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Thirst

A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World
Narrated by: Scott Harrison
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
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Publisher's Summary

A New York Times best seller

An inspiring personal story of redemption, second chances, and the transformative power within us all, from the founder and CEO of the nonprofit charity: water. 

At 28 years old, Scott Harrison had it all. A top nightclub promoter in New York City, his life was an endless cycle of drugs, booze, models - repeat. But 10 years in, desperately unhappy and morally bankrupt, he asked himself, "What would the exact opposite of my life look like?" Walking away from everything, Harrison spent the next 16 months on a hospital ship in West Africa and discovered his true calling. In 2006, with no money and less than no experience, Harrison founded charity: water. Today, his organization has raised more than $300 million to bring clean drinking water to more than 8.2 million people around the globe. 

In Thirst, Harrison recounts the twists and turns that built charity: water into one of the most trusted and admired nonprofits in the world. Renowned for its 100 percent donation model, bold storytelling, imaginative branding, and radical commitment to transparency, charity: water has disrupted how social entrepreneurs work while inspiring millions of people to join its mission of bringing clean water to everyone on the planet within our lifetime. 

In the tradition of such best-selling books as Shoe Dog and Mountains Beyond Mountains, Thirst is a riveting account of how to build a better charity, a better business, a better life - and a gritty tale that proves it’s never too late to make a change. 

The author will donate 100 percent of his net proceeds from Thirst to fund charity: water projects around the world.  

©2018 Scott Harrison (P)2018 Random House Audio

What the critics say

Thirst is a story about all of us. In sharing his own remarkable journey, Scott shows us how to find the extraordinary in the ordinary, how to find hope in despair, and how simple acts of generosity can transform everything from what we believe about ourselves to how we connect with each other. In the end, Thirst is about what matters most. Love.” (Brené Brown, PhD, author of the number-one New York Times best-seller Braving the Wilderness)   

“This book does for the soul what water does for a parched throat. Scott Harrison shares his extraordinary transformation from party animal into the visionary leader of one of the world’s most creative and crucial charities. His story will inspire you to think bigger, feel deeper, and give more.” (Adam Grant, New York Times best-selling author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg)    

“Scott Harrison's Thirst is a hope-filled book about finding your purpose in life and pursuing it against all odds. From the many unbelievable stories Harrison shares from the field, to the moments when charity: water’s survival was in question, this book will inspire you to believe that you are more than the obstacles life has put in your path, and the world is more generous than it often seems.” (Arianna Huffington, founder of HuffPost, founder and CEO of Thrive Global)    

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INCREDIBLE

My first audiobook, and my absolute favourite book! Scott is such an incredible author. His passion is infectious, and his story that he shares in Thirst is one that will forever shape my life. Highly recommend

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I Made It Last

I’ve been in love with Charity:Water for years and so buying Thirst was the simplest part. I would listen and listen and then force myself to make it last as long as I could because I never wanted the fire in me to go out about this beautiful initiative. I’ll probably re-listen one day, and read it to my kids too. There’s so much, but most of it it joy and hope and love.

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Inspirational

What an incredible and inspirational real life story about how one person, changed by God, can inspire others and make a real and lasting difference.

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A Must Read!

This is one of the best books I've ever spent time in. What Charity Water has done for the global water crisis is awesome and this story is a true testimony to the transformational power of Jesus. This is an incredibly inspirational read sure to ignite the fire of the Lord in many. May God continue to bless you, Charity Water as well as the thousands of His children you touch!!

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An amazingly inspirational story!

This book is a must-read! It’s a story of one man finding his true purpose in life and going all-in, whatever the cost, and all for the benefit of people that will likely never know his name.

There is so much to learn from Scott’s book that I think I will hit play again right now.

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Amazing inspiring book

I love to hear a real and transparent story that inspires to take action and more important to really see that making a difference just requires the desire to do it

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GREAT BOOK

I started Facebook because I am a hair stylist that works with Aveda. our Earth month charity program goes to charity water and I thought it would be great to hear about where it all started.

I was a little hesitant to to read it because let's face it this is not the style of book I usually go for. but it surprised me through and through, what a great read, never wanted to stop.

so many different emotions the whole way through, I read the audiobook for this and so many times on my way to work I would be sobbing while listening. happy and sad tears.

just a great book and it definitely makes me happy to know that this is the charity that we chose to support.

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Great Way To Start The Year!

My first audible book and it was incredible! Scott does a fantastic job narrating his book. It feels like you are literally going through it with him. He is a phenomenal story teller and his story is so eye opening and inspiring.

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Amazing and so inspiring!

I have listened to many podcasts and audiobooks and this is the first book that I have ever taken the time to write a review. It is the most inspiring book I have ever listened to.

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awesome!

This was by far one of the best books I've ever read! We all need to read this. One person can make a difference, and together we can make great changes in the world.

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  • April Ackroyd
  • 2018-10-07

Inspiring!

I listened to this book during every free minute I could, including sneaking outside next to my garbage can while my teenagers had 7 school friends over! “I loved it” wouldn’t be strong enough... I’m sad it’s over. Scott is a gifted leader and has blessed the lives of God’s children in such an immeasurable way... I’m so proud I joined The Spring last May and I only wish I had enough to attend the Charity Ball.. what an amazing experience. I’m looking forward with Hope and excitement for the future work of this great charity.

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  • Lauren glass
  • 2018-10-11

The hope & encouragement I needed!

Last year, I found myself in a very dark place. I made the difficult decision to exit the social impact business I had founded, lived, and breathed for nearly 10 years. I have since been praying for a sign that God isn’t finished with my life yet & this book was exactly that. It could not have come at a better time. This book has truly changed my life. Thank you, Scott for sharing your story & the story of many others so perfectly! Can’t wait to go home & join the Spring!!

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  • Michelle
  • 2018-11-03

Reads like a novel

It was hard to step away from. Beautiful story told - of both Scott and the people he impacted along the way.

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  • Kimberly A. Silva
  • 2018-10-30

Incredible Story

I could not stop listening!!!! I was so drawn in and completely inspired by the lives that were forever changed.

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  • D. Brunk
  • Colorado
  • 2018-10-29

Wonderful approach to giving

I loved this book! So much information and such a different look at how to help others plus the incredible water challenges so many face.
I love his outside the box thinking and how honestly he talked about his journey.
I think it would be an excellent book to add to school curriculum for all the discussions it would provoke about personal decisions and global needs and situations

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-11

Scott! What an inspiration!

First off wow, very well written. Scott you are an amazing story teller and the passion in your voice is contagious. Thank you so much for your time and effort over the years to committing to bringing clean water everywhere: I look forward to partnering with and hopefully meeting you one day. Nothing but love for this book. God Bless you and your family!

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  • Rude One
  • Wayne NJ
  • 2019-04-08

It brought me to tears!

Scott,

As a police officer and a father of four you are a true inspiration. The book, the story and the details were all jawdropping. (Pardon the pun) You continued to show me what one human is truly capable of accomplishing. As a lifelong resident of NJ, I am proud we are proud to be new spring members and look forward to meeting you and helping you on your mission.

Joe Rude and Family

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  • Keara D.
  • 2019-04-04

Incredible

This book was phenomenal start to finish. I felt like Scott was in the car having a personal conversation with me. Written well and very entertaining!

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  • Davide
  • 2019-03-31

Deeply inspiring!

This book is truly captivating, I couldn’t stop listening through the chapters as Scott tells his beautiful story of redemption and passion to help people in need. I loved his energy and commitment. It’s such a greatly inspiring book, I’m so glad I came across it: it enriched my soul and inspired me to action.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-27

Thirst is an inspiration to all

loved it! Really great message to give and feel good about being part of something

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