After reading The Survivor's Club by Ben Sherwood I was looking for a good listen along the same lines. This audiobook was disappointing. It talks mostly about how your brain reacts to crisis situations and sprinkles in a few stories to keep it from getting too mundane. I appreciated the information on brain chemistry and functioning, but would have liked more stories and practical survival strategies. For a true adventurer, I would recommend this book. Otherwise, I would recommend Sherwood's book.
Highly interesting book about lone survival in life-threatening situations, mostly in the wilderness or at sea. The author seems to have a complex derived from his father's survival in WWII that haunts him throughout life, and makes for an interesting, semi-spiritual under-pinning to the story.
And the narrator - what can I say - simply my favorite narrator of all time, the great baritone Stefan Rudnicki, with the ever so slightly clipped enunciation that adds a bit of exotic seasoning to his hypnotic yarning - yum! I could wrap up in that voice like a blanket before a fire on a cold wintry night!
If you want to gain insight into human behavior in extreme (possibly at work) circumstances, A MUST READ..............
HSE Director- Oil & Gas Industry
I highly recommend this listen. First, because the narrator is Stefan Rudnicki. His reading style is both easy to listen to and compelling. The principles of survival are applicable to everyone's life. They are precise in their instruction, clear in their application and provide compelling examples of the principles in action repeatedly. I believe everyone I know should hear this book and heed the advice given.
Don't give up if you don't like the sensational "Outside" style - it's the substance of the book that is essential listening.
I found this book to be too much like listening to a lecture and not a story. The few survivor stories were disjointed and had very little detail to them. It seemed to drone on an on about how the brain works, I was expecting to learn some survival techniques and all I learned was think like a survivor. I listen to most of my books many times but had to force myself to finish this one.
The work generally has a fair amount of novel information, and some of the stories of the experience of those finding themselves in peril are compelling. However, Mr. Gonzales' style suffers when he deviates from a more straightforward narrative of facts into what is, for him, the dangerous hinterlands of purple prose. He has a thesis and it is clearly stated. Yet it is reductive and redundantly referred to in a fashion that makes it seem like filler.
The style and structure of the work is so annoying as to detract from an effective presentation of the materiel.
It was fine.
As mentioned, there is some interesting research presented and some of the stories are compelling.
The author seems to view man as no more than a gifted ape who when the pressure is on acts no better than a hairy gorilla. At every interval the author says man is a product of eons of evolution and that's why he acts in a primal way. Man thinks, that's immaterial; to survive he has to think and not just act by his estimative sense.I suppose the author thinks that if he tells us that man is nothing more than a product of eons of evolution enough times we'll actually start believing we are no better than hairy gorillas.