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Editorial Reviews

Pat Young’s clear voice brings alive the world of Israeli best-selling author and motivational speaker Yossi Ghinsberg’s fascinating memoir Lost in the Jungle. Ghinsberg - who had no survival training - and three travelers journeyed into the Amazon rainforest in search of adventure, but ended up lost in the lush landscape. A rafting accident left him alone, without a knife or a map, and he had to fight to find food and shelter on his own. As his feet began to rot from exposure to storms, he lost hope that he could make it back to civilization. Somehow, he triumphed over the elements to return to tell his harrowing story.

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Four travelers meet in Bolivia and set off into the heart of the Amazon rainforest, but what begins as a dream adventure quickly deteriorates into a dangerous nightmare, and after weeks of wandering in the dense undergrowth, the four backpackers split up into two groups. But when a terrible rafting accident separates him from his partner, Yossi is forced to survive for weeks alone against one of the wildest backdrops on the planet. Stranded without a knife, map, or survival training, he must improvise shelter and forage for wild fruit to survive. As his feet begin to rot during raging storms, as he loses all sense of direction, and as he begins to lose all hope, he wonders whether he will make it out of the jungle alive.Lost in the Jungle is the story of friendship and the teachings of nature, and a terrifying true account that you won’t be able to put down.

©2009 Yossi Ghinsberg (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Interesting story, awful narrator.

The narrators voice ruins the stories! He doesn't seem to notice punctuation and his pronunciation is distracting.

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An Okay Survival Story

I love a great survival story, but this one is merely satisfactory.

There's a lot of "this happened, and then this, and then that" in Ghinsberg's tale. He shares many icky details about parasites and infections (what happens to his feet is truly disturbing) that bring the ordeal to life. He doesn't spare his ego at all, describing one highly embarrassing injury (ouch!) and a couple of gross-out moments involving soiling himself. You really do feel for the guy, and his increasing frustration and despair is obvious. Almost everything goes against him, and even though we know he survived, it does seem doubtful at many points in the story.

But ultimately, there's not much depth here. I like survival stories that have something to say about the human condition, and while Ghinsberg touches on topics like religion and talks about a special talisman given to him by a relative, it is "interesting" rather than "significant".

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Good story & bad narration- difficult to listen to

Would you listen to Lost in the Jungle again? Why?

No, because the narrator was extremely difficult to listen to. He tried hard, but was too forceful in his gate.

Would you be willing to try another one of Pat Young’s performances?

No. He tries hard, but his forceful narration style is very difficult to accept and listen to.

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Buy it, but I'll nitpick.

Amazing story of survival and well worth a purchase, thought overall it would have benefited with more emotional dialogue and narration. Certain harrowing moments seem to blend into the norm too easily for my ear.

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Great Story

This is an amazing story! Narrator was pretty bad and hard to get used to but it's worth it!

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The narrator stinks!!!

The story is great, but the narrator sucks. His voice is annoying, and he reads the book very mechanical and without any emotion. Horrible performance.

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Good story but hard to follow

What didn’t you like about Pat Young’s performance?

The narrator spoke too fast and with minimally pausing between phrases and sentences, it was hard to follow. It kind of sounded like it was done artificially, possibly as part of compression.

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I really liked the story

I thoroughly enjoyed the story. I really disliked the narrators over pronunciation of the letter T. A constant hard pronunciation of the letter T. I have only met one person in real life who talks like this, it took me out of The story quite a bit. The adventure of the story was enthralling, and I couldn't wait to hear what would happen next. I really enjoy these types of books, but with a different narrator it could have been much better.

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I returned this book.

Maybe a better book for people under 20? It reminds me of books I read in middle school.

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Compelling, beautifully written - horrid narrator

I'm going to begin with my review of the book; my assessment of the amateurish narration follows:

I'm not sure I can write a review that does this book justice. I'd never heard of Yossi Ghinsberg, until one lazy afternoon I stumbled into the movie on one of my streaming services. What intrigued me about the film, inspired me to read the book, was not so much the man-against-nature theme, which is common enough in both memoirs and novels, but the compelling relationship between the three young men; and it's common enough for backpackers in a foreign land to bond over shared adventures, beer, and silly stunts, but these three men developed a genuine affection for one another, that ultimately made all the difference in this outcome of this story.

Yossi's harrowing story of survival in the jungle could have been the entire book, but it's not. The first third of the book tells the story of how the lives of these three men from three different nations, Israel, U.S. & Switzerland, converged in Boliva, and how their shifting alliances to one another mirrored the increasing danger of their bizarre trek. Honestly, if this story were fiction one might be tempted to call it contrived or overly sentimental, but as a memoir it's absolutely wrenching.

Let's be clear that this is not morality tale of "you can do it too." These kids were young, strong, and between them shared experience in wilderness and military training, but there is a take home message that it doesn't hurt to believe in your ability to survive.

Now that narration - First, most Audible narrators seems to have a theatrical background; they enunciate words and add emphasis as needed. Often, I find their narration too slow and listen at speeds of 1.05-1.15, but I generally enjoy their interpretations.

This narrator read so fast, in a monotonous tone lacking all theatrical element, that I had to listen at 0.85 to avoid missing anything.

Next, his frequent mispronunciation of words - including, of all things, the author/protagonist's name - that this sounds like something a high school kid might produce before receiving teacher feedback for the revision. A book this compelling deserves so much better, and I hope Audible consider republishing it with a more talented narrator, but if your only opportunity to experience Ghinsberg's tale is through enduring this narrator, I still recommend it.