Green Beret and outdoor survival expert Mykel Hawke provides the most practical and accessible survival skills and information necessary for anyone to survive an unexpected situation in the outdoors. These are the most tried-and-true methods based on Hawke’s 25-year career as a captain in the US Army Green Berets, founder of the survival training company Spec Ops Inc, and popular survival expert on a wide range of television shows. Geared to the untrained civilian, Hawke provides essential and easy-to-apply information on shelter, water, fire, food, survival psychology, first aid, tools, navigation, signaling, and basic natural phenomena. Hawke’s Green Beret Survival Manual gives every listener the tools necessary to survive the worst imaginable circumstance and make it out alive.
©2009 Mykel Hawke (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
This book was incredibly in-depth. I had no idea what I was getting into and remember thinking "how can this book be over 15 hours long?" After listening to the book I realize how many dynamics are involved when in a survival situation. Many of which I've never considered.
Hawke does a great job of going over as many scenarios as possible with clear communication on what to do and how to prioritize tasks to liven your spirits and manage caloric intake. He covers pretty much every food scenario and even discusses uncommon topics such as whether or not to eat the deceased.
The narrator is tough to listen too at first and the book is quite long. A little too over the top with the "hardened soldier" tone, but you get used to it after awhile to the point that I stopped noticing.
Ranks #1 Hawke's Survival Bible has every single thing anyone needs to know on the topic of Survival from day one, what to look for on the net or in stores in the way of gear. A shopping list for every thing you Need, May be nice to have, and how to know if it's good, How to pack it, Where to keep it, and details of 'How to', prepare, do, use, and care for it all. Hawke even tells you how to skip it all, and leaves out nothing, while adding no fluff.
In the first chapter as he repeats again and again that one need not spend a dime on gadgets and gear, since when stuff starts splatting against the fan blades, you will likely be in the bathroom at church, so you won't have a chance to get your hands on any of it. Just to be sure you always have your Will to Survive.
Though his personal account of his life growing up, his first years in Survival Training, was surprising and candid.
I wish Hawke could have did the narration himself, though after the first or second chapter, the Narrator began to settle into the role, I think.
Well there was chapter 1 then there was chapter 2, Oh! and chapter 3, this isn't True at first light or some other Hemingway story, but every chapter caused me to stop what I was doing and go do something and this is still happening as of today, more than 40 days after I first began listening to it. Hawke explains things so clearly it may have not been needed, but I was 'moved', to go and anchor his tips and advice into my self so that I could own it!
Anyone interested in this book, for what ever reason, need really only be sure to do one thing. Get this book laminated, and get this audio version next to your bed so you can listen to it as you fall to sleep, have it in your car so you can listen to it instead of the local history station on the daily commute and then get a good nights rest, because you can forget all the gadgets and expensive gear, as long as you have Hawke's Bible and a will to make it through no matter what, you have all you must have to survive.
Solid content, more detailed than some other books of this kind, particularly in the first aide/medical section. With respect, I personally had a hard time with the narrators voice, it reminds me of Froggy from the Little Rascals, so it was comical at times, almost annoying at others. I did know what I was getting into as I always listen to the sample before buying, but a minute sample vs an entire book taught me a good lesson.
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The narration makes the experience of listening to this book virtually unbearable. Why did the author not read it himself? The content is good but, the narration is painful.
His attempt at "laughing" when adding emphasis was truly terrible. He also seemed to be forcing himself to talk in a somewhat gravely tone the entire time. Very awful.
Disappointing considering the author is so well spoken live. He should have read his own book.
This book is brutally straight forward. Not only did the author gave me the ideas that I truly need when I'm out there, I learned the basic concepts to know when you're out there, the practical approach on things and not the theoretical and very specific things like names and such. I don't need to know the names of the plants but I do need to know how to find them, what they look like and their specific uses.
Did I loved the book? Hell yeah!
Did I struggle to finish it? Hell no.
My most memorable moment? First aid. what to do when the worst possible shit happens to you, like when your eye pops out, or what to do when something injects you with cyanotoxins.
How was the narrator? He's ok. He sounded like a soldier was teaching me how to suck it up, never quit and survive. Although the humor parts where not really convincing. haha
Good book for anyone whether you want general information on these topics. or even smell specific information on topics. Great starter info and sends u in right direction to look if u want to get more specific info about anything that has to do with surviving in a wide variety of locations or situations.. Well worth the price of admission. . would and have already recommended to friends and family... Ready to listen again I know some information I can get out again..
Mike Hawke should have read this - he has a great voice. Why they decided to use this narrator is beyond me - well, try the sample///
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