Ray Mears is a household name through his television series Tracks, World of Survival, Bushcraft Survival, The Real Heroes of Telemark, and many more.
He is a private individual who shuns publicity whenever possible and would prefer to let his many skills tell their own tale - until now.
In My Outdoor Life, Ray tells of his childhood and the formative years when he first developed a passion for both bushcraft and the martial arts skills that are central to his life. Having travelled the world several times over, he is no stranger to risk and has had more than his fair share of dangerous and life-threatening encounters to share with his listeners. But his life is so much more than a tale of derring-do. Shortly after he returned to England having narrowly survived a serious helicopter crash, his father died. Just a year later, he had to face the death of his first wife, Rachel. The book conveys the many sides of Ray Mears, taking us up to the present day - including the previously untold story of his involvement in the man-hunt for murderer Raoul Moat. My Outdoor Life gives us all a chance to share a life story as rich and as inspirational as a walk in woods with the man himself, Ray Mears.
©2013 Ray Mears (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton
"Moving...gripping...The rather old-fashioned qualities he admires in others: fortitude, understatedness, loyalty, above all stoicism, are the same ones we admire in him. Long may he survive." (Daily Mail)
Mears is my out doors idol. I love his attitude toward life, nature, and different cultures and practises. He is an experienced man and an excellent story teller. I recommend him to anyone interested in Bush craft skills
"Humble man with an amazing story"
Absolutely tremendous listening.
His links to one of the masters of judo, through to his journeys around the world, along with the amazing people he has met, makes this audiobook enthralling.
Buy it, download and enjoy. You will not be disappointed.
"I liked Ray more before i listened to this"
never say never
I really like this guy on TV and he is obviously very skilled but this book may have put me off
well read but..
Presenting his life story, Ray Mears gives am informative introduction him self. It was nice to hear his voice at the beginning. It's a shame he did not narrate the audio book in it's entirety - of course I'm sure there are reasons for this. Now the Narrator was superb and one gets the impression they have studied Rays vocals to the letter. I found my self hearing Rays voice in place of the narrator.
I'm 2/3 of the way through and it's brilliant to gain an insight to the vanishing indigenous peoples of the world and many a high tale is told.
a great book can't recommend highly enough.
"Not narrated by Ray"
Despite Ray Mears being listed as co-narrator, he only provides 2 minutes of introduction.
If, like me, you prefer books narrated by the author, you will be disappointed.
Having said that, it's a well written book and well read. Good insight into a very interesting life. Written in Ray's unique style (sometimes comes over a touch arrogant), which may not be to everyone's taste, but fans as myself will enjoy immensely.
Well worth a listen.
"Great story. not narrated by ray though"
no. purely because it should have been read by ray as i was lead to believe. he reads very little of the book himself and i feel the narrator is too posh to tell the adventure side of the story believably
its an amazing story with lots of little stories within, you can imagine (if ray were reading it) that its how he would tell you the stories around a campfire
drop simon shepherd. good narrator just not who i wanted to read this. its not a nice fit
witness the life of a man who knows who he is, what he stands for and how to survive anywhere on the planet
great story, i already liked ray mears as i grew up with his stuff, but this told me so much more and i liked it. the only downside was he didnt read it all
I liked that it was quite descriptive in his use of language
I liked that after listening to the book I felt like a knew a lot more about the person.
I liked Lee's voice it was quite relaxing.
"Great story he has done such a lot."
I really can't understand why he didn't narrate himself, he has such a good speaking voice.
spoilt it for me.
Ray's great Simon OK.
"What a life!"
Listen? I will buy a printed version too, it's that good!
The story gives great insight into a life of a great person who's adventures and journeys are still fresh since they all happened in the last 30 years or so.
Simon Shepher red it perfectly, you can feel that he enjoys the story as much as I do.
The story flows from page to page, keeps you entertained all the way down to the last chapter.
Ray had truly amazing life and his previous experiences allowed him to make the most out of it. His genuine passion and great personality allowed him to retain soon to be lost knowledge from all over the world. I wouldn't be surprised if his name was mentioned in history books some time from now when all the skills he have learnt (and thought others) are gone.The book is very personal and I can't imagine how hard was for Ray to write chapters 25-26 without digging back into Rachels cancer and living through it again. It's not a wasted effort though, those (surprising for a bushcraft book) chapters make you experience some of the pain and helplessness and stay with you to the end of the book.The book is full of side stories and it has an overall feeling of chatting at the camp-fire rather than reading a biography. Intimidating with machete, bending facts while talking to African officials, famous manhunt, it's all there for you to discover.
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