Epic Survival

Extreme Adventure, Stone Age Wisdom, and Lessons in Living from a Modern Hunter-Gatherer
Narrated by: Tom Perkins
Length: 7 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (189 ratings)

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Early on in his life, Matt craved a return to nature. When he became an adult, he set aside his comfortable urban life and lived entirely off the land. In this riveting narrative that brings together epic adventure and spiritual quest, he shows us what extraordinary things the human body is capable of when pushed to its limits. He learns the secrets of the Tarahumara Indians, which help him run the 1,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail in just 58 days and endure temperature swings of 100 degrees. He takes us with him as he treks into the wilderness to live alone for half a year, armed with nothing but a loincloth, a pair of sandals, a stone knife, and chia seeds. He recounts near-death experiences of hiking alone through the snowdrifts at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Above all, Epic Survival is a book about growing closer to the land that nurtures us. No matter how far our modern society takes us from the wilderness, the call remains.

©2015 Matt Graham and Josh Young (P)2015 Tantor

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It's quite strange as a guy, to hear another guy be so in touch with himself, the earth and nature. Much respect and admiration. He does what he wants, not what society deems as cool. He has effectively disengaged from modern cultures and clearly loves life.

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Loved it!

Wish it was twice as long. Didn't want it to be over. Love the stories, the theme, everything. Matt is really honest. Especially about himself. If he ever wrote anything else, I would buy it on the day it was released.

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Great book

What made the experience of listening to Epic Survival the most enjoyable?

The stories. Lots of real-life examples of of Matt's adventures with emphasis on his mistakes and his opportunities for improvement. I was amazed by how little food and water he survived on in some of these treks.

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

Tom did a great job, but I would have preferred for Matt to narrate this story himself.

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Missed opportunity for what could have been a great book.

This guy has clearly had a fascinating life, and the material could have probably made for a great book. Unfortunately rather than telling any well-organized, enjoyable story, or providing useful information to readers in any coherent way, it doesn’t seem to have any organization whatsoever and instead it reads like the arrogant ramblings of a bragging egomaniac who is trying desperately to impress people — and he frequently goes out of his way to feign humility, which makes it even more insufferable. I really wanted to like this book, but this is the problem with a lot of autobiographies who don’t have good editors or good co-authors — they’re self indulgent because they’re written from the perspective of a successful but self absorbed person and not written by a professional writer who knows how to put himself or herself in the reader’s shoes. We’re not interested in spending hours reading a book to hear about how badass some guy that we don’t know named Matt Graham is. Rather, we want to hear a well written and well organized story, and/or learn something really useful. This book failed in both regards, although I gave it two stars rather than one because you can squeeze some interesting bits out of parts of the book (between eye rolls about how self indulgent it is).

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Philosophy of living on the land

Challenges my heart to live in nature in pure and raw form. To sleep on a bed of needles without getting the feeling of the crawlies, to rest into the reality of the present, and to expand awareness that can only be found in the outside causes the outside to become your inside and your inside your outside.

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What a life Matt is living

Matt has some significant life lessons to teach, if only we can slow down and hear them.

Having been introduced to Matt when he was on Dual Survival, I wish he had narrated the book. The narrator does a fine job but it felt like he was telling Matt’s story. And we lost a little in the telling.

For anyone who has dreamed of living off the land (or with the land as Matt says), this is an engaging look into a life that does it.

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Inspiring

Listened to whole thing while hunting and while cutting wood in the forrest. Paused it a few times to take things in. i live in the middle of woods (in a house). Going to start to venture farther and longer after reading this.

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Our teacher, the Land

What can we learn from the land? Quite a bit: working with your environment instead imposing your will on it. This is universal in the natural and the man-made worlds. The laws of nature are patience, observation, and balance. These can and will be found in nature if we will open ourselves up to her firm but gentle instruction.

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Capitalist at heart

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Try not to walk on both sides of the road at the same time.

Would you ever listen to anything by Matt Graham and Josh Young again?

Probably not.

What about Tom Perkins’s performance did you like?

Good reader. Did his job well.

Was Epic Survival worth the listening time?

Yeah, basically. Though I was disheartened once I got deep into the book.

Any additional comments?

Seems (to me), there is a little too much hypocrisy in the book..... I enjoyed how he separated himself from the societal demands of western civilization, and how being so pure, he hasn't time nor desire to be critical of others. Yet in the book, it turns and does just that.Pretty much turned me off for the duration of the book. I'll hand it to Matt though. He has gone on to be a very successful person!

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Matt's Epic Journey is nothing short of Amazing!

What did you love best about Epic Survival?

Matt Graham's Epic life Journey is nothing short of Amazing! Matt is such a down to Earth guy with vast knowledge of our Ancestral way's.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Matt Graham, for passing on the Tribal knowladge

Which character – as performed by Tom Perkins – was your favorite?

Matt Graham

Any additional comments?

MUST HAVE!