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The Disaster Diaries: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse | [Sam Sheridan]

The Disaster Diaries: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse

Sam Sheridan has been an amateur boxer, mixed martial arts fighter, professional wilderness firefighter, EMT, sailor, and cowboy, and has worked in construction at the South Pole. If he isn't ready for the apocalypse, we're all in a lot of trouble. But when Sam had his son and settled down, he was beset with nightmares about being unable to protect him. Sam decided to face his fears head-on, embarking on a quest to gain as many skills as possible that might come in handy should the world as we know it end....
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Publisher's Summary

Sam Sheridan has been an amateur boxer, mixed-martial-arts fighter, professional wilderness firefighter, EMT, sailor, and cowboy, and has worked in construction at the South Pole. If he isn't ready for the apocalypse, we're all in a lot of trouble.

Despite an arsenal of skills that would put most of us to shame, when Sam had his son and settled down, he was beset with nightmares about being unable to protect him. Apocalyptic images filled his head. If a rogue wave hit his beach community, could he get out? If he was forced outside the city, could he survive in the wilderness? Let's not even talk about plagues, zombies, and aliens. Unable to quiet his mind, Sam decided to face his fears head-on, embarking on a quest to gain as many skills as possible that might come in handy should the world as we know it end.

Each possible doomsday required a different skill set. Trying to navigate a clogged highway when everyone is trying to leave town? Better go to the best stunt-driving school in the country. Need to protect your family but have no ammunition? Better learn how to handle a knife. Is your kid hurt or mentally strained? Better brush up on emergency medicine and study the psychological effects of trauma. From training with an Olympic weightlifter to an apprenticeship in stealing cars with an ex-gang member, from an intense three-week gun course in the 100-degree heat of Alabama to agonizing lessons in wilderness survival, Sam left no stone unturned. Would it be enough if a meteor rocked the earth? Who's to say? But as Sam points out, it would be a damn shame to survive the initial impact only to die a few days later because you didn't know how to build a fire.

This is participatory journalism at its finest. A rollicking narrative with each chapter framed by a hypothetical doomsday scenario, The Disaster Diaries is for everyone who wants to know what it might take to make it through a cataclysmic event - or just wants to watch someone else struggle to find out.

©2013 Sam Sheridan (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc

What the Critics Say

"Sheridan, an amateur boxer and mixed-martial-arts fighter, uses a collection of stark disaster scenarios to wise up the reader on how to live through those final times…. As a quirky survivalist primer, Sheridan’s work spells out how to stay alive when the world goes topsy-turvy." (Publishers Weekly)

"How to survive any possible disaster, from aliens to zombies to everything in between…. An upbeat and entertaining survival guide for the end of the world." (Kirkus Reviews)

"This is no mere guide to surviving disaster; it's also the author's personal account of learning to prepare for catastrophe…. A clever and very useful guide to getting ready to face the unknown." (Booklist)

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    Jessica CORDOVA, TN, United States 09-25-14
    Jessica CORDOVA, TN, United States 09-25-14
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    "A little choppy..."

    I think this book might have been trying to be too many things at once. At times it was some sort of post-apocalyptic survival story, and at times a "how-to" manual. The switch between "fiction" and non-fiction elements was a bit choppy and jarring as a listener. The narrator had a good voice, and was easy to listen to, but the story itself (and its' organization) fell flat.

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    Kevin Winter Garden, FL, USA 09-09-14
    Kevin Winter Garden, FL, USA 09-09-14 Member Since 2007

    Do not Follow Me. Learn to lead.

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    "You are going to DIE"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'd rather plant daisies.


    Would you recommend The Disaster Diaries to your friends? Why or why not?

    yes because they are going to die.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    not bad for A DEAD GUY!


    What else would you have wanted to know about Sam Sheridan’s life?

    This man has prepaired himself the best he can. But the Fact is We All Die in the end. Doubt it? Name one person born 130 years ago that has NOT died.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a very educational book. I have used many ideas in this book to prepare my Family for the coming destruction. We now have generator to run the frig. for my beer.
    Also have a manual reload station for 9mm and 45 cal. But I don't think any of his right wingnut Ideas are true. I bet there are people out there who don't think GLOBALWARMING is real either. But what if it's true. We are all Wingnuts.

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    Glenn NM, United States 08-29-14
    Glenn NM, United States 08-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Suprisingly good. Really good."

    I wasn't really sure why I actually bought this book in the beginning. Maybe it was on my suggested list? I really got into it quickly , and I realized that I could of written this book! This author and I have a very similar view and life experience. It is a good refresher for some folks, and an eye opener for a lot of folks I imagine. Good stuff. Brings up a lot of good points on how to be prepared, not in a crazy "prepper " way, but an average, everyday American doing little things to be ready when the eventual SHTF happens.

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    Clarissa R. Thorne 08-20-14 Member Since 2014

    Geeky, photography-loving stitcher. Hobbits, zombies, space cowboys, agents, avengers, & clones are welcome in my post-apocalyptic dystopia.

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    "Prepare Yourself!"
    If you could sum up The Disaster Diaries in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, thought provoking.


    What about Donald Corren’s performance did you like?

    Donald Corren's narration was spot on. I never tired of listening to his voice. He achieved a scholarly tone while keeping an appropriate conversational quality. He transitioned nicely between the fiction and nonfiction sections of the book. Highly recommend!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I kept coming back to this book in between other readings. I imagine will also re-read portions in the future.


    Any additional comments?

    I found Mr. Sheridan's exploration of both the practical and psychological facets of apocalypse survival to be very personally edifying. The topics he explores are applicable to both the theoretical topic at hand, as well as everyday life. His study in the uses of deadly force (guns, knives, etc.) were especially interesting, and I think should be required reading for anyone owning weapons.

    I would LOVE it if every person writing, or considering writing, any work of fiction related to the survival of an apocalyptic event would read this book beforehand, if only to better inform themselves of the human physical practicalities at play. Know the rules before you break them!

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    Ray Glendale, AZ, United States 08-11-14
    Ray Glendale, AZ, United States 08-11-14 Member Since 2008
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    "It's Okay I guess"

    There's some high spots that were okay, but it really rambles too much on side subjects. The zombie scenario is meant to be cute I guess, but it's not as clever as I think he meant it to be.

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    Phoenician 08-11-14
    Phoenician 08-11-14 Member Since 2012

    Phoenician

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    "Not Dystopian Fiction"
    Any additional comments?

    This isn't a dystopian novel, but rather a guide to point the average joe in the right direction as to how to prep for certain apocalyptic scenarios. It's written like it was pitched as a television series for the Discovery channel. Sheridan introduces in a few paragraphs some end of the world scenario and then discusses the key skill one would need to have in order to likely survive the situation in question -- family trapped after an Earthquake (weightlifting skills), zombies (shooting skills), friend injured by a band of marauders (wilderness medicine), et al. -- in the form of discussing the training that he actually did (did weights with an Olympian, took a shooting course in Alabama, underwent wilderness paramedic training in New Hampshire) et al., in a first person narrative that flows pretty well. Lots of pop science and interesting tidbits that makes this a pretty interesting read, but not as captivating as a good end of the world novel or as informative as something out of a good preppers website.

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    Kalvin Levesque Ontario, Canada 08-10-14
    Kalvin Levesque Ontario, Canada 08-10-14 Member Since 2012

    I like post apocalyptic novels, zombie novels, fantasy, memoirs about war, novels about hiking and paranormal romcoms

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    "Sam trains for scenarios of the apocolypse"

    The book is not a story or a how to necessarily. It's both fiction and non-fiction. Sam sounded like a free spirit until his son was born. I can relate. The birth of his son brought on certain fears.So he tells a fictional story where he is faced with a disaster. Then he talks about what he actually did in life to fix, avoid, train or prepare for said disaster. The book clips back to the story and he applies those learned skills. For example some one is shot in his fictional story and then the book goes to the non-fictional side where he talks about how he got EMT training. Back to the fictional story and he stops bleeding and stabilizes his friend. It's an awesome concept for a book. He's hit by flood, earthquakes, zombies, aliens, robots, gangs and all out SHTF cocktail. Performance was great.

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    Mark E. Childs Southern California 08-02-14
    Mark E. Childs Southern California 08-02-14 Member Since 2015

    Mark

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    "Not a "How To" book, but thought provoking"
    Where does The Disaster Diaries rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I downloaded this book as an on-sale filler gap between monthly credits. It was worth it, I think.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The guy who got his hand chopped off in the empty city.


    What does Donald Corren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like his manly narration style that goes well with the apocalyptic scenarios.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    You cannot prepare yourself for every dystopian scenario, but just having supplies to get you through an emergency for a week or a month (even better) will let you live with greater confidence and peace of mind.


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    TJ 07-29-14
    TJ 07-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Tedious and egocentric…"
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    Sam Sheridan has been an amateur boxer, mixed martial arts fighter, professional wilderness firefighter, EMT, sailor, and cowboy, and has worked in construction at the South Pole... This book wanders is and about as aimless as Sam Sheridan's personal life. Don't waste your time.

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    john 07-21-14
    john 07-21-14 Member Since 2014

    Erudite!

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    "Good survival tips with some story thrown in."
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I really connected to the opening. Insightful.


    Any additional comments?

    Really nice beginning, Strong, thoughtful prose throughout, After the first few survival training segments they start to blend together, but never boring. Solid, well presented information without typical 'bias' for this genre.

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