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.


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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Customer Reviews

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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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- Charles

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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- C. Spencer Reynolds

Book Details

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