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