Touch the Top of the World

  • by Erik Weihenmayer
  • Narrated by Nick Sullivan
  • 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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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.
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- CA Weir

what an achievement

fantastic book just shows what someone with sight. loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys climbing
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- graham

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-05-2002
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.