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Surviving Survival

By: Laurence Gonzales
Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
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You have survived the crisis - trauma, disease, accident, or war - now how do you get your life back?

The shark attacked while she was snorkeling, tearing through Micki Glenn’s breast and shredding her right arm. Her husband, a surgeon, saved her life on the spot, but when she was safely home she couldn’t just go on with her life. She had entered an even more profound survival journey: the aftermath.

The survival experience changes everything because it invalidates all your previous adaptations, and the old rules don’t apply. In some cases survivors suffer more in the aftermath than they did during the actual crisis. In all cases, they have to work hard to reinvent themselves. Drawing on gripping cases across a wide range of life-threatening experiences, Laurence Gonzales fashions a compelling argument about fear, courage, and the adaptability of the human spirit. Micki Glenn was later moved to say: "I don’t regret that this happened to me. [It] has been...probably the single most positive experience I’ve ever had."

©2012 Laurence Gonzales (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Well written, compelling and honest to the end

I loved Deep Survival, but I was sorely disappointed with Everyday Survival, so it was with some hesitation that I burned a credit on another Laurence Gonzales book, but I'm so glad I did. As someone who's faced both personal challenges with PTSD from a near-fatal car crash and from time in law enforcement and as a volunteer firefighter, this book should be required reading for those in the field. Survival never stops when the helicopter comes, backup arrives or the patient is loaded into the ambulance and you're left to roll up the hose and put it back on the truck. Surviving survival is a process; a period of time that has a starting point from the moment of trauma, but doesn't have a clearly defined ending point. It might be that you get through one horrendous incident without so much as a flash of concern, but six weeks later have a relatively minor close call that sends the alarm bells off in your mind.

This book gets that; Gonzales gets that and he does an excellent job of describing it, explaining the process, explaining the why's and how's and then talks about some of the things that have worked, some of the challenges that remain, and in the end, does one of the most courageous things an author of biographical stories can do; he revisits the survivors and tells the honest truth about their current lives. Some stories continue on, what may have seemed like resolution was only remission and the cancerous thoughts in the mind can return with seemingly no reason at all. I commend Gonzales for his honesty, because for those of us who've been there, the lies that things can just be put behind us at some point just add gasoline to the fire that's already burning inside us.

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Fascinating and beautifully done!

This book was very well-researched and filled with amazing stories. I learned a lot about the brain and human resilience. I highly recommend it!

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Uplifting, devastating, realistic, beautiful, tragic

You will feel everything there is to feel during this book. It applies to all forms of trauma / survival. You'll learn more about yourself, the world, and the human condition. Life is incredibly hard for everyone, some of us get lucky and can coast on autopilot without major incident. The rest of us incur some for of trauma or catastrophe on a spectrum of severity. This book is a helpful philosophical guide to my chronic illness that has stripped away fundamental aspects of my youth. I am not a victim, however, I am a survivor and my journey of triumphs and hardships will continue for the rest of my life. Thank you for this beautiful book.

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for survivors

i enjoyed this book and Deep Survival. I love his story telling and brought meaning to my life.

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Wonderful books very informative and useful

I just finished four of the writers books and they are life changing putting into perspective things you have felt instinctively into the science of the mind.

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I was a big fan of Deep Survival. This read like a quintessential follow-up. It is just as superb.

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Everyone should read this!

A well written, intelligent insight into how trauma effects people emotionally, biologically, and socially. The book goes beyond experiencing trauma but delves into the after effects. The studies are honest and are used to explain and decipher the hardest part of trauma- coming to live with it once it has occurred. Brilliant book! Worth the listen!

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  • 11-03-22

important book

great book for anyone interested in the amazing thing that is the human mind and body.

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  • 01-22-22

Stunning Read

No human should have to go thru some of this stuff but it’s shows the courage of man.

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  • 05-25-20

Sensational

Laurence is my favourite author, I have read this book several times and overjoyed now to be able to listen to it as well. I'm sure I will know it off by heart, as I do Deep Survival and Everyday Survival. Thank you Laurence x

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  • 03-02-19

Love this dude

I love these books. So well researched and never disappoints. Always gets me thinking. Thanks

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  • Helen
  • 09-18-18

Everyone would benefit from this book

I really enjoyed this book and the fascinating information it contained. It encompassed things that I would never have considered which made it even better. The only thing I had trouble with was trying to keep track of all the different people whose stories were being told in each chapter who would then pop up in other chapters and I couldn't remember what their story was. It was also fascinating hearing the scientific side of things which I hadn't expected. I love when science is finally able to prove things that people have known to be true for eons.

I believe if people understand the scientifically verified causes behind certain behaviours in people who have been through trauma as described in this book then maybe people would be more compassionate to one another.

Highly recommended