Regular price: $24.50

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

Follow-up to the New York Times best seller Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life - revealing high-stakes techniques and survival secrets from real intelligence officers in life-or-death situations around the world

Everyone loves a good spy story, but most of the ones we hear are fictional. That's because the most dangerous and important spycraft is done in secret, often without anyone even noticing.

In Survive Like a Spy, best-selling author and former CIA officer Jason Hanson takes the listener deep inside the world of espionage, revealing true stories and expert tactics from real agents engaged in life-threatening missions around the world.

With breathtaking accounts of spy missions in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Korea, Japan, and elsewhere, the book reveals how to:

  • Achieve mental sharpness to be ready for anything
  • Escape if taken hostage
  • Defend yourself if detailed by foreign cops
  • Set up a perfect safe site
  • Assume a fake identity
  • Master the "Weapons of Mass Influence" to recruit others to build rapport and make allies when you need them most

With real-life spy drama that sounds like a novel paired with expert practical techniques, Survive Like a Spy is the perfect listen for fans of espionage as well as anyone who wants to stay safe in a fast-changing world.

©2018 Jason Hanson (P)2018 Penguin Audio

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    72
  • 4 Stars
    27
  • 3 Stars
    20
  • 2 Stars
    11
  • 1 Stars
    3

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    74
  • 4 Stars
    28
  • 3 Stars
    11
  • 2 Stars
    7
  • 1 Stars
    3

Story

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    66
  • 4 Stars
    23
  • 3 Stars
    18
  • 2 Stars
    12
  • 1 Stars
    3
Sort by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Decent but not great

Too many spook stories, attempts to make the case stories sound “real” like when he lists time and month (but not year) , brief descriptions of subjects - attempting to appear to read from a case file

You can also identify in advance when he talks up some ultra cool spy tool - and then proceeds to advertise it available on his web site. All you have to do is give him some personal and credit card info - stuff he warns you about giving away in the book. Many items are “free”you just have to pay for shipping (Credit card details grabbed, monthly, expensive “newsletter” subscription added)

That said, author appears qualified on the subjects covered and has to make a living.

Book does come with some occasional useful info.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Fantastic book, practical tips, too much marketing

The first time the author mentioned a website where you could get a free tactical bag I thought “oh cool!” Then I realized he was trying to sell me more stuff. As the book progressed more websites than I can count were mentioned trying to sell stuff. While I appreciate the info it got a bit overbearing and felt like an infomercial at times. Just leave a master list at the back please!

That said, I HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone! It has interesting spy stories and is loaded with practical tips anyone can put into action to stay safer in this crazy world we live in. I’d give it 5 stars were it not for the infomercial tone in places.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Very interesting book

While the delivery sometimes feels a little dry but don’t let that fool you; Hanson’s straightforward delivery of the material is definitely captivating and will keep you hooked from start to finish. This book gives great pointers for how to keep yourself and your family safe by framing the skills and tips in real situations.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Practical and Fascinating

I chose this to enhance skills and knowledge I've gained over the years regarding self-defense and world travel. This delivered!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

interesting

the book is very detailed in ways that operative were successful, makes you think about incidents that you can prevent in your life.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Listen close. There's great information in here.

Absolutely loved it, like I did its prequel Spy Secrets that can save your life

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

If you have nothing else to listen to

Got it in hopes to get some ideas for a screenplay, but the book has no more useful info then one of episodes of "Burn Notice", just plain common sense. "The Black List" TV show provides more inside details.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

the anecdotes are entertaining.

if this book saves your life, you should really read more. the spy anecdotes entertained.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Eh, not the best, not the worst.

What did you like best about Survive Like a Spy? What did you like least?

I enjoyed hearing some of the techniques and stories from the field. Author's performance was good. I was disappointed by all the sales pitches, they might be great items but it's not very helpful if I have to listed to links to items all the time. I agree with another reviewer, a link at the end would be helpful and help keep the stories flowing freely.

Has Survive Like a Spy turned you off from other books in this genre?

Big issue is the infomercial feel, breaks up too much of the story. Perhaps it's Ok in print but doesn't translate to spoken word.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narration was good save for website info.

Was Survive Like a Spy worth the listening time?

Could take it or leave it. Having 4 hours to commute each day I didn't find myself wanting to turn it back on to see what's happening.

Any additional comments?

Love the concept of real spy sharing real spy stuff, this just didn't flow as well as I'd hoped. If I give it a try again I will go with the paper copy.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • J-
  • 04-07-18

Nothing great

Maybe it’s because I’m former military, or that I’ve read a lot in general, but none of this was really more than common sense with pseudo sensationalization mixed in (Ex: “phone number: classified” well I hope you wouldn’t put anyone’s phone number in a book). Maybe I’m not the target audience, but I kept waiting for something educational, and it was just broad common sense generalities sensationalized.