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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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    Jack Colwell 12-27-10
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    "Great book"

    This is the book I most recommend to people in high risk professions. As an audio book, could not be better.

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    Jay Marie 07-22-10
    Jay Marie 07-22-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Not What I Thought"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Cartee Northern Virginia, USA 06-26-10
    Ann Cartee Northern Virginia, USA 06-26-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Great book, great narration!"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Yachats, OR, United States 05-31-10
    Tina Yachats, OR, United States 05-31-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing stories!"

    I loved this book and highly recommend it for all! The stories and narrator are both great!

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    Randall B. 07-09-09
    Randall B. 07-09-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Must Read For True Safety Professionals"

    If you want to gain insight into human behavior in extreme (possibly at work) circumstances, A MUST READ..............
    HSE Director- Oil & Gas Industry

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C Aspen, CO, United States 06-25-09
    C Aspen, CO, United States 06-25-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Survival in the deepest sense of the word"

    I highly recommend this listen. First, because the narrator is Stefan Rudnicki. His reading style is both easy to listen to and compelling. The principles of survival are applicable to everyone's life. They are precise in their instruction, clear in their application and provide compelling examples of the principles in action repeatedly. I believe everyone I know should hear this book and heed the advice given.

    Don't give up if you don't like the sensational "Outside" style - it's the substance of the book that is essential listening.

    0 of 0 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.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Stewart Kennedy 10-03-06 Member Since 2001
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    "please....."

    This book was not what I expected. not much adventure. more how the mind works wohoo

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Connellys Springs, NC, United States 09-15-06
    Carolyn Connellys Springs, NC, United States 09-15-06
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    "Not what I expected"

    I found this book to be too much like listening to a lecture and not a story. The few survivor stories were disjointed and had very little detail to them. It seemed to drone on an on about how the brain works, I was expecting to learn some survival techniques and all I learned was think like a survivor. I listen to most of my books many times but had to force myself to finish this one.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Brad toronto, ON, Canada 10-01-14
    Brad toronto, ON, Canada 10-01-14 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Worse book ever and phony reviews"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one! I do usually trust the reviews on Audible but the ones for this book must have been written by the author's family! The description of the book was so far off from what it actually is.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Laurence Gonzales again?

    Never


    What didn’t you like about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance?

    The stories are all exactly the same - chapter after chapter about a snowmobiler driving in cold weather and that he is a risk taker. Nothing of value whatsover!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None!


    Any additional comments?

    Do not buy this book!!!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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