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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,503 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Kurson Narrator: Doug Ordunio Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Mike May spent his life crashing through. Blinded at age three, he defied expectations by breaking world records in downhill speed skiing, joining the CIA, and becoming a successful inventor, entrepreneur, and family man. He had never yearned for vision. Then, in 1999, a chance encounter brought startling news: a revolutionary stem cell transplant surgery could restore May’s vision. It would allow him to drive, to read, to see his children’s faces. But the procedure was filled with gambles, some of them deadly, others beyond May’s wildest dreams. Beautifully written and thrillingly told, Crashing Through is a journey of suspense, daring, romance, and insight into the mysteries of vision and the brain. Robert Kurson gives us a fascinating account of one man’s choice to explore what it means to see–and to truly live.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Drew Danko | 2/19/2014

    " Of all my senses I always considered vision the one I would not be able to lose. So this story hit home with me. The background section dragged a little, but when Mike had to decide if he wanted his vision restored the book became really interesting. Most people would wonder why it was debatable, but if you knew Mike May you would understand why it was not an automatic choice. The rest of the book was exciting as it covered the rest of Mike's remarkable trek plus you learned some valuable lessons on the process of seeing, something which most folks take for granted. Seeing maybe the most complex process we develop as humans, and it all ties into our brain's ability to acquire knowledge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by JulieK | 2/16/2014

    " The story of a man who was blind from age 3 and then has his sight restored. I enjoyed this on two levels. This fearless guy had lived a very full and adventurous life while blind, and really had to think about whether vision would add anything he needed. Following him through the surgery and his experience of his new vision really was interesting. There was also the Oliver Sacks-ish angle, looking at how vision works - how just because someone's eyes work doesn't mean their brain can process what they're seeing. Worth a read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Twila | 2/8/2014

    " A book about an unusual journey. Just keep in mind this book is some what of a documentary "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mandy | 2/6/2014

    " Amazing story, not sure I liked the author personally, but that could be the ghost writer. This is supposed to be made into a movie soon. "

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