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

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

Robert Kurson

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.

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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Christopher Evan Welch

Length:

6h 5m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:43


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:06


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:06


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:20


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:02


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:19


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:39


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

02:55


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:42


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:48


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

01:24


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:05


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

01:32


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:23


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:37


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:06


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:13


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:11


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:28


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

00:48


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

00:54


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:29


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:44


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:24


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

01:33


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:43


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:05


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

01:34


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:08


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:09


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:26


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:53


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:21


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:35


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:21


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:31


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:31


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

02:24


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:07


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

01:18


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

01:02


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:09


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

01:01


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:38


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:59


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

02:01


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

02:48


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

00:48


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

01:50


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

01:35


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

02:06


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

01:48


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:21


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

00:57


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:25


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:27


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:44


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:26


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

01:58


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

02:27


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

01:29


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:11


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:43


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

01:30


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

01:50


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

02:26


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

01:14


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

01:40


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

02:34


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:28


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:35


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

00:52


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

02:15


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

01:30


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

01:44


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

01:51


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

02:39


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:44


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

00:42


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

02:06


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

01:39


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:27


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

01:11


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

01:29


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

02:29


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:21


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:44


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

02:54


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

02:30


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:05


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

02:35


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

02:49


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

02:11


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

00:52


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:43


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:54


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:56


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:26


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

01:59


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

02:46


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:22


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

02:27


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:07


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

00:45


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

02:39


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

01:56


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

01:27


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

00:53


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

02:28


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

00:46


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:27


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:19


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

01:59


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

00:35


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

01:01


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:21


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

01:48


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

00:45


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

01:32


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

00:47


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

00:44


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

02:01


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

00:38


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

01:40


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:07


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:58


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

01:28


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:43


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:35


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:03


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:09


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

05:32


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

00:59