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We are a nation battered every day by stories about horrific calamities, tragic events, frightening statistics. Inevitably, our thoughts turn personal and we wonder if we have what it takes to get through when the worst is thrown our way.

While there are plenty of books about coping with adversity, it isn't until now, with The Survivors Club, that we discover the human factors that determine survival. It's a combination instruction manual and security blanket that blends compelling true stories with cutting-edge science to deliver some of the most important lessons we'll ever need to learn.

This audiobook will:

  • List the most important traits necessary for survival (fear is #1)
  • Identify the five types of survivors
  • Debunk myths (like only the strong survive), explore the frontiers of survival science (How much strain and punishment can a human body endure?), and introduce listeners to counterintuitive thinking (Ever heard of posttraumatic growth?).
  • Provide a Survivors Tool Kit, including an online test (at that measures one's Survivor's Quotient

Each one of us eventually joins the club of millions who face life's inescapable tribulations and tragedies. The Survivors Club is the companion we need to prepare us for and guide us through the worst.

©2009 Ben Sherwood; (P)2009 Hachette Audio

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  • Andy
  • Westport, CT, United States
  • 04-07-09

a how to guide to survival when bad things happen

Ben Sherwood does a solid job of homing in on what qualities and characteristics most everyone can muster to maximize their chances of survival when bad things happen. Through a range of examples and interviews with experts, he tells us not only what we need to do, but what we should ignore while working hard to stay alive. Narration is first rate.

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The stories of survival and how to survive in all sorts of situations were engaging and powerful. Thanks to this book I view choices I make very differently. I approach how I pick my seats on an air plane in a very new light. I travel awake and alert. I am aware of silly errors that can cause terrible outcomes. An eyeopener that sticks with you. Highly recommended reading.

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Will Change Your Approach to Risk

Terrific book. Sherwood sets out to understand who survives and who dies in trauma, and why. He makes the point that sooner or later most of us will face a test, often a life threatening test, and who enters the survivors club is not random. Certainly people have skills, instincts, and resources that allow them to survive (and even thrive) where others are killed or destroyed.

I had no idea that most plane crashes are survivable, but only survivable if you know what you are doing and have a plan. Same goes for car accidents, fires, violent attacks and those other events that could kill us. Sherwood is a journalist with a varied resume (former TV news producer, magazine writer), and he brings all his reporting skills to the question of who survives. The interviews with people who survived horrible accidents are gripping. My favorite is the pilot who survived ejecting from his airplane at faster then Mach 1! Highly recommended.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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What would have made The Survivors Club better?

An emphasis on the science behind survival, instead of gushing, incredulous stories about people who got very lucky.

What was most disappointing about Ben Sherwood’s story?

Doesn't live up to the title: there's very little science. The author frequently seems to want us to think that people survive because of miracles, prayers, or things scientists and experts say is "impossible."

What didn’t you like about Ben Sherwood’s performance?

The gushing, incredulous tone.

What character would you cut from The Survivors Club?

The author.

Any additional comments?

A deeply disappointing book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Casey
  • san diego, CA, USA
  • 02-14-09

Misleading and Redundant

I was really looking forward to this book. I'm fascinated by the art/science of survival. However, this book has little in the way of practical advice. It's more of a guide to staying positive during adversity--a nice message, just not a unique one, and not one that takes 11 hours to dispense.

Since the author doesn't really have new information, the whole thing quickly devolves into a series of sad stories about cancer and car crashes.

At one point, the author actually gives the advice to "be lucky." I'm not kidding. That's his advice. Be lucky. At another point, the author asserts that the people who survive adversity have stronger faith in God than those who succumb to cancer and plane crashes--insulting and insane.

In the title, the author uses the words "science of survival." No science here. Despite the author's continued insistence that he is a skeptic, he takes a Buddhist monk at his word when told that brain injuries can be cured with chanting, and the author tells stories about magical Bibles and sea life that is controlled by prayers without any suggestion that they may be exaggerated, or false.

If you like books like "The Secret," you'll probably love this. If you think angels cure cancer and religious chants cure comas, you've found a winner. If you're looking to actually improve your odds of survival in a difficult situation, keep looking.

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I'm a Survivor

Chills down the spine. Why do some people survive and some don't? Great points on doing your very best to be a survivor. And what causes survivors to survive. A must read.

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This book was fascinating, exciting and informative. This has dramatic and riveting stories and also goes into the psychology and neurophysiology of survival traits. It also reaches out to anyone going through their own survival quest.

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  • Randy
  • Moses Lake, WA, USA
  • 03-22-09

required reading

This book will help anyone in any situation.

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  • Leslea
  • Henderson, NV, USA
  • 03-19-10


Good book, goes into a lot of survivors detail.

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listened to this several times, love it evey time.

I've listened to this audio book several times. I love it evey time, great stories, great advise.

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