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Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man's Journey to Climb Farther Than the Eye Can See | [Erik Weihenmayer]

Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man's Journey to Climb Farther Than the Eye Can See

Erik Weihenmayer was the first blind man to summit McKinley. He also reached the top of Everest, scaled the 3,300-foot wall of El Capitan, and married his sweetheart on Kilimanjaro. This is his remarkable story, about daring to dream in the face of a seemingly insurmountable limitation. Jon Krakauer, author of Into Thin Air, calls Weihenmayer "an inspiration to other blind people and plenty of us folks who can see just fine."
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Publisher's Summary

From the snowcapped summit of McKinley to the ultimate challenge of Everest, this is a story about daring to dream in the face of a seemingly insurmountable limitation. It is about finding the courage to reach for that ultimate summit and transforming your life into something truly miraculous.

In this inspiring memoir, Erik Weihenmayer shares his struggle to push past the limits imposed on him by his visual impairment - and by the assumptions of a seeing world. He speaks movingly of the role his family played in his battle to break through the barriers of blindness. And he tells the story of his dream to climb the world's highest peaks. Only 100 mountaineers have climbed all Seven Summits, the highest peaks on each of the continents, and Erik is joining that elite club.

©2001, 2002 Erik Weihenmayer; (P)2002 The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.

What the Critics Say

"An inspiration to other blind people and plenty of us folks who can see just fine." (Jon Krakauer, author of Into Thin Air)
"Vivid and compelling." (Time)
"A heartfelt, astounding tale." (The Washington Post Book World)

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    Charles Fernandina Beach, FL, USA 12-13-08
    Charles Fernandina Beach, FL, USA 12-13-08
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    "Outstanding!"

    I listened to this book three times because it is so rich with descriptions of the author's travels and his tenacity in overcoming a "handicap." He shows us all that our only handicap is our own limited thinking!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Spencer Reynolds Farmington, UT, United States 02-10-14
    C. Spencer Reynolds Farmington, UT, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2003

    If there is ever a time I don't have at least 5 books in process on my iPhone or kindle app something must be wrong...

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    "Such an amazing story of moving forward..."
    Where does Touch the Top of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really truly enjoyed every part of the book! I was actually moved to tears a few times from what he endured.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that he is just a normal guy that decided to amazing things and never gave in or gave up! Oh and the fact that he was blind added a power of ten.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Touch The Top of the World, even if you can't see it!


    Any additional comments?

    The support system he has in his life is stellar. Family and friends that back him and allow him to push every boundary dreamed up, he never allowed anyone to hold him back from his greatness. He's the type of guy I'd love hang out with and learn from, his perseverance is astounding!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer W Logan, UT 05-30-12
    Jennifer W Logan, UT 05-30-12 Member Since 2009

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    "A book everyone should read."

    Erik's story is for everyone. It will inspire you to do more with your life and reach a little higher.

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    Steven Anderson Dallas, TX 01-12-04
    Steven Anderson Dallas, TX 01-12-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Didn't keep my attention"

    This is the first audioboook I abandoned half-way through. Maybe it would have been better if the author performed the actual voice naration. The first half of the audiobook (or maybe more) is about Eric's youth an early adult years.... not so much about climbing. I'm not sure why I didn't connect. Usually I eat this kind of stuff up.

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  • Colin
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    "An inspiring listen"

    I love climbing tales, but sometimes I find authors attempt to describe the view, the rock formations, the sequence of moves etc, don't work leaving the reader/listener slightly overwhelmed and confused, unable to form a mental picture.

    Perhaps this is why this story works so well? Eric brilliantly describes his experiences of climbing in a way that one can immediately understand and instantly relate to. His description of leading El Cap is mind blowing. His achievements are above and beyond what most people are capable of; the fact that he is blind is immaterial.

    This title works so well as an audio product and it?s one of the most inspirational climbing tales I?ve ever heard, and I think most importantly, Eric is extremely likeable as a person which makes his story even more rewarding.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Skerries, Ireland
    1/9/12
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    "Get it!"

    An amazing book about all the good in rock climbing, mountaineering and human beings. I was looking for a hard core mountaineering book and found, by chance, a book that gives just that and a lot...lot more. It’s not about the view from the top....its about every decision, your own and that of others that gets you there...Ballsy, sad, heart warming, funny, honest.....Awesome!

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