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)
The author's style of recanting detailed survival scenarios adds an intense element of interest, and there can be no doubt as to the value of the lessons he derives from these actual events. One downside of the book (to me) is the author's repeated chest thumping over his own miraculous adrenaline packed thrill-seeking endeavors. Still, he definitely gets his message across. There are dozens of tips about how to avoid the befuddled state of mind that shocked humans can find themselves in amidst ultimate despair and tragedy. Should you ever find yourself in a calamitous situation, being mindful of what was presented in this book might just save your life.
Excellent presentation, though repetitive in places.
You can fast forward through the sections in which the author drags you through his moments of self importance. Or, you might just love it.
I was fired up to listen to this audiobook. The premise seemed great --- harrowing stories of survival with insights into why certain people (not necessarily the ones you would expect) make it out alive. Sadly the book didn't live up to my expectations. My two main issues were:
1. The author has some serious father issues which he feels compelled to weave into the narrative. His Dad sounds like an amazing guy but really we don't need to hear about how awesome he is for hours on end. We get it.
2. The structure of the book is very disjointed. Stories stop and start and take meandering detours into pop psychology. At a couple of points (during the motorcycle chapter, for example) the author goes into a Finnegan's Wake-esque ramble about Hell's Angels, religion, motorcycles and survival. Quite bizarre.
It's not all bad though. There are some fascinating stories in the book and it did get me thinking about how one should behave (or try to behave) in a survival situation. Overall it was just about worth a credit.
This book was recommended to me by a friend and I would in turn recommend it to others.
Stefan Rudnicki is a great performer. About half-way through, I did adjust the speed to 1.25x which seemed about perfect for me and still sounded completely natural. His voice keeps you interested and focused on the book.
This book really made me think. As someone that enjoys spending time in the wilderness, I thought I knew the dangers I faced. This book made me realize that disaster has always been much closer than I imagined. The best part of this book is that it offers important tools to not only recognize and avoid dangerous situations, but how to survive once you're in one.
I was surprised at what I got out of this book. I expected a bunch of stories of actual survival. What I got wat probably more helpful--a fundamental approach to survival and why people get into survival situations in general. As other reviews have mentioned there is quite a bit of discussion about the mental component of survival. The author's ideas seem to be as applicable to almost anything. In fact, he goes so far as to put survival in the context of daily life in general.
It reads like a fiction page-turner. While the individual stories are compelling, the brain-science observations are even better. I highly recommend it.
Fascinating tales of incredible survival, but also tragic, often avoidable, death. Mr. Goznales analysis and insights into mistakes and successful actions made by those who are 'lost" or confront dire situations are well researched and written. Circumstances are described with gripping detail, along with what to do, and what not to do to increase one's chance of survival. The book begins with the dramatic story of how his father, a World War II bomber pilot, survived a 27,000 foot fall from his shot up plane, without a parachute! Mr. Rudnicki's narration helps make this book engaging and exciting from beginning to end. The lessons in this book make it worth more than one listen. Its subtitle, Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why, is quite apt for this potentially life saving book.
After reading The Survivor's Club by Ben Sherwood I was looking for a good listen along the same lines. This audiobook was disappointing. It talks mostly about how your brain reacts to crisis situations and sprinkles in a few stories to keep it from getting too mundane. I appreciated the information on brain chemistry and functioning, but would have liked more stories and practical survival strategies. For a true adventurer, I would recommend this book. Otherwise, I would recommend Sherwood's book.
Highly interesting book about lone survival in life-threatening situations, mostly in the wilderness or at sea. The author seems to have a complex derived from his father's survival in WWII that haunts him throughout life, and makes for an interesting, semi-spiritual under-pinning to the story.
And the narrator - what can I say - simply my favorite narrator of all time, the great baritone Stefan Rudnicki, with the ever so slightly clipped enunciation that adds a bit of exotic seasoning to his hypnotic yarning - yum! I could wrap up in that voice like a blanket before a fire on a cold wintry night!
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