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
"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)
Studied Literature. Went to war. Wrote some stories. Spend most of my time reading, watching, or listening to stories while I work.
Short review: This is one of the most interesting and best books I've ever read.
You should read it.
Everyone should read it.
Period. No questions.
This book is incredibly interesting. Gonzales has managed to sift through and find the most interesting examples to reference and re-tell. The story of his father's experience being shot down (which serves as a kind of backdrop for the entire book) captures your attention immediately. Then he moves you from one incredible tale to the next while slowly building your understanding of the larger picture by tying everything together into a universal context. Superbly done.
The book is about exactly what the subtitle says: "who lives, who dies, and why" (appears on the cover). How does intellect and emotion factor in? Why do experienced adults often die while inexperienced, under-equipped children often live? For me, the "why" is most interesting, but i think everyone can simply appreciate the stories.
Great. A+ job. The voice fits the writing style and subject matter perfectly. It's so perfect that I think I would have a hard time talking to the actual author if his voice wasn't similar. It would mess with my head, at least initially.
I read (or listen) to this book at least once a year (since 2004 or 2005). The true number is closer to 2 times a year. It's one of those subjects that can always help to brush up on, especially if you like to enjoy the outdoors or any activity that is inherently risky.
With that said, this book is not just for those who enjoy the outdoors or risky recreational / occupational pursuits. This book primarily uses those as examples, but the context is larger and can be applied to bankruptcy, divorce, or anything traumatic you can imagine. Everyone can find something in their life that applies.
Just read it.
I really enjoy the stories. I learn many thing about surviving and how the mind works in a crisis's. The man who reads the stories really nice voice you feel he is talking to you.
I've read dozens of survival stories and this is one of my favorites. I own Deep Survjval in hardback and have read it twice. I just finished listening to it on Audiobook and loved the tone and cadence of the narrator. A superb work by Gonzales and equally worthy narration by Rudnicki. Highly recommended!!
I've been to USAF survival schools and have been an adventure athlete (whitewater kayaker, caver, climber, scuba) my whole life. This guy is dead on in this book. It's an entertaining read too! He references All Quiet on the Western Front" a few times in the book, which I recommend highly.
I thought this book would just be a collection of survival stories, but I was mistaken. This book mainly focused on the mind set and psychology of these people, explaining the stupid and smart things they have done. I think it can really help yourself recognize what's going on.
The book has an appendix with some items that everyone can do to try to stay alive, but most the book does not.
Overall a very good book and I really appreciated it and learned a lot.
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