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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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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".

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Poor narration - could not listen too.

This is only the second book I could not listen to because of the narrator alone. Too bad because I really like to listen to a book before the movie comes out. Sounds like an amazing story, but I guess I'll have to just wait for the movie now!

I believe the narrator may be ESL (English second language) because the pronunciation of the Spanish words seems to be spot on, but punctuation & fluidness of the English is painful. Too many times I would pause the book and not know what is going on because my brain focused on the errors of the narrator. Sounds like a grade school kid presenting his book report to the class at times. With the movie coming out the author should really get someone else to narrate his story and re-release this audio book.

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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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You want the narrator to die

The only character I liked was the dog. The dog isn't in most of the story.

The four main characters are a guy who forces an emaciated dog to go on an arduous 1 month hike in the jungle with insufficient food and beats and abuses it regularly and three other guys (two assholes - one of whom is the narrator - and one marginally less asshole-ish guy) who watch the abuse and do nothing.

The narrator is gullible, not too bright, stupid, misogynistic (he seems to see women a bit like pet bunnies, and the first thing he does is hang out with this girl for a few days, have sex with her, say he's going to call, not call, saying he "had needed her but now I don't think I can bring myself to touch her again", and steal her poncho, even though there's an opportunity to return it), arrogant, uncompassionate, mean, and foolhardy.

The plot is basically he creates a lot of negative karma and then experiences its effects.

The writing is 5th grade level. But the author clearly owns a thesaurus. The narration seems amateurish.

A MUCH better book (also a true story) is The Girl With No Name, she accomplishes what these guys were barely able to pull off for a couple months for YEARS, STARTING AT AGE FIVE, without slaughtering animals or felling whole trees, while being kind and friendly and sweet. There's also a national geographic special on her. And she's super awesome. She pulled off something SO MUCH COOLER AND MORE IMPRESSIVE, but Is sweet and demure about 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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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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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.