The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook

Version: Unabridged
Author: Joshua Piven , David Borgenicht
Narrator: Burt Reynolds
Genres: Comedy, Health & Fitness
Publisher: Listen & Live Audio
Published In: May 2001
# of Units: 2 CDs
Length: 2 hours, 30 minutes
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Though it's being marketed as a humorous title--after all, it's unlikely you'll be called upon to land a plane, jump from a motorcycle to a moving car, or win a swordfight--the information contained in The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook is all quite sound. Authors Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht consulted numerous experts in their fields (they're cited at the end of the book) to discover how to survive various and sundry awful events. Parachute doesn't open? Your best bet for survival is to hook your arms through the straps of a fellow jumper's chute--and even then you're likely to dislocate both shoulders and break both legs. Car sinking in water? Open the window immediately to equalize pressure, then open the car door and swim to the surface. Buried in an avalanche? Spit on the snow--it will tell you which direction is really up. Then dig as fast as you can.

Each survival skill is explained in simple steps with helpful illustrations. Most stress the need to be prepared--both mentally and physically. For example, to escape from quicksand, you will need to lay a pole on the surface of the quicksand, flop on your back atop the pole, and pull your legs out one by one. No pole? No luck. "When walking in quicksand country, carry a stout pole--it will help you get out should you need to."

Hopefully you'll never need to know how to build a fire without matches, perform a tracheotomy, or treat a bullet wound. But in the words of survival evasion resistance escape instructor "Mountain" Mel Deweese, "You never know." --Sunny Delaney --

Reviews (3)

i hope the wrong book was downloaded

Written by D. Grigg on August 14th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I downloaded this book, expecting one thing, and found myself listening to a story about Ben Franklin, Santa Claus, and others. Very displeased.

Survive it all

Written by Christopher Tafelski on January 2nd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Too neat, loved the fact that I could possibly survive an avalanche or spin my car or get away from a brown bear. The only bad part was the fact it was too short. It left me wanting more, but I guess a great read does that to you.

Worst-Case Scenario: Survival Handbook [uab]

Written by Matt Hinders on April 10th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This was interesting if not just plain amusing. I personally found it quite funny when instructions were given on how to win a sword fight. But seriously, there were a few situations that I could see myself getting into and these suggestions might help.

Author Details

Author Details

Piven, Joshua

Joshua Piven is the author of 15 books, including the globally bestselling The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series and "As Luck Would Have It". He has appeared on The "Today" Show, "20/20," and the BBC.

Borgenicht, David

David Borgenicht, co-author of the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series, lives in Philadelphia and has so far stayed out of the political arena.