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Deep Survival Audiobook

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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    Laurie Stegall 05-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not what I expected"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Boring. Didn't get past the first 1/2 hour, I wanted a good survival story and got a term paper. If that's what you're looking for great, really, but for me a waste


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    Curtis 05-09-14
    Curtis 05-09-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Reviews are Overrated"

    After reading the reviews I was very excited to read this book and it was a total disappointment. I have read and listened to many survival stories and this was the worst book of this genre that I have listened to. I was expecting a thorough and exciting account of each story and that did not happen. I did not finish the book because it was so bad so maybe it got better, but I was so disappointed I could not continue on. If you are looking for a detialed and exiting account of survival stories and an explanation of why people survive, this is NOT the book for you.

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    Blobsquatch 04-03-14
    Blobsquatch 04-03-14 Member Since 2013

    I am a male in my early 50's. At this point I only listen to non-fiction audiobooks, primarily those dealing with spirituality and self-improvement. Audiobooks have had a huge positive influence in my life over the past year!

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    "Get this book if you are an outdoorsman (or woman)"

    While not specific to outdoor pursuits, the lessons given in this book provide an insight into common mistakes made by people which land them in life threatening situations. The descriptions of the real life experiences are vivid and make for enthralling reading. Add to this the information on psychology presented herein and you've got a truly enlightening perspective on human behavior in extreme scenarios. I hope you never need to use what you learn from this book, but you will be better prepared if you have read it.

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    badgerfan 07-10-13
    badgerfan 07-10-13
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    "Fascinating, detailed "why's" of survival"
    What did you like best about Deep Survival? What did you like least?

    The overall message I took from it: Overcome your amygdala's panic response. STOP and THINK. Panic is normal but let it pass. Those are the ones that survive. (And it doesn't hurt to dress sensibly, look around--be aware, and always check exits).


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?

    None stand out. I really liked the narrator's voice. Very commanding.


    Could you see Deep Survival being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It might work as a documentary, with different scenarios.


    Any additional comments?

    Liked it a lot. Better than most of the survival ones. (Sometimes too much psychological details but excellent).

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    wink23 06-23-13
    wink23 06-23-13
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    "New addition to my 'favorites' list"
    Where does Deep Survival rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Close to the top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I bought it for the survival stories, but was surprised how the author was able to tie everything into normal-life crises and I could relate to it on a whole new level.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm not sure if I have. He was very good here.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have enjoyed this book if it was nothing but a collection of disaster/survival stories but when he started connecting mental attitudes of survivors to situations us non-adventurer types might encounter it was like a lightbulb going on over my head.

    I learned a ton from this book and feel better equipped to deal with anything from losing a job to getting lost in the wilderness. Will be reading this one again and again.

    Only negative was a bit too much about his dad. But it's his book and he idolizes his dad (for good reason) so I really have no problem with it.

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    Richard 02-07-13
    Richard 02-07-13
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    "Insightful though repetitious."
    What did you like best about Deep Survival? What did you like least?

    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.


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    Excellent presentation, though repetitive in places.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was Deep Survival worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Hopkins California 12-16-12
    Hopkins California 12-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good narrator, poor book"

    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.

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    Ryan Marquis Alaska 11-12-12
    Ryan Marquis Alaska 11-12-12

    Read. Write. Live.

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    "Remarkable Stories That Inspire Deep Thought"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was recommended to me by a friend and I would in turn recommend it to others.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


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    Gale 08-06-12
    Gale 08-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Focuses on the mental aspect of survival"
    What made the experience of listening to Deep Survival the most enjoyable?

    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.


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    milton T. Tormey Los Altos, CA USA 06-28-12
    milton T. Tormey Los Altos, CA USA 06-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Facinating!"

    It reads like a fiction page-turner. While the individual stories are compelling, the brain-science observations are even better. I highly recommend it.

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