Christopher Reeve has mastered the art of turning the impossible into the inevitable. In Nothing Is Impossible, Reeve shows that we are all capable of overcoming seemingly insurmountable hardships. He interweaves anecdotes from his own life with excerpts from speeches and interviews he's given.
Reeve teaches us that for able-bodied people, paralysis is a choice - a choice to live with self-doubt and a fear of taking risks - and that it is not an acceptable one. Reeve knows from experience that the work of conquering inner space is hard and that it requires some suffering - after all, nothing worth having is easy to get. He asks challenging questions about why it seems so difficult - if not impossible - for us to work together as a society. He steers the reader gently, offering his reflections and guidance but not the pat answers that often characterize inspirational works.
Published on the eve of both his fiftieth birthday and the seventh anniversary of his spinal cord injury, Christopher Reeve's Nothing Is Impossible reminds us that life is not to be taken for granted but to be lived fully with zeal, curiosity, and gratitude. That is a powerful message in itself, but it is the messenger who gives it its full resonance.
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"Reeve's skill as an actor lends itself beautifully to reading his own prose." (AudioFile)
I firmly believe that we tend to greatly hinder ourselves and obstacles tend to make us stronger. And individuals like Christopher Reeve have learned to overcome these extreme hardships. I expected this book to be something about the insight he has learned.
Instead, this book is about his life and his opinions on stem cell research. All of which I found quite interesting, but certainly has very little to do with what the book's synopsis and title imply.
Even though I like Christopher Reeve's writing style and felt it was a fascinating book, I feel that the book is little to do with the touted subject. Which of course is how it is marketed and why I bought it.
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.
Maybe I'm biased. Like so many others like me, Christopher Reeve has been a role model for me since Superman first hit the big screen. As I grew up, I got to learn about the man behind the Man of Steel, and his "can do" attitude continued to inspire. Between the accident that left him paralyzed and his death years later, Reeve's inner strength proved the title of this book to be true. Nothing is impossible.
So many years later, it's still heart-wrenching to hear him speak about his experiences in his own words, so it's no surprise this book packs quite the punch. At the same time, this is one of those stories that only he could tell with all of the humanity and personal conviction he could bring to bear. There's nothing sugar-coated here; the tragedy and the optimism are both as genuine as the man himself. This audiobook is written and presented in such a way that he's speaking directly to you.
Before the end of his life, Reeve was able to walk again, with assistance, and only a few steps at a time. But it did happen. The force of will to do that is unquestioningly great, and it's something few of us can fathom. This book helps to fill in the picture a bit, and to show that this level of commitment to an idea is not only human, it's within us all. Whatever the situation, whatever the misfortune, we are gifted with untold reserves that help us to adapt and to (as Reeve himself has said) "go forward." This is the legacy of Christopher Reeve. It's a message all of us deserve to hear.
This audiobook is priceless, because it is narrated by Reeve himself. This gives the whole experience a special dimention.
Inspiring beyond belief. A great book by a great man.
Because this is an audiobook here, and not just the written word, the first thing I should say is that the narration by Christopher Reeve is just fantastic. The content is also pretty good, but it does seem to wander off the topic you'd expect, as the previous reviewer noted. However, Nothing Is Impossible still manages to make it's point without relying too much on the late Mr. Reeve's disability. I consider this book to have been 3 or so hours well spent, leaving me with a lesson that I may have already known, but sometimes it pays to hear it again from someone with a profound perspective.
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