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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (507 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Erik Weihenmayer Narrator: Nick Sullivan Publisher: AudioGO Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2002 ISBN:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 2/10/2014

    " Amazing and inspirational - and a great writer. "

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

    " Not only is ERic's story incredibly inspiring, he made me laugh! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 1/29/2014

    " A must read. Very inspirational. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 1/28/2014

    " Inspiring story by a remarkable athlete. The writing isn't his greatest strength, but there is so much to admire in Erik Weihenmayer's adventures, that the time you spend together is time well spent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Staci | 1/28/2014

    " Excellent - a must read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zach Hartzell | 1/24/2014

    " autobiography. ehh kinda boring. It is really kool how a guy who lost his eye sight at a young age ended up climbing huge mountains but it seemed like a lot of the same. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Baniza | 1/22/2014

    " great book... inspired me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 1/16/2014

    " Quirky read about a woman who turns invisible after taking a combination of prescription drugs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 1/14/2014

    " Not my favorite memoir, but still has interesting explorations of the cultural divide between the seeing and blind (and the partially blind). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philippa | 1/2/2014

    " This story was very inspirational and compelling. I was touched by this quote about his leadership. "Leading was the ability to move forward through darkness toward those immense possibilities, unseen yet sensed, while others allowed the darkness to paralyze them." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 11/16/2013

    " My friends call me lame for loving this book so much, but it's so inspiring, how can you not?!! If that makes me lame than SO BE IT!! ;-) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daryl Knezevich | 11/11/2013

    " Good read! Though at times the "life lessons" were a bit cheesy, but touching nonetheless. I would recommend this book to people who are out for a good story of a simple life with tremendous obstacles, yet the protagonist switches the latter and the former with a solid don't quit attitude. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luann | 10/23/2013

    " Erik was a guest speaker at work a few years back - he tells a very poignant story of his life as a blind man and how he didn't let his disability hold him back from anything. A wonderful inspiration. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Niniane Wang | 10/15/2013

    " Amazing. I cried. Super inspirational and well-written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 7/14/2013

    " I heard the author speak and was blown away by his determination and strength. He has done more than I could ever imagine and has faced dangerous odds and great pain in doing so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zabetta Camilleri | 7/10/2013

    " My favourite quote from the book ... People's perceptions of limitations are more limiting than those limitations themselves. He soooo proved himself right. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 3/16/2013

    " I had the opportunity to meet Erik Weihenmayer a couple of years ago. He is an amazing man who offers inspiration through is victories and is challenges. The book is a easy read, but gives a good narrative of his journy. Has really powerful messages about trust, teamwork, and loyality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/12/2012

    " I read this book years ago after I met Erik and heard him speak. This is the story of his life - not only his climbing, but his experiences growing up that helped form him into the courageous and outstanding person he is. Everyone should read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 10/1/2012

    " This book was amazing. It didn't hurt that I am currently watching it's author on Expediction Impossible on CBS this summer. A blind guy climbing a mountain? Yep! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris | 9/8/2012

    " The author is the only blind man to climb the seven summits! If you want an inspirational read, look no further. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhonda | 12/30/2011

    " A great biography! Inspirational "you can do ANYTHING you set your mind to do" story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 12/24/2011

    " Heard a lecture from this author and couldn't wait to read the book. Amazing what a person can do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett Weitzel | 8/13/2011

    " It is an inspiring book with some heartfelt messages. Not the most intellectual book but a fun and quick read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 8/7/2011

    " Heard Erik speak at a conference a few years ago, he has an incredible story. I've read this twice over the years and highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Macky | 5/23/2011

    " don't think I'll ever climb everest but reading the book makes me think wtf am I gonna do "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Macky | 1/10/2011

    " don't think I'll ever climb everest but reading the book makes me think wtf am I gonna do "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris | 8/1/2010

    " The author is the only blind man to climb the seven summits! If you want an inspirational read, look no further. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelli | 4/1/2010

    " This book gave me greater appreciation for blindness, and reminded me just how much we are capable of, regardless of our circumstances or disabilities.

    I feel challenged to go climb more mountains, or just plain move to Colorado :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philippa | 3/12/2010

    " This story was very inspirational and compelling. I was touched by this quote about his leadership. "Leading was the ability to move forward through darkness toward those immense possibilities, unseen yet sensed, while others allowed the darkness to paralyze them." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 8/14/2009

    " This book is extremely honest, which I always appreciate. I would give the first half or so of the book 5 stars, but I got a little bored with it once the story got to be completely about climbing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhonda | 6/15/2009

    " A great biography! Inspirational "you can do ANYTHING you set your mind to do" story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lau | 5/7/2009

    " after hearing erik weihenmayer speak, and then meeting him, i read his book. i figured his story alone would sell, that it wouldn't have to be witty or well-written... but it IS! i laughed out loud and even got a bit misty eyed a time or two. this is just a great story all around. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 4/24/2009

    " Incredible, inspiring autobiography. Shows the power of the indomitable human spirit and changes the common perception of blindness as a handicap. Some parts seemed tedious with detail, but in the end reader can appreciate exactly why the book was written as it was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marci | 4/5/2009

    " This book is about a blind man who climbs mount everest, but he is a good story teller of the events that lead up to that point in his life. Only problem is some of his stories are less than G rated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grace | 3/24/2009

    " The best part of this book was how he described his coming to terms with going blind. He was angry. He was a jerk. I found it very realistic and it made him very human, especially since I have a disabled sister and know that disabled doesn't equal perfect. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zach | 3/10/2009

    " autobiography. ehh kinda boring. It is really kool how a guy who lost his eye sight at a young age ended up climbing huge mountains but it seemed like a lot of the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 3/1/2009

    " Heard a lecture from this author and couldn't wait to read the book. Amazing what a person can do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian | 1/28/2009

    " Quick read - interestly in that he just spoke to our students "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juan | 1/23/2009

    " i saw him speak too. it made me want to climb the hill behind my house. "

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About the Author

Erik Weihenmayer is a world-class athlete: an acrobatic skydiver, long-distance biker, marathon runner, skier, mountaineer, ice climber, and rock climber. In 2008 he became the first blind person to climb the world’s Seven Summits, including Mount Everest.

About the Narrator

Nick Sullivan has worked extensively on Broadway and at many theaters throughout the United States. His television credits include The Good Wife, Madame Secretary, Boardwalk Empire, 30 Rock, Elementary, Alpha House, Royal Pains, All My Children, Reading Rainbow, and all three Law & Order series. Film credits include Our Idiot Brother, Prison Song, and Puccini for Beginners. He has recorded hundreds of audiobooks, is an Audie Award winner, and has received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards.