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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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    Ann Sterling, VA, United States 06-26-10
    Ann Sterling, VA, United States 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!

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    Tina Yachats, OR, United States 05-31-10
    Tina Yachats, OR, United States 05-31-10 Member Since 2007
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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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    07-09-09
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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 2005
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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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    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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    Dr. Randal Mandos, III 04-28-13
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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about Deep Survival?

    The work generally has a fair amount of novel information, and some of the stories of the experience of those finding themselves in peril are compelling. However, Mr. Gonzales' style suffers when he deviates from a more straightforward narrative of facts into what is, for him, the dangerous hinterlands of purple prose. He has a thesis and it is clearly stated. Yet it is reductive and redundantly referred to in a fashion that makes it seem like filler.


    What was most disappointing about Laurence Gonzales’s story?

    The style and structure of the work is so annoying as to detract from an effective presentation of the materiel.


    What three words best describe Stefan Rudnicki’s performance?

    It was fine.


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

    As mentioned, there is some interesting research presented and some of the stories are compelling.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jonathan United States 07-05-12
    jonathan United States 07-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loaded with the Evolution Agenda"

    The author seems to view man as no more than a gifted ape who when the pressure is on acts no better than a hairy gorilla. At every interval the author says man is a product of eons of evolution and that's why he acts in a primal way. Man thinks, that's immaterial; to survive he has to think and not just act by his estimative sense.I suppose the author thinks that if he tells us that man is nothing more than a product of eons of evolution enough times we'll actually start believing we are no better than hairy gorillas.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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