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My Outdoor Life Audiobook

My Outdoor Life

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Publisher's Summary

Ray Mears is a household name through his television series Tracks, World of Survival, Bushcraft Survival, The Real Heroes of Telemark, and many more.

He is a private individual who shuns publicity whenever possible and would prefer to let his many skills tell their own tale - until now.

In My Outdoor Life, Ray tells of his childhood and the formative years when he first developed a passion for both bushcraft and the martial arts skills that are central to his life. Having travelled the world several times over, he is no stranger to risk and has had more than his fair share of dangerous and life-threatening encounters to share with his listeners. But his life is so much more than a tale of derring-do. Shortly after he returned to England having narrowly survived a serious helicopter crash, his father died. Just a year later, he had to face the death of his first wife, Rachel. The book conveys the many sides of Ray Mears, taking us up to the present day - including the previously untold story of his involvement in the man-hunt for murderer Raoul Moat. My Outdoor Life gives us all a chance to share a life story as rich and as inspirational as a walk in woods with the man himself, Ray Mears.

©2013 Ray Mears (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton

What the Critics Say

"Moving...gripping...The rather old-fashioned qualities he admires in others: fortitude, understatedness, loyalty, above all stoicism, are the same ones we admire in him. Long may he survive." (Daily Mail)

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    Mike D. 28/02/2016
    Mike D. 28/02/2016

    Listening to audiobooks while taking wildlife photos. Instagram: @mikedicksonwildlife

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    "Humble man with an amazing story"

    Absolutely tremendous listening.

    His links to one of the masters of judo, through to his journeys around the world, along with the amazing people he has met, makes this audiobook enthralling.

    Buy it, download and enjoy. You will not be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew PLYMOUTH, United Kingdom 29/09/2016
    Matthew PLYMOUTH, United Kingdom 29/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book ... But"

    I really did enjoy this book as I have followed Ray on the television for many years. However, I would really have appreciated it if he had read the book himself and The description really should have pointed out that he only actually reads the introduction

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr P Durkin 22/06/2015
    Mr P Durkin 22/06/2015
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    "I liked Ray more before i listened to this"
    Would you try another book written by Ray Mears or narrated by Ray Mears and Simon Shepherd ?

    never say never


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ray Mears? Why or why not?

    I really like this guy on TV and he is obviously very skilled but this book may have put me off


    What three words best describe Ray Mears and Simon Shepherd ’s performance?

    well read but..


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dr S. 09/12/2016
    Dr S. 09/12/2016
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    "Fascinating. Impressive. But not a warm man."

    I loved the first half of this book. I liked the rest. It is a remarkable life, a remarkable man. If you have a deep affinity for the wild you will find an immense amount to like in this book. Mears makes you feel personally inadequate in so many ways but he's also a kindred spirit. He tries to be humble but it is through gritted metaphorical teeth as he is deeply proud of his singleminded autodidactical achievements. He does crow while deprecating those who big themselves up without the true expertise that he has earned . A fascinating complex man, surely Aspie to the core, but with enough intelligence and humanity to connect to this inadequate human specimen! I'd hugely commend this experience and like several others would have much preferred to hear the great man himself deliver his novel-length bushcraft lecture.

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    andrewwiltshire.aw 06/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "great look in to Ray Mars life how he started out "

    wicked look in to how he made his life, gets you really interested and keeps you that way the whole way through

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    Mr H. 16/09/2016
    Mr H. 16/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding !!"

    Ray Mears is the father of UK Bushcraft and if that's what you are interested in this is your audiobook, it's a fantastic journey he takes you on through his life and times, I may even listen to it a second time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yazzie 24/07/2016
    Yazzie 24/07/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Ray Myers an exceptional and unique eoodsma"

    well written and structured book. Ray Myers is truly at the top of his game and I look forward to seeing him on the t.v. A truly remarkable man.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Müller Berlin 26/06/2016
    Benjamin Müller Berlin 26/06/2016

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    "Fantastic book."

    Very interesting spoken and I love that Ray Mars is speaking it himself. Very interesting live he had.

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    001 18/04/2016
    001 18/04/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic"

    Presenting his life story, Ray Mears gives am informative introduction him self. It was nice to hear his voice at the beginning. It's a shame he did not narrate the audio book in it's entirety - of course I'm sure there are reasons for this. Now the Narrator was superb and one gets the impression they have studied Rays vocals to the letter. I found my self hearing Rays voice in place of the narrator.

    I'm 2/3 of the way through and it's brilliant to gain an insight to the vanishing indigenous peoples of the world and many a high tale is told.

    a great book can't recommend highly enough.

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Bourne, United Kingdom 05/11/2015
    Andy Bourne, United Kingdom 05/11/2015 Member Since 2010
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    "Not narrated by Ray"

    Despite Ray Mears being listed as co-narrator, he only provides 2 minutes of introduction.

    If, like me, you prefer books narrated by the author, you will be disappointed.

    Having said that, it's a well written book and well read. Good insight into a very interesting life. Written in Ray's unique style (sometimes comes over a touch arrogant), which may not be to everyone's taste, but fans as myself will enjoy immensely.

    Well worth a listen.

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  • Mark
    14/05/15
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    "A wonderful experience!"

    An Excellent book, moving and inspirational. A tad slow in the middle but overall very very good. Highly recommended for anyone interested in Ray or the great outdoors.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Josiah
    08/10/15
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    "Inspiring"

    Mears is my out doors idol. I love his attitude toward life, nature, and different cultures and practises. He is an experienced man and an excellent story teller. I recommend him to anyone interested in Bush craft skills

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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