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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.
©2001, 2002 Erik Weihenmayer (P)2002 The Audio Partners Publishing Corp
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Critic Reviews

"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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By Charles on 12-13-08


I listened to this book three times because it is so rich with descriptions of the author's travels and his tenacity in overcoming a "handicap." He shows us all that our only handicap is our own limited thinking!

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By C. Spencer Reynolds on 02-10-14

Such an amazing story of moving forward...

Where does Touch the Top of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really truly enjoyed every part of the book! I was actually moved to tears a few times from what he endured.

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that he is just a normal guy that decided to amazing things and never gave in or gave up! Oh and the fact that he was blind added a power of ten.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Touch The Top of the World, even if you can't see it!

Any additional comments?

The support system he has in his life is stellar. Family and friends that back him and allow him to push every boundary dreamed up, he never allowed anyone to hold him back from his greatness. He's the type of guy I'd love hang out with and learn from, his perseverance is astounding!!!

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By CA Weir on 05-12-08

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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By graham on 09-29-16

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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