Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why

Version: Unabridged
Author: Laurence Gonzales
Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki
Genres: Sports & Recreation, Travel
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: August 2006
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 10 hours, 30 minutes
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After her plane crashes, a seventeen-year-old girl spends eleven days walking through the Peruvian jungle. Against all odds, with no food, shelter, or equipment, she gets out. A better equipped group of adult survivors of the same crash sits down and dies. What makes the difference?

Examining such stories of miraculous endurance and tragic death, Deep Survival takes us from the tops of snowy mountains and the depths of oceans to the workings of the brain that control our behavior. Through analysis of case studies, the author describes the essence of a survivor and offers steps for staying out of trouble. In the end, he finds, it is what's in your heart, not what's in your pack, that separates the living from the dead. This book will change the way we understand ourselves and the great outdoors.

Reviews (4)

Not a fan

Written by Diane M on March 27th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This isn't what I expected. Too much scientific detail about why people act the way they do. If you're a student of psychology or physiology, this might be your cup of tea.

Wow what a book!

Written by DWIGHT on August 10th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I got this book and in a month I have listen to the book 3 times. This should be required reading for anyone that travels more then 10 miles from home. Bottom line WOW!

Great Lessons

Written by Robin B on June 24th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent book and not only valuable to adventurous types. Also some great lessons and understanding for victims of the economic turndown or other trials of life. Highly recommended.

Analyzing Survival

Written by Rick on October 9th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Anyone who loves survival stories and anyone who's passion in life involves getting into survival situations will love this book. The book has two components, woven together seamlessly. First, it tells survival stories that took place in a variety of settings--mountain climbing, backcountry skiing, hiking, ocean sailing, etc. Even if you've heard some of them before, his perspective on them is fascinating. Second, the author uses each story to glean lessons about who lives and who dies in survival situations. He finds the common threads in disparate stories, and explains how people who are very experienced end up making mistakes that may prove fatal. The book delves deeply into the psychology of survival. (One or two sections are a bit dry and scientific--but stick with it--the narrative always picks up.) This is a GREAT book. If you are involved in any risk-taking sports (I'm a backcountry skier), you will enjoy and learn from this book. I bought the paperback & read it again.

Author Details

Author Details

Gonzales, Laurence

Laurence Gonzales has lectured before groups ranging from the Santa Fe Institute to Legg Mason Capital Management and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.