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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: October 2009 ISBN: 9780061981562
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“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

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

As featured on 20/20, NPR, and in the Washington Post: Kevin Connolly is a young man born without legs who travels the world—by skateboard, with his camera—on his “Rolling Exhibition,” snapping pictures of peoples’ reactions to him… and finds out along the way what it truly means to be human.

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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.”

    People

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cristin | 2/2/2014

    " Terrific in many ways, a thought provoking coming of age memoir from a very young man. I was particularly moved by his raw account of living fully with his handicap and discovery of how others saw him. That he turned his self discovery into a meaningful expression of art speaks to his maturity and depth. Loved this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Love | 2/1/2014

    " Super well written. I went to college with this guy, he is so inspiring and funny. Loved the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 1/20/2014

    " This seemed to be a great way for the author to be on a similar playing field as everyone else. As they stare, so does he. He remains adventurous and positive about life, regardless of the obstacles and sympathetic nature of others. I applaud him and his stategies. His parents were also smart to allow him to be involved in life and choose his activities. I liked the reaction of his mother when he was about to set out on his tsavel adventures. She did not deny his enthusiasm, nor damper his ideas. Goo, thoughtful lessons throughout the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 1/16/2014

    " Like another reviewer said, this book was strangely fascinating. A true story of a boy born without legs, but raised to not be bothered by his handicap. He hates prosthesis. He hates wheelchairs. He loves his longboard. Kevin Connolly has done more than a lot of us, and visited more places on earth than many of us ever will. His account of life at the bottom. He decides to do a big project of photographing people around the world looking (down) at him. Doing a double take. A quick, poignant, unforgettable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A. | 1/15/2014

    " Connolly's memoir is good but his photographs are painful and astounding. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason | 1/8/2014

    " I decided to read this book because I have seen Kevin cruising around on his skateboard and thought it would be interesting to see what his perspective is on life and how he got where he is today. In that regard I found this book to be interesting, however I didn't find the memory to very engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 12/19/2013

    " Intriguing look at the meaning of disability and our tendency to create stories about other people in order to make sense of the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbi | 12/14/2013

    " Great biography, interesting perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 11/28/2013

    " Double Take is a satisfying memoir by Kevin Connolly who was born without legs in 1985 in Helena Montana. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/23/2013

    " Good book! Very personal story. I appreciate that the author isn't too full of himself and tells his story simply and with great meaning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 1/22/2013

    " Thought-provoking read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa | 1/10/2013

    " amazing story. if you like memoirs,a must read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 12/11/2012

    " Really great book! Thought the author had a great sense of humor and fascinating life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 11/14/2012

    " An ultimately unsatisfying memoir by an extraordinary young man. I wish he would have dug a bit deeper instead of offering a fairly straightforward chronicle of these passages in his life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 6/20/2012

    " A memoir about a guy born with no legs. It's really inspiring to see what he makes of his life and how he cones to terms with his differences. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MaryJohanna | 5/7/2012

    " I really wanted to like this book - and found Connolly's photo project interesting. In the end, I was left wanting. It was just OK. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 4/19/2012

    " Well written, and interesting life experiences (though the author is still very young). I'm not usually a fan of too much introspection, but it was merited in this book as the author came to grips with others' perceptions of him. Highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 1/6/2012

    " I tend toward memoirs, always have since 6th grade. This one is funny, it's honest, and the last few chapters are so thought-provoking I read them twice. Hate to move on from this one... Looking forward to the OneBook Bozeman events with this author thei Fall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 12/28/2011

    " Great memoir - the author takes a very honest, pragmatic look at his life as a paraplegic and grapples with how he perceives other people see him, and comes to terms with how he sees himself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 10/5/2011

    " I loved Kevin's take on his condition (never really letting it get in his way or set him back). It was inspiring. And his use of photography, re-ignited a bug in me to get out there and take more pictures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 9/23/2011

    " I really enjoyed the stories that were shared in this memoir. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimmie | 4/13/2011

    " I read this book in a day and a half. That never happens with me anymore. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summer | 4/5/2011

    " Our book club pick of the month. Just started it, amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cody | 3/8/2011

    " Great story of overcoming one's self and their world. I will say that Sara Gruen (Water for Elephants) has obviously never read Augusten Burroughs' books since she used that as a comparison in her review. The only thing that they have in common is both being memoirs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kather21 | 2/6/2011

    " 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 Kim | 1/22/2011

    " This was an interesting memoir (a guy born without legs learns to be a competitive skier and then travels the world with a photo project), but lacked great literary talent from the author. He had a good story to tell, and it was an easy read, so I enjoyed it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Britta | 12/20/2010

    " Very interesting and well writen "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michãel | 10/24/2010

    " I thought it was well done especially given how young the author is. Loved hearing his perspective on things. Kind of neat that I had actually seen him rolling around town before I read this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 10/16/2010

    " inspiring story, very neat guy. quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gay | 9/8/2010

    " This book gave me a better understanding of a person's life with a "double take" body. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 9/6/2010

    " Double Take is a satisfying memoir by Kevin Connolly who was born without legs in 1985 in Helena Montana. "

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About the Author

Born without legs, raised in Montana, and now a skateboarding world traveler, Kevin Michael Connolly has seen the world in a way most people never will. His internationally acclaimed photo series, The Rolling Exhibition, which encompasses seventeen countries and more than 30,000 photographs of people staring at him, has been featured in museums and galleries around the world.