This is the story of Mike May who undergoes surgery to renew the sight he lost at age three. The book opens by detailing May's decision to undergo the surgery and the initial results of this experiment. The latter portions consider the problems he encounterd after the surgery along with the neurological studies he endured.
The book is a curious combination of biography, science, and story telling. The listener will come away with a new appreciation for sight and a fuller understanding of what it means to perceive the world around us through sight.
The reading is very good, the writing - okay, and the information well worth the time.
I found this book fascinating and have continued to think about it even after finishing it, as well as recommended it to others. I would love to listen to it again actually. Certainly Robert Kurson is not your average blind man to begin with and I am confident sighted, or not-sighted, he would have quite an adventurous life but knowing that he is/was blind, his story is all the more interesting. This book certainly got me thinking and making connections to learning differences, like dyslexia and how the brain works, and sensory processing, how we raise our kids, etc. To me, that is a good book - one that makes you think and make bigger connections so I loved it. Just writing this review makes me eager to listen to it again.
This is a fascinating story of one man's journey from darkness into the light. What I loved the most is the descriptions of how this post-blind person sees and experiences the world and processes the new visual perceptions. There are so many things I never would have understand about being blind or how the brain processes information. The detailed descriptions and metaphors were amazing, but not over the top. The performance was outstanding!
I didn't pay close attention to what audio book I had downloaded. this story grabbed me from the very beginning. Going on a journey with a person that lost his sight and now has to choose whether he'll take the risks to get it back...with no guarentees...was such a personal story. what a courageous person surrounded by people that loved and respected him with or without sight.
one of the best books I've ever listened to. it will broaden ur perspective about senses and perception. it's about life, attitude, family, and ones goals. my only thought would be that the main guy Mike May would have done a great job reading/narrating. you will enjoy this book immensely÷
This is the best book I have read in many years. I am legally blind and lost my ability to read only a few years ago, so I am relatively new to the audiobook experience. Is Michael may states in the epilogue, the first important aspect of an audiobook is its content. I believe this book is the best source of information on the subject of blindness and low vision.The insights and perspectives of what it is like to be blind and what it is like to have vision are impeccably described. For the blind or low vision reader, there is so much here to relate with. For those who are fully cited, this book offers the best description I ever have read of what it is like to be visually impaired. The story is exciting, emotional, and inspiring. The narration is the best I have experienced. As one who continually is losing vision, Michael Mays words of encouragement to continue being curious, and his story and example, are the most unique and powerful words of encouragement I have heard. I am extremely grateful to Michael May, author Robert Cursin, and this gifted narrator. This review has been dictated, so please excuse any miss spellings or other errors.
There are a few parts where I wanted to look back at and it's hard to do with audio.
When he realizes that his brain has to learn what he's looking at. Tactile exploration was the connection to his new world.
When his sons treated him the same whether he could see or not.
yes but really intense and needed a break to think about what had happened
Robert Kurson has done it again! Intense details and the real life tragedy turned scientific miracle! Truly a fascinating account of a brave strong fearless man and his beautiful family.
Mike you and your family are treasures and for me and I dont often feel this way but I am just blown away with respect and admiation for you all.
I work in disability and will never be able to engage another vision impaired person without wondering how they would accept the gift you were given and if they could and or would show your and your families beautiful intelect in dealing with your set backs. Good luck to you Jen and the boys. And yes I do believe Robert captured your knowing smile and cheeky outlook on all that life has to offer.