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Deep Survival Audiobook

Deep Survival: True Stories of Miraculous Endurance and Sudden Death

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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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    The Periodic Carpenter Texas 01-16-17 Member Since 2012

    Studied Literature. Went to war. Wrote some stories. Spend most of my time reading, watching, or listening to stories while I work.

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    "Probably my favorite book, ever"

    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.

    Longer review:

    Book:
    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.

    Narration:
    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.

    Other:
    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.

    Overall:
    Just read it.

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    Kindle Customer Reubens, ID 01-01-17
    Kindle Customer Reubens, ID 01-01-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Awesome book"

    A well crafted exploration of survival. Using examples of extreme survival to build a case for everyday living.

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    K. Broadus Las Vegas, NV 11-23-16
    K. Broadus Las Vegas, NV 11-23-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Good book,"

    Very enjoyable read. Listened to it driving on a long tedious trip. Made the time fly by.

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    Christine Schindler 10-02-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Very good listening book"

    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.

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    Robin in Alaska Kenai, Alaska, United States 09-20-16
    Robin in Alaska Kenai, Alaska, United States 09-20-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Superb!!"

    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!!

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    Amazon Customer 08-25-16
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    "What was the point?"

    I thought that after discussing the qualities of survivors, we would get some advice on how to develop that quality in ourselves. Not so much.

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    Kelly 08-04-16
    Kelly 08-04-16 Member Since 2017
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    "interesting, but not the best"

    it had some interesting information, but I found the book "The Unthinkable" to be more useful

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    Jonathan United States 07-09-16
    Jonathan United States 07-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Dead on"

    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.

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    Erik Gohl 06-27-16
    Erik Gohl 06-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Much more than just stories"

    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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    rob 06-22-16
    rob 06-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Can't wait to listen to it again."

    The places he took my mind. What a great book and a great theory on human thought under pressure.

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