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Deep Survival: True Stories of Miraculous Endurance and Sudden Death | [Laurence Gonzales]

Deep Survival: True Stories of Miraculous Endurance and Sudden Death

After her plane crashes, a 17-year-old girl spends 11 days walking through the Peruvian jungle. Against all odds, with no food, shelter, or equipment, she gets out. A better equipped group of adult survivors of the same crash sits down and dies. What makes the difference?
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Publisher's Summary

After her plane crashes, a 17-year-old girl spends 11 days walking through the Peruvian jungle. Against all odds, with no food, shelter, or equipment, she gets out. A better equipped group of adult survivors of the same crash sits down and dies. What makes the difference?

Examining such stories of miraculous endurance and tragic death, Deep Survival takes us from the tops of snowy mountains and the depths of oceans to the workings of the brain that control our behavior. Through close analysis of case studies, Laurence Gonzales describes the essence of a survivor and offers 12 "Rules of Survival".

In the end, he finds, it is what's in your heart, not what's in your pack, that separates the living from the dead. This audiobook will change the way we understand ourselves and the great outdoors.

©2003 Laurence Gonzales; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"The study of survival offers an illuminating portal into the human psyche, and Gonzales, knowledgeable and passionate, is a compelling and trustworthy guide." (Booklist)
"A superb, entertaining addition to a nature buff's library, or for anyone not tucked safely away in a bunker." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Jason Cathedral City, CA, USA 10-29-06
    Jason Cathedral City, CA, USA 10-29-06
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    "Better Than I expected"

    If you are an outdoor enthusiast, this book is a must read. Even if you arent (and I am not) you will probably be very entertained. Although I found the book a little slow, it gets much better and exciting as it goes. The stories get more amazing and I found them inspiring.

    The author draws many observations about "how to" survive, many which seem legitimate, but I found the true stories themselves worth my time. It has made me want to go to survival school.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley Colorado Springs, CO, United States 08-27-09
    Bradley Colorado Springs, CO, United States 08-27-09 Member Since 2008
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    "The Bee Gees would be proud! Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah ...."

    This is a very good read. As you proceed through the book you realize more and more how this subject matter pertains to everyday life. If you were lost in the wilderness, would you sit down and die? Many people do just that. Don't do it in everyday life. Get a plan and "do something". Choose this book and listen to it with an empty glass.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    L 02-26-07
    L 02-26-07
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    "fantastic"

    yes, it won't teach you survival techniques. he tells you right there in the book: survival is all about mindset. the stories are interesting, with a little Taoism tossed in. entertaining and enjoyable.
    oh, and the narration is terrific (sounds almost like anthony bourdain).

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Crete, NE, USA 08-13-07
    Brad Crete, NE, USA 08-13-07 Member Since 2009
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    "Fun Book"

    First the book is fun to read. The stories are incredible and amazing. But I really don't buy the premise that some people have got "it" and thus survive and others do not. The book selectively shows people who survived "against all odds." But in reality there are far more people who died when they were "against all odds." That's why it's "against all odds." Further, there are even more people who set out prepared, were skilled and ended up dying anyway. I do not doubt for a moment that in many cases survival comes down to having your personal amount of "it." But his a basic claim is that if you survived "against all odds" you have "it."
    Several firefighters were inside World Trade Centers when they collapsed. A few survived. They did not survive because they had "it" and the other firefighters did not. They survived because they happen to be standing in the right place at the right time. People standing in front of them and people standing behind them did not survive. A six month old baby (with an oxygen mask) could have done the exact same thing (I personally like to believe that those firefighters had more "it" than anybody on the planet). Having said all that this is still a fun book to read if you enjoy survivor stories and particularly if you believe that you have "it." And I believe I do.
    The recording and narration itself are excellent.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James Tracy, CA, USA 01-11-09
    James Tracy, CA, USA 01-11-09
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    "Interesting idea, but little real insight"

    I was somewhat torn on how to review this book. When I first read the book, I came away feeling like I had learned alot about how the mind works and what it is that makes some people able to survive these life threatening situations.

    After giving the book some time to process, I started to realize there's very little content or real information. A lot of theory (which only modest science behind it) and a lot of antecdotes.

    I participated in a 1-hour meet-and-greet with the author to discuss his book and ideas. I was not at all impressed. Very little scientific method behind his ideas. His book makes it sound like his ideas have broad-reaching applications, but it turns out that they apply only to a very specific class of person.

    Office workers, intellects, and city-dwellers need not apply. The mindset and skills he talks about only exist in survivalists, militia groups, and rural-country folk. This, more than anything else, was the most disapointing aspect of this book--learning that the author believes his book has no value to someone like me.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly 08-11-15
    Kelly 08-11-15
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    "great stories!"

    the stories were great! it was funny at times, gripping at times and I feel like I learned a lot.

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    Art 06-16-15
    Art 06-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Superior insights into thoughts and responses that lead to success or failure"

    Recommend it to al family and friends as beneficial to understanding impact of one's thinking processes on one's success or lack thereof in meeting life's challenges of any sort.

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    neil 05-23-15
    neil 05-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "eye opener"

    Now I understand why I sometimes make the choices I do. I'm an irrational emotional decision maker sometimes. Good book for anyone who has actually survived a catastrophic accident.

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    Ben 03-23-15
    Ben 03-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Not what I expected..."

    A well constructed narrative/argument that might encourage one to take responsibility for oneself and step out into adventure with greater confidence and probability of success. I enjoyed it very much.

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    Amazon Customer 03-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "thought provoking and engaging ....excellent"

    this book will get your mind working on ideas that may never occur otherwise. You will surely talk about topics from this book with family and friends. well worth the time .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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