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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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    Kelly 08-11-15
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    "great stories!"

    the stories were great! it was funny at times, gripping at times and I feel like I learned a lot.

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    Art 06-16-15
    Art 06-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Superior insights into thoughts and responses that lead to success or failure"

    Recommend it to al family and friends as beneficial to understanding impact of one's thinking processes on one's success or lack thereof in meeting life's challenges of any sort.

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    neil 05-23-15
    neil 05-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "eye opener"

    Now I understand why I sometimes make the choices I do. I'm an irrational emotional decision maker sometimes. Good book for anyone who has actually survived a catastrophic accident.

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    Ben 03-23-15
    Ben 03-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Not what I expected..."

    A well constructed narrative/argument that might encourage one to take responsibility for oneself and step out into adventure with greater confidence and probability of success. I enjoyed it very much.

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    Amazon Customer 03-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "thought provoking and engaging ....excellent"

    this book will get your mind working on ideas that may never occur otherwise. You will surely talk about topics from this book with family and friends. well worth the time .

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    Stephen E. Asheville, NC, US 02-16-15
    Stephen E. Asheville, NC, US 02-16-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Get ready for a crash landing."

    Full of amazing stories. He weaves together neurobiology with the ancient wisdom of The Buddha. I am seeing an upcoming backpacking trip to the Grand Canyon in an entirely new light.

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    Daniel Anderson 12-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "misleading"

    this isn't a book about survival but more about the psychology behind survival. don't purchase if your looking for survival stories, you won't find them here.

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    Brad 10-01-14
    Brad 10-01-14 Member Since 2011

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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!!!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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