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Touch the Top of the World Audiobook
Touch the Top of the World
Written by: 
Erik Weihenmayer
Narrated by: 
Nick Sullivan
Touch the Top of the World Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

Erik Weihenmayer was born with retinoscheses, a degenerative eye disorder that would leave him blind by the age of 13. But Erik was determined to rise above this devastating disability and lead a fulfilling and exciting life. In this poignant and inspiring memoir, he shares his struggle to push past the limits imposed on him by his visual impairment - and by a seeing world.

He speaks movingly of the role his family played in his battle to break through the barriers of blindness: the mother who prayed for the miracle that would restore her son's sight and the father who encouraged him to strive for that distant mountaintop. And he tells the story of his dream to climb the world's Seven Summits—and how he turned that dream into astonishing reality, something fewer than 200 mountaineers have achieved.

From the snow-capped summit of McKinley to the towering peaks of Aconcagua and Kilimanjaro to the ultimate challenge, Mount Everest, this is a story about daring to dream in the face of impossible odds. It is about finding the courage to reach for that ultimate summit and transform your life into something truly miraculous.

©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!

    3 of 3 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 2012

    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!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie GLENDALE, AZ, United States 03-07-16
    Leslie GLENDALE, AZ, United States 03-07-16 Member Since 2013
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    "I'm so glad I found this hidden gem!"
    If you could sum up Touch the Top of the World in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring and exciting


    What other book might you compare Touch the Top of the World to and why?

    I don't think any book can compare to this one and what Erik has achieved. I really love books about people who are given boundaries by the world and ignore them. So if I were to compare this book in that category I'd say "On My Own Two Feet" about an athlete who is a double amputee.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Sullivan – was your favorite?

    Erik Weihenmayer of course. He is a very real person. It's not like he said one day "I'm going to climb Mount Everest" and everything was fine. He had fear, struggles and doubts and he was very honest about those feelings. His book taught many valuable lessons and one of those is that we all need someone at some point in our lives and accepting that help increases our ability to achieve our goals. Erik learned to accept that help after fighting against it as a teenager. He also helped many others as well. The other characters in this book were also very courageous including all of his hiking companions and guides. When the best in the world said they wouldn't want to be guiding him, that didn't stop him. He found the right team. He hiked every step on his own, so anyone who thinks this was a walk in the park should wear a blindfold, grab a cane and see if you can even make it to the end of your block. I must also give credit to these incredible individuals who provided the "eyes" for Erik and believed in him. These men were amazing. Erik's father is also inspirational. I love how he always found a way to cheer on his son from the sidelines including flying in a plane over one of his summits.


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

    I would love to see this as a movie and a tag line might be "Seeing beyond our limitations".


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a bit of a hidden gem because it was several pages in when I was browsing for memoirs of someone I thought might be interesting and inspiring. I enjoy adventure stories as well so this seemed like the perfect book and I was not disappointed. It is an incredible story and I'd love to see teachers assign this as reading to their students. I enjoyed every minute of it. The book is extremely well written and it kept me interested from beginning to end. I can't believe it's not on the bestseller list yet!

    1 of 1 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 2010

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Anderson Dallas, TX 01-12-04
    Steve Anderson Dallas, TX 01-12-04 Member Since 2004
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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.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    5/12/08
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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