Nothing Is Impossible

  • by Christopher Reeve
  • Narrated by Christopher Reeve
  • 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable. If we can conquer outer space, we can conquer inner space, too. Christopher Reeve has mastered the art of turning the impossible into the inevitable. In Nothing Is Impossible, Reeve shows that we are all capable of overcoming seemingly insurmountable hardships. He interweaves anecdotes from his own life with excerpts from speeches and interviews he's given. Reeve teaches us that for able-bodied people, paralysis is a choice - a choice to live with self-doubt and a fear of taking risks - and that it is not an acceptable one. Reeve knows from experience that the work of conquering inner space is hard and that it requires some suffering - after all, nothing worth having is easy to get. He asks challenging questions about why it seems so difficult - if not impossible - for us to work together as a society. He steers the reader gently, offering his reflections and guidance but not the pat answers that often characterize inspirational works. Published on the eve of both his fiftieth birthday and the seventh anniversary of his spinal cord injury, Christopher Reeve's Nothing Is Impossible reminds us that life is not to be taken for granted but to be lived fully with zeal, curiosity, and gratitude. That is a powerful message in itself, but it is the messenger who gives it its full resonance.

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What the Critics Say

"Reeve's skill as an actor lends itself beautifully to reading his own prose." (AudioFile)

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Book not about

I firmly believe that we tend to greatly hinder ourselves and obstacles tend to make us stronger. And individuals like Christopher Reeve have learned to overcome these extreme hardships. I expected this book to be something about the insight he has learned.

Instead, this book is about his life and his opinions on stem cell research. All of which I found quite interesting, but certainly has very little to do with what the book's synopsis and title imply.

Even though I like Christopher Reeve's writing style and felt it was a fascinating book, I feel that the book is little to do with the touted subject. Which of course is how it is marketed and why I bought it.
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- Amazon Customer

Good book, Wanders, But Comes Home.

Because this is an audiobook here, and not just the written word, the first thing I should say is that the narration by Christopher Reeve is just fantastic. The content is also pretty good, but it does seem to wander off the topic you'd expect, as the previous reviewer noted. However, Nothing Is Impossible still manages to make it's point without relying too much on the late Mr. Reeve's disability. I consider this book to have been 3 or so hours well spent, leaving me with a lesson that I may have already known, but sometimes it pays to hear it again from someone with a profound perspective.
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- Nicholas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-27-2002
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio