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Mud, Sweat, and Tears: The Autobiography | [Bear Grylls]

Mud, Sweat, and Tears: The Autobiography

Already a number-one London Sunday Times best seller, Mud, Sweat, and Tears is the adrenaline-fueled autobiography of the mega-popular star of the hit survival series Man vs. Wild, adventurer Bear Grylls. A former British Special Forces commando, a man who has always sought the ultimate in dangerous challenges, Bear's true story reads like an outdoors action-and-adventure novel. But Bear's story is true - full of breathtaking escapes and remarkable exploits that would make any Jack London or H. Ryder Haggard hero proud.
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Already a number-one London Sunday Times best seller, Mud, Sweat, and Tears is the adrenaline-fueled autobiography of the mega-popular star of the hit survival series Man vs. Wild, adventurer Bear Grylls. A former British Special Forces commando, a man who has always sought the ultimate in dangerous challenges, Bear's true story reads like an outdoors action-and-adventure novel. But Bear's story is true - full of breathtaking escapes and remarkable exploits that would make any Jack London or H. Ryder Haggard hero proud.

©2012 Bear Grylls (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    TM 02-18-14
    TM 02-18-14

    TJM

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    "Corny, but Fun"
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    Much like any of Bear Grylls TV shows, this book is a bit gung-ho, corny, but irrepressibly fun.

    I enjoyed the stories about his military training and I think it is full of good life-advice for younger listeners. He manages references to his religious beliefs tastefully - it is an account of his life so it should play a prominent role in his story, but is not preachy or overbearing.

    The most annoying thing about the book was that at the end of every chapter there is a one liner that is meant to summarize the theme or add punch. As I got further in to the book I started to anticipate them and enjoy their oversimplifying corniness. And by the end of the book it became hilarious.

    Definitely recommended for Bear fans, people interested in a military career and young people who want some life advice from someone who has done well for himself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    katrina goleta, CA, United States 08-06-13
    katrina goleta, CA, United States 08-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "LOVED THIS BOOK !!!"
    Would you listen to Mud, Sweat, and Tears again? Why?

    At first I was not sure if this book would be what i would like..I really never had watched his TV shows, but wanted to give it a try. The Book kept me listening. It was well written and well read. A Great Book..A Great Story!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mud, Sweat, and Tears?

    The entire book was great


    Have you listened to any of Tom Patrick Stephens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, But he has a great voice for audio books..


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just overall a great book.. easy to listen to and never got bored..


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eva Rose 11-25-12
    Eva Rose 11-25-12
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    "Interesting Autobiography"
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    I wish Bear had narrated himself. But I enjoyed this autobiography quite a bit. Bear starts with his childhood and helps us to understand how he became the adventurer he is today. I particularly liked hearing about his life at Eton, as so few of us get an inside view of the life of the most exclusive and privileged boys school in the world! I enjoyed all the personal stories of his friends, his Everest adventure, and his personal life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    christopher San Jose, CA, United States 09-16-12
    christopher San Jose, CA, United States 09-16-12

    i drive a truck on the night shift. i love hearing interesting stories, i need some action to keep me awake :)

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    "bear is a 21st century superman."
    What made the experience of listening to Mud, Sweat, and Tears the most enjoyable?

    listening to bears life story is enjoyable. the guy kicks butt.


    What other book might you compare Mud, Sweat, and Tears to and why?

    not sure. another interesting autobiography of some sort.


    What about Tom Patrick Stephens’s performance did you like?

    he was ok, he was just the guy who told the story of bear grylls.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    not really. if anything i just kind of cheer for bear. he accomplished great things and wrote about it. i like it for that reason.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Peoria, AZ, United States 06-22-12
    Ben Peoria, AZ, United States 06-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I want more Bear"
    Where does Mud, Sweat, and Tears rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a pretty easy listen. The narrator's accent let me fool myself into believing it was Bear telling me his story directly. I have to say it was probably middle of the pack.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I really enjoyed hearing of Bear's conquests and challenges he overcame. It is very inspiring and makes me want to go out and do something amazing! I just wish it covered more. So much detail into some parts and others were skimmed over.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsey Lexington, SC, United States 05-13-12
    Lindsey Lexington, SC, United States 05-13-12
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    "Thrilled with it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an adventure book, couldn't put it down.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mud, Sweat, and Tears?

    So far listening to his story as a little boy, his adventures through Europe.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The SAS training


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 05-09-12
    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 05-09-12 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "What a Life Bear has Lived!"
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    Mud, Sweat, and Tears: The Autobiography is the story of how Bear Grylls became the man his is today. Molded by his fathers compulsion for having fun and adventure and his mothers care free everything will be taken care of attitude, Bear lived a life I could only dream of. Sadly the tweet mentioned above was a touch misleading as the bullying coverage was the equivalent of a couple paragraphs. I thought that the book was going to be broken into 3 sections, Mud, Sweat and Tears, it wasn’t, maybe that was just too cliche. Mud, Sweat, and Tears: The Autobiography is full of Bear’s memories of his family, his child hood, his military training, climbing Mount Everest, and falling in love. Surprisingly Bear’s stumbling into Man vs Wild was barely mentioned at all. Bear has definitely lived and interesting and full life, somehow remained humble and true to himself. Bear has proven that his mantra faith, family, friends can lead a person to accomplish incredible feats.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 08-03-14
    Laura 08-03-14

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    "title said it all"
    Would you listen to Mud, Sweat, and Tears again? Why?

    no need


    What did you like best about this story?

    knowing his soft side and his young relationships with his family


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Tom Patrick Stephens?

    unknown


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

    softy with iron will great sense of humor


    Any additional comments?

    Bear should have narrated this one himself. It would have made it perfect

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris United States 11-25-13
    Chris United States 11-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Adventure"
    Where does Mud, Sweat, and Tears rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great book of endurance and determination. Bear Grylls put together a great read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    SAS selection


    Have you listened to any of Tom Patrick Stephens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughing and cheering for Bear as he went though SAS Selection


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended for anyone interested in
    SF

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Panama City, FL, United States 10-06-13
    Mr. Panama City, FL, United States 10-06-13 Member Since 2007

    Jonnie

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    "Three and a half stars... just OK"

    Overall I thought this book was just above average and just below good, a solid three point five.
    His experiences in school prior to basic training were average and gives a weak start to the book. I enjoyed the part about Bear's experience in military training the best. The remainder of the book waffled between three and four stars for me. I finished the book but was not enthralled by it. I would not recommend it.

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