The Art of Resilience

Strategies for an Unbreakable Mind and Body
Narrated by: Ross Edgley
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (265 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author and award-winning adventurer Ross Edgley has been studying the art of resilience for years, applying all he has learned to become the first person in history to swim all the way round Great Britain, breaking multiple world records along the way. Now, Ross turns his attention to mental strength and Stoicism.

Ross Edgley famously ran a marathon pulling a 1.4-tonne car and climbed a rope the height of Everest (8,848 m), after living with Yamabushi warrior monks in Japan and partaking in Shamanic pain rituals with fire ants in the Amazon jungle. On his epic 1,780-mile journey around Great Britain, which lasted 157 days, Ross swam through giant jellyfish, arctic storms, ‘haunted’ whirlpools and polluted shipping lanes, going so hard, and so fast, his tongue fell apart.

Ross’ previous book, The World’s Fittest Book, was a Sunday Times number one best seller and explored the science of physical fitness. Now, in The Art of Resilience, Ross uses his swim experience and other amazing endurance feats, where he managed to overcome seemingly insurmountable pain, hardship and adversity, to study the performance of extreme athletes, military and fitness specialists and psychologists to uncover the secrets of mental fitness and explore the concept of resilience, persistence, valour and a disciplined mind-set in overcoming adversity. This groundbreaking work represents a paradigm shift in what we thought the human body and mind were capable of and will give you a blueprint to become a tougher, more resilient and ultimately better human - whatever the challenge you face.  

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Ross Edgley (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Incredible individual, incredible book, incredible story." (Chris Hemsworth)

"A hero who is as humble as he is resilient...testament to a 'never give up' spirit!" (Bear Grylls)

"From reading this book, the message that comes shining through is this: you can achieve anything." (Ant Middleton)

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A pleasure to listen to

I remember hearing of Ross’s journey on social media when the swim was taking place. When he told his story on The Joe Rogan experience following the swim, I was fascinated by his tale and his enthusiasm. As a man who swam competitively for more than a decade, it’s not the swim that kept me entertained (although it certainly did impress me beyond words), it was Ross’s puppy-like enthusiasm and tenacity at which he completed his journey. Deeply philosophical and intelligent in his approach, Ross and his crew’s personal journey follows in the footsteps of so many heroes and brave-souled adventurers and is a testament of human will. Truly one of the best physical and mental achievements I have ever had the pleasure of hearing.

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Great writer and narrator

Loved it, would highly recommend! Small section roughly in the middle goes a little too much into details and drags on a little too long about swimming technique, but otherwise a great read!

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so cheeky

informative, funny, gripping. loved it! great running partner. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for specifics on stoic sports science.

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Great listen on perseverance

Going through training for an Ultra Marathon you tend to think you are the only person going through certain emotions. Although my training and feat is not nearly as impressive as thaf of Ross and his team, it is easg to relate as you go through all the emotions he had to endure.

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a great read and a great mission.

I truly enjoyed this book and its story, and throughout the time listening to it, I also implemented a lot of the actions and practices Ross used into my own training. Needless to say I am now on a mission to find my challenge. God Bless Ross Edgely.

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The best book I’ve ever experienced

Easily my favorite book of all time. Truly inspiring, Ross really delivered with this one, showcasing & telling his experience with excellence. Beautiful story, beautiful person, thank you Ross.

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Endurance Athelete Must Read

A behind scenes perspective of training and preparation it takes to achieve the impossible

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A journey for the ages

This was an excellent book l, that was well narrated by Ross regarding his own story. Research and explanations are used throughout to provide a scientific basis of decisions that were made on the adventure. All the other bits of fun and adventure are added in too. I have listened to podcasts he has done and his other book and this is by far the best book. Sometimes the basic explanations of physical activity science are tedious if you understand these too a higher level. But all round a very good book.

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Simply Amazing

Amazing lessons and stories I have enjoyed every aspect of this audio book . Ever since the worlds fittest book I have been a fan . Ross I pray that keep doing what you are doing .. The world needs more people like you ..

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Mind & Body Science meets storytelling

This book is one of the best books I’ve ever read. And I read a lot of books. Is someone who is an entrepreneur and my spiritual journey of business, they also being a fitness guy, trying to push the boundaries of my body and practice mental toughness and all fronts, Facebook puts together the art of Stoic sports science, As well as so many other aspect of mental toughness and principles of what to do when your body and mind are pushed to the limit. Best thing about it is, Ross Is an amazing storyteller, and also turns up in amazing performer. He read this so well That listening to it became more kind of like a show than listening to an audio book. Finally I think this book is a must for anyone and everyone who’s ever tried or is considering trying #75Hard – the mental toughness program by Andy Frisella, that I personally finished just a month prior to coming about this book. Thank you Ross Edgley for an incredible story and inspiration to push ourselves to the limits and live our best lives! 🙌

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  • 07-23-20

Great story backed up with science

complex topic beautifully broken down and explained, with the relevant science in bite sized portions to help you along

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-20

What a guy!

such a brilliant book and really inspirational. Ross is one of a kind and I can't wait for his next challenge

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  • kieran moore
  • 06-29-20

must listen

gripped from start to finish. one amazing human being. a must listen for anyone interested in sports.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-19-20

Great Story, Inspiring Achievement, Fantastic Guy

At first, I thought the book was going to be a long, drawn out and repetitive story for the purposes of there being a book. HOWEVER, the mix between Ross's personal accounts and existing scientific studies was very thought provoking. The fact that he achieved what he did in the first place should automatically earn him 5 stars, however the kindness of his personality and character shows through his narration and I can't imagine the book would be half as personal if not narrated by the man himself.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-04-20

amazing

Really enjoyable, a brilliant story of how far you can go. Definitely helps to strengthen your pwn mindset

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-18-20

Im all about Art!

Just downloaded it but i bet its amazing just like the Worlds Fittest Book. Ross is a Legend! Greetings from Athens Greece 🇬🇷

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-22-20

Extremely inspiring listen!

This book was excellently written and Ross's narration adds great colour to the stories. I was so inspired after listening that I started wild swimming in the sea after chapter 1! (Next stop around the UK...)

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  • reece Johnson Bond
  • 10-22-20

Inspiring Ross Edgley

After reading the David Goggins book ‘can’t hurt me’, I feel that book is the benchmark for not just inspiration but demonstrating the capabilities and strength each and everyone has. ‘The art of resilience’ reaches that benchmark, and perhaps surpassing it but I’ll let you be the judge of that. The feat Ross Edgley achieved is one of the greatest human achievements I’ve ever heard, and I couldn’t recommend this book enough to improve your own life regardless of how much you take away from this book, it will give you the tools to better yourself mind and body.

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  • Samm
  • 10-22-20

An impossibly modest human being

Listening to this audiobook I am touched by Ross’s extensive knowledge and research into the sport science behind endurance activities, But what unfolds in this well read book, is just how much strength of character Ross has. It is unlikely this feat of endurance swimming around the UK will ever be surpassed, the man is a machine with human integrity in bucket loads, and those buckets are filled with bananas.

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  • NATT-SLY
  • 10-21-20

Captivating

Absolutely astonishing feat of endurance (and resilience) from Ross Edgley, infectious and inspirational personality. Couldn’t stop listening to the audiobook! Incredible!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-23-20

Great inspiration and information!

I loved listening to this read in the author’s own voice. The stories were great, structure was easy to follow, research and tips were fascinating, and inspiration was real. Now I want to plan my own adventure and cycle around Australia!

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  • Anna
  • 09-18-20

Utterly brilliant

Ross is one of my favourite authors and hearing how read his own story is just magic. A brilliant storyteller who is modest and smiles through the outstanding efforts and struggles. A fantastic mixture of science and storytelling, this book is the only thing that tempts me out of bed and into my car driving a half hour to and from work each day, Ross has been a greatly appreciated driving companion

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-20

Inspirational

A humble depiction of a heroic effort. Ross is a great story teller, and his dedication to the record breaking swim is incredible. A superb team effort and a beautiful underlying story of humanity.

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  • luke edwards
  • 09-11-20

Boring

Too much of a workout journal and not enough an inspiring story. Almost was able to finish it, but got more and more boring as he neared his goal. Disappointed because I was excited to listen to it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-20

a thought provoking and inspirational book

This was a thought provoking and inspirational book. the best I have heard on the stoic theory

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-20

Amazing story

Loved the book, the story is insane how one man and his swim around the uk. Credit to Ross.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-20

Amazing motivation

loved it reminded me to keep going no matter what. loved the sports science as well as the stoicism.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-19-20

Simply amazing

I couldn't stop listening to this book. I am obsessed. Currently on my 3rd re listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-19-20

Fantastic listen, full of incredible lessons

What a book! Ross' story is really inspiring. Showing what the human body can achieve with a strong positive mindset. What an incredible achievement, I can't wait to see what crazy challenge he takes on next!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-19-20

Awesome

Absolute Strength of Mind and body to create his character. lover it and because Ross read Bit himself, added the reality.