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Into the Planet

My Life as a Cave Diver
Narrated by: Jill Heinerth
Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (118 ratings)

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From one of the world’s most renowned cave divers, a firsthand account of exploring the Earth’s final frontier: the hidden depths of our oceans and the sunken caves inside our planet.

More people have died exploring underwater caves than climbing Mount Everest, and we know more about deep space than we do about the depths of our oceans. From one of the top cave divers working today - and one of the very few women in her field - Into the Planet blends science, adventure, and memoir to bring listeners face-to-face with the terror and beauty of Earth’s remaining unknowns and the extremes of human capability.

Jill Heinerth - the first person in history to dive deep into an Antarctic iceberg and leader of a team that discovered the ancient watery remains of Mayan civilizations - has descended farther into the inner depths of our planet than any other woman. She takes us into the harrowing split-second decisions that determine whether a diver makes it back to safety, the prejudices that prevent women from pursuing careers underwater, and her endeavor to recover a fallen friend’s body from the confines of a cave. But there’s beauty beyond the danger of diving, and while Heinerth swims beneath our feet in the lifeblood of our planet, she works with biologists discovering new species, physicists tracking climate change, and hydrogeologists examining our finite freshwater reserves.

Written with hair-raising intensity, Into the Planet is the first book to deliver an intimate account of cave diving, transporting listeners deep into inner space, where fear must be reconciled and a mission’s success balances between knowing one’s limits and pushing the envelope of human endurance.

©2019 Jill Heinerth (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Hardcore Adventure

Diving deep in underwater caves is one of the most dangerous things a human can do. Jill takes you deep into this netherworld. A world where you face your fears and there is no room for error. Jill is a rare breed of explorers who pushing the envelope of discovery.

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A personal story of perseverance & self-reflection

There Are too few words available to me to say how much I Love this....

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Good story...

Not as exciting as expected. Author would have done well to hire a professional voice actor or actor. Author doesn’t have enough experience or the skill set for a good performance.

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Amazing

This audiobook was hard to turn off. I was unhappy when it ended. I wanted more. Like some of the Luther diving audiobooks I have in my library, I’m sore this isn’t the last time I will listen to this.

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Exciting stories

Excellent written and told! Loved it! So many interesting stories and lessons learned! Highly recommended.

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Fabulous!

The total emersion of the book is undeniable! With Jill's relaxing tone & vivid imagery throughout the book you feel like you could be right next to her on a dive. She shares such an interesting world with us all.

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Super Woman

A testimony of personal growth and courage. A guidepost for your life's journey. A must read for young women with dreams of discovery.

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A must for divers, explorers, and the ones who love them.

Jill Heinerth’s book “Into the Planet” is absolutely gripping. Expertly read by the author, Jill pulls the reader in, bringing us along with her on her pioneering explorations and sometimes frightening adventures.

For those of us who dive, hearing Jill’s descriptions of the wondrous surroundings and feelings of excitement, awe, determination, partnership, love, and community speaks to our very essence. For those loved ones, who may not always understand why we do what we do, but who still wish us well and support us in our adventures, Jill offers an insight into why living our authentic adventurous lives are just as much part of us as the love we have for them.

Also, for divers; besides being an amazing explorer, Jill has an absolutely stellar reputation as a teacher/instructor. I’ve not (yet?) had the pleasure of learning from her in person but her storytelling yields so much information, especially around diving and dive psychology, that I’ll be listening to the audio again (and again) and gleaming what I can from her wisdom.

-LeAnne

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excellent story of a life not wasted. <br />

the real life struggles and endurance through it all. the constant out look on life to endeavor is incredible

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Amazing!

What an amazing woman! So strong, brave and inspirational. I absolutely loved this book and learning about her amazing experiences.