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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (361 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kevin Michael Connolly Narrator: Kevin Michael Connolly Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Kevin Michael Connolly is a twenty-four-year-old man who has seen the world in a way most of us never will. Whether swarmed by Japanese tourists at Epcot Center as a child or holding court at the X Games on his mono-ski, Kevin Connolly has been an object of curiosity since the day he was born without legs. Growing up in rural Montana, he was raised like any other kid (except, that is, for his father's MacGyver-like contraptions such as the "butt boot"). As a college student, Kevin traveled to seventeen countries on his skateboard, including Bosnia, China, Ukraine, and Japan. In an attempt to capture the stares of others, he took more than 30,000 photographs of people staring at him. In this dazzling memoir, Kevin Connolly casts the lens inward to explore how we view ourselves and what it is to truly see another person. From the home of his family in Helena, Montana, to the streets of Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur, Kevin's remarkable journey will change the way you look at others, and the way you see yourself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beautiful, revealing, and stimulating…[Connolly] is a good storyteller…whether describing his first high school wrestling match, the path from novice to champion skier or what it’s like to travel around the world on a skateboard.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Kevin Connolly has used an unusual physical circumstance to create a gripping work of art. This deeply affecting memoir will place him in the company of Jeanette Walls and Augusten Burroughs.”

    Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants

  • “Life’s most successful survivors meet adversity head on, with an unflinching eye, candor and with humor. Kevin Connolly has such an eye and weaves a rich memoir from the gut about his amazing journey through life.”

    Lee Woodruff, author of In an Instant 

  • “[A] charming memoir…Connolly recounts growing up a scrappy Montana kid—one who happened to be born without legs…[Double Take] makes for an empowering read.”


  • “A courageous, immensely rewarding chronicle expressed in arresting words and pictures.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “[Double Take] reminds the reader that perspective is everything. It’s an inspiring read about a human being who doesn’t concern himself with what he has lost or never had. [Kevin Connolly] is a lucky man, sharing his bounty with us.”

    Sacramento Book Review

  • Selected for the December 2009 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dara Jameson | 2/19/2014

    " i enjoyed kevin's honest, matter of fact voice. once again i am just amazed at how other people live. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathy | 2/10/2014

    " A photographer shoots from his unusual perspective and learns about himself. "

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

    " An intriguing backstory that never quite hits the mark in the novel version. I first saw Kevin on the X-games, large and in charge on the monoski and when I heard he had written a book about his lack of legs and how that impacted his life I knew I had my next "to read." Aside from the chapter "Slow Dancing," which allows the reader into Kevin's head while he wrestles with the challenge of being "different" and how that affects his heart and soul. In the end, I enjoyed this book, but it left me with more questions than answers. Hey, Kev, wanna grab a beer? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah Grant | 2/4/2014

    " I really wanted to read this book because it's a memoir of a 23-year old guy from Helena, Montana, who travels the world and has no legs! Two things I'm interested in and something I've never read about. I loved Kevin's writing style and he's great at describing the places and people he sees - and now I really want to visit Ukraine and New Zealand. It was also fascinating to learn what it's like to grow up and live like a bipedal person, but on a skateboard (not a wheel chair!). In some ways, I wanted the book to be longer, I wanted to learn more about what his relationship was like with his girlfriend, among other things. But overall "Double Take" is definitely worth your time. "

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About the Author

Kevin Michael Connolly was born in Helena, Montana, in 1985. Born without legs, Kevin was an otherwise healthy baby and grew up like any other Montana kid: getting dirty, running in the woods, and getting dirty some more. Funded by a second-place finish at the 2006 Winter X Games, Kevin took a skateboard and backpack on a tour around the world to more than seventeen countries including Malaysia, Japan, Ukraine, and China. Along the way, he captured over 33,000 photographs of people staring at him. These images evolved into a photo collection entitled The Rolling Exhibition, which has garnered international media attention and been featured at museums and galleries around the world.