Crashing Through by Robert Kurson audiobook

Crashing Through: The Extraordinary True Story of the Man Who Dared to See

By Robert Kurson
Read by Christopher Evan Welch

Random House Audio
6.04 Hours Abridged
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BONUS FEATURE: Exclusive interview with Robert Kurson and Michael May In his critically acclaimed bestseller Shadow Divers, Robert Kurson explored the depths of history, friendship, and compulsion. Now Kurson returns with another thrilling adventure–the stunning true story of one man’s heroic odyssey from blindness into sight. Mike May spent his life crashing through. Blinded at age three, he defied expectations by breaking world records in downhill speed skiing, joining the CIA, and becoming a successful inventor, entrepreneur, and family man. He had never yearned for vision. Then, in 1999, a chance encounter brought startling news: a revolutionary stem cell transplant surgery could restore May’s vision. It would allow him to drive, to read, to see his children’s faces. He began to contemplate an astonishing new world: Would music still sound the same? Would sex be different? Would he recognize himself in the mirror? Would his marriage survive? Would he still be Mike May? The procedure was filled with risks, some of them deadly, others beyond May’s wildest dreams. Even if the surgery worked, history was against him. Fewer than twenty cases were known worldwide in which a person gained vision after a lifetime of blindness. Each of those people suffered desperate consequences we can scarcely imagine. There were countless reasons for May to pass on vision. He could think of only a single reason to go forward. Whatever his decision, he knew it would change his life. Beautifully written and thrillingly told, Crashing Through is a journey of suspense, daring, romance, and insight into the mysteries of vision and the brain. Robert Kurson gives us a fascinating account of one man’s choice to explore what it means to see–and to truly live.

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BONUS FEATURE: Exclusive interview with Robert Kurson and Michael May

In his critically acclaimed bestseller Shadow Divers, Robert Kurson explored the depths of history, friendship, and compulsion. Now Kurson returns with another thrilling adventure–the stunning true story of one man’s heroic odyssey from blindness into sight.

Mike May spent his life crashing through. Blinded at age three, he defied expectations by breaking world records in downhill speed skiing, joining the CIA, and becoming a successful inventor, entrepreneur, and family man. He had never yearned for vision.

Then, in 1999, a chance encounter brought startling news: a revolutionary stem cell transplant surgery could restore May’s vision. It would allow him to drive, to read, to see his children’s faces. He began to contemplate an astonishing new world: Would music still sound the same? Would sex be different? Would he recognize himself in the mirror? Would his marriage survive? Would he still be Mike May?

The procedure was filled with risks, some of them deadly, others beyond May’s wildest dreams. Even if the surgery worked, history was against him. Fewer than twenty cases were known worldwide in which a person gained vision after a lifetime of blindness. Each of those people suffered desperate consequences we can scarcely imagine.

There were countless reasons for May to pass on vision. He could think of only a single reason to go forward. Whatever his decision, he knew it would change his life.

Beautifully written and thrillingly told, Crashing Through is a journey of suspense, daring, romance, and insight into the mysteries of vision and the brain. Robert Kurson gives us a fascinating account of one man’s choice to explore what it means to see–and to truly live.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Robert Kurson is a vigorous, straightforward writer…[and the book is] a first-rate piece of medical reporting.” Washington Post Book World
“May’s story and Kurson’s telling of it are beyond eye-opening.” New York Daily News
“Kurson is a man with natural curiosity and one who can feel the excitement life has to offer. One of his great gifts is he makes you feel it, too.” Kansas City Star
“Making his one-in-a-million journey into vision launches May on a completely new adventure in the world of modern brain science…Robert Kurson’s fascinating account of the chain of events that began to unfold is riveting.” Providence Sunday Journal
“A gripping adventure story, Crashing Through explores the rewards of risk as well as the nature of vision.” Entertainment Weekly
“Fascinating. Kurson artfully coaxes out every bit of tension...expertly captures May’s wonderment, [and] so deftly [takes] us along.” Miami Herald
“[Kurson] is a great storyteller…You’ll find yourself completely immersed in May’s life and pulling for him to succeed.” Rocky Mountain News
“A moving account [of an] extraordinary character. The science is fascinating [and] the tender moments…resonate.” People

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Author Bio: Robert Kurson

Author Bio: Robert Kurson

Robert Kurson earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, then a law degree from Harvard Law School. After working as a features reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago magazine, he moved to Esquire as a contributing editor. His award-winning stories have also appeared in Rolling Stone, the New York Times Magazine, and other publications. He is also the author of Shadow Divers and lives in Chicago.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 6.04
Audience: Adult
Language: English