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Publisher's Summary

Bear Grylls is a man who has always sought the ultimate in adventure. Growing up on the Isle of Wight, he was taught by his father to sail and climb at an early age. As a teenager he found identity and purpose through both mountaineering and martial arts, which led the young adventurer to the foothills of the mighty Himalaya and a grandmaster's karate training camp in Japan. On returning home, he embarked upon the notoriously gruelling selection course for the British Special Forces to join 21 SAS - a journey that was to push him to the very limits of physical and mental endurance. Then, in a horrific free-fall parachuting accident, Bear broke his back in three places. It was touch and go whether he would ever walk again. However, only eighteen months later Bear became one of the youngest ever climbers to scale Everest, aged only 23. But this was just the beginning of his many extraordinary adventures . . .Known and admired by millions, Bear Grylls has survived where few would dare to go. Now, for the first time, Bear tells the story of his action-packed life.

Gripping, moving and wildly exhilarating, Mud, Sweat and Tears is a must-read for adrenalin junkies and armchair adventurers alike. Narrated by Tom Patrick Stephens, who Bear approved himself (since he was off adventuring!)

©2011 Bear Grylls (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Lincoln
  • Stepney, Australia
  • 09-13-12

Inspirational

What did you love best about Mud, Sweat and Tears?

Bear Grylls is human he just tries harder and never gives up.
A completely honest and inspirational listen.

Which scene was your favorite?

Climbing Everest. Always thought it was something that I might want to do. It no longer is.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This book made me late for work many times as I sat in my car not wanting to stop the adventure.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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good one

if u like adventures, I'm sure u will love this.
superbly narrated.packed with interesting moments and incidents. really enjoyed it. thanks audible.😀

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Exciting and enjoyable

The book has had me gripped for the past week. I've not wanted to stop listening to it at all.

Its read very well and not like a robot.

If you like adventure, outdoors and exploring, I recommend this to you.

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Inspiring and captivating

Where does Mud, Sweat and Tears rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I was skeptical about audiobooks in general at first, but after listening to this I was pleasently surprised. The narrator does an excellent job in bringing the words to life and the story is both very captivating and inspiring.

Who was your favorite character and why?

As a biography is goes without saying that my favorite character was Bear himself.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite moment was during SAS selection. Because I listened to the book while running, it inspired me to push myself a little further.

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

It's funny to get an insight in the number of adventures, big and small, that Bear has been involved in. You can't help but chuckle and think: "what a lovable idiot"

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Better than I would have thought

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Its quite good simple entertainment.

What about Tom Patrick Stephens’s performance did you like?

He did quite well.

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

Not so much - it is a fairly simple book, and while its a good story it lacks the level to become really inspirational.

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Transparent – Honest – Inspiring!

The narration is exceptional and perfectly suitable to the content.

The content itself is transparent, honest and inspiring.

Without question, a must listen!

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  • Jason
  • cape townSouth Africa
  • 02-04-13

Great read!

Would you listen to Mud, Sweat and Tears again? Why?

No, Once you know the story I don't feel the need?

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mud, Sweat and Tears?

His summit of Everest and what he overcame.

What about Tom Patrick Stephens’s performance did you like?

He sounded similar to Bear, so it was as if he was talking.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

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  • Scott
  • Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 01-13-13

Mud, Sweat and Tears.. Great name for a title.

What did you love best about Mud, Sweat and Tears?

Bears honesty, humbleness and determination.

Any additional comments?

This is a great book for anybody, the underlying key principles told in the book can be applied to anybody with any situation. I highly recommend it.. To the point that this is the first review I have ever written an I've been an Audible member for nearly two years. Give this book a go!

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  • Chris
  • Australia
  • 08-06-12

Bear is what legends are made of

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes!
Such a great positive life journey, this is one of the best autobiography's i have ever read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bear!

Have you listened to any of Tom Patrick Stephens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but he sounds like Bear so made listening to it feel very much like it was Bear speaking himself.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. Over several days while i drive my truck.

Any additional comments?

Worth listening too, absolutely!

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  • Rowan
  • 05-05-12

I love this guy

Listened to the whole book in a day. The bloke is amazing and his book was a joy.

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  • Pixi
  • 05-06-12

What a trooper

Great read. The book focuses on his training and the climb. One very lucky guy that I can relate to in the back injury department. Its still an incredible journey in the short time this book goes on for and it leaves you wanting more. Better go watch some Man Vs wild now.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Greg
  • 06-01-12

The best

This is the best autobiography I have ever read. Well written and narrated. Excellent, compelling.

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  • richard
  • 12-12-16

amazing

really good insight into bears life, i really enjoyed the climbing everest part, and hearing what the sas selection process was like

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  • Sharon
  • 10-23-13

Not what I had hoped for

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No - I would not recommend this book to a friend, at least not a friend who is an adult. I do, however, think it's very suitable for adolescents - probably the age of the scouts of whom he is 'chief'. I admire Bear Grylls' exploits very much, and enjoy watching his TV appearances. Sadly, I found this book very poorly written (the narration was fine). The standard of language was very basic and, for me, that detracted from the story. It's not all bad - it's easy to listen to on account of the simple language, and there were some anecdotes which I found interesting. Overall, however, I was disappointed and am consequently unlikely to buy any other books by Bear. I'll stick to his TV shows!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-16-18

Inspiring

Brilliantly read and goes from interesting to gripping. The latter half is where it gets really strong, recounting SASR selection and Everest.

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  • Richard T.
  • 01-15-18

Inspiring.

If you have a teenage son or daughter, buy this book / audio book for them. It is a good listen and a great story. It might encourage them to get out there and grab life by the balls.

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  • Jules
  • 11-17-17

compelling!

I found this interesting. I watch some of Bear Grylls TV programmes and wondered how he ended up doing what he does.
I'm looking forward to listening to the rest! What a varied life he has led.

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  • D. J. Craig
  • 11-02-17

Eventful throughout

A very in depth look at why BG has chosen the life he has and how he has become so driven in whatever he chooses to do. The majority of this book is based around his experiences in the SAS selection process and Everest. It would have been nice to hear more of the stories he has as in depth as these but if this was the case the book would be massive. Other adventures were touched on including his TV life but in minimal detail. This is a guy who focuses on his goals despite any adversities without motivation; inspirational!

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  • Peter
  • 09-15-17

Great book if your into adventure.

If you could sum up Mud, Sweat and Tears in three words, what would they be?

Adventure, family and faith.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mud, Sweat and Tears?

When Bear completed SAS selection and when he stood on Everest.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When he finally stod on Everest.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

SAS and Everest completion

Any additional comments?

I loved this book. An honest and interesting story of the life of Bear Grylls. The book has 5 themes.
1. Family and upbringing.
2. SAS selection
3. Everest.
4. Wife and kids
5. TV
More that half of the book is a detailed account of Bears SAS selection and Everest climb. Great stuff, if your into that.
Interesting and lovely to read about his family, upbringing, wife and kids, and how much they mean.
Surprisingly the last part about his TV career was the bit I found least interesting.

All in all a great book about friendship, family, faith, perseverance, and last but not least doing what you love.

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  • Harry Becker
  • 10-30-17

Love, Love, and Love!

Mud, Sweat and Tears takes us deep into the mind of the one and only Bear Grylls. We are taken on a journey through Bear's trials and tribulation on his path to becoming an international superstar. Not only is the novel a collection of Bear's physical anecdotes, but some of the novel is also spent on his faith. Amen.

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  • Bradley
  • 01-25-17

Great real life adventure

I listened to this with my two teenage boys whilst driving to our holiday destination. We all loved it, it's a great lesson in where pure determination can get you.

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  • Zaak
  • 01-10-17

Entertaining and motivating read

A well constructed, entertaining insight into the life and back ground of BG. Read in a way that works with the story. Enjoyed.

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  • Daniel
  • 12-21-16

Excellent

A fantastic,honest life story of a truly inspiring good bloke.Will definitely recommend to anyone wanting a great listen.

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  • Adrian
  • 08-30-16

Humble and full of adventure

This book is a great listen. Read really well, it almost sounds like Bear himself. It you like Bear Grylls, it will inspire you to make the most of everything, as well as put you on the edge of your seat asking, "how's he going to get out of this one?"

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  • Mrs
  • 06-09-16

Daring, captivating and heartfelt

Grylls' autobiography is to be enjoyer by more than just the naturally adventurous or those inclined towards outdoors and extreme sport. through his adventures, the reader enjoys humble yet astute observations on life, relationships and how to live with meaning. A great read/listen.

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  • Karen
  • 05-24-16

Interesting and Inspiring

I don't know what I was expecting but I enjoyed Bear's honesty and ability to laugh at himself. He's led an interesting life filled with both privilege and challenges and he has chosen to learn from all of it and shares the best of those lessons in the book. The narrator was very easy to listen to and really made the story come alive.

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  • Daniel
  • 01-11-16

All cameras aside Bear is a genuine tough guy.

Would you consider the audio edition of Mud, Sweat and Tears to be better than the print version?

N/A

What did you like best about this story?

His whole life story was a good and interesting listen.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

they are all good

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

made me laugh a few times.

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  • Travis
  • 05-04-15

Inspirational

Truly a great man and I have realised. this book is jaw dropping and his life is amazing

0 of 1 people found this review helpful