Inspired by over 25 years of practicing and teaching bushcraft throughout North America, survival instructor Tony Nester recounts backcountry tales of nomadic adventures using traditional skills that have faded from the modern world.
Laced with humor, insight, and nerve-wracking encounters with wildlife, sandstorms, flash floods, brutal cold, and unpredictable clients, Life Under Open Skies reveals a rare look into the often misunderstood world of survival. Chapters include:
Bare Bones Survival
Survival Is All in Your Perspective
A Five Scorpion Night
The Cave Where Tom Lived
A Tale of Two Countries
Nightmare on Elm Creek
A Real Man
Gift of the Deer
The Amazing Cowpie Firestarting Technique
Three Dog Night
When Yucca Was King
Al Sieber: Master of Bushcraft
The Schism Between Worlds
About the author: Tony Nester is the author of numerous books and DVDs on survival. His school, Ancient Pathways, is the primary provider of survival training for the military Special Operations community, and he has served as a consultant for the NTSB, FAA, Travel Channel, NY Times, Backpacker Magazine, and the film Into the Wild. For years he wrote a popular monthly column for Outside Magazine, and his freelance writing is frequently featured in numerous print publications.
©2015 Tony Nester (P)2015 Tony Nester
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Interested in survival? Read this book. It's a behind-the-scenes look at a real survivalist, that starts with his experiences in boy scouts, and chronicles a lifetime of living in nature with minimal gear. It's not all sunshine and rainbows, but it's real and raw. The narrator did a great job with it. I received this book,as a gift, in exchange for an honest review.
"Far more than just a how-to manual"
I was delighted to receive this book as a gift!
This book was great fun and a bit of a reminisce. Developing (un)common sense and learning what to expect and how to overcome and continue to learn is an invaluable asset to all. The author cheerfully recounts some of his many mistakes in the hope that some readers will not find the need to repeat them. Despite it's definite entertainment level, this book provides much useful knowledge for historical re-enactors, SHTFers, and the usual batch of enthusiastic campers. The tale begins in Michigan and spends much time in the desert southwest with some experiences in Central America. It also seems to be the teaser to get readers involved in the activities as well as an intro to other books he has written on the subject. This is a good thing. Whether the reader is an active camper or of the armchair variety, fun will be had and (un)common sense stimulated!
Narrator Jack is educational where needed, droll where indicated, and generally seems to have had as much fun narrating as we have in listening.
"I love, love, loved this story!"
I enjoyed every minute of "Life Under Open Skies." It was fantastic. I live in a rural-ish area and I sat outside under the stars with a blanket and listened which really made me think about the story and what it would take to survive in harsh conditions.
The canyon flood in the story was frightening and I loved the 'Five Scorpion Night' chapter. Another thing I really liked about this book was closer to the end where it talked about buckskin. First, I love venison and second, I LOVE buckskin.
This audiobook is about what it really takes to survive. It's not staged with props. It's the real deal. I hope Tony Nester writes more books in this vein. It was really enjoyable and had my attention right away.
While listening, I had to frequently remind myself that Jack Chekijian was reading Tony Nester's book. This was another example of author/narrator being a terrific match. It was perfect.
Audiobook received in exchange for an honest review.
This is a good book to listen to about survival at it's most basic.
When the author told us the truth about eating cactus. I don't think I would ever want to try that. I just thought good to know.
Tony the author tells us about many adventures in the outback of North America. I guess I had a more romantic view of how one could survive in our wild lands. Tony most differently had changed my mind. I do how ever believe that more America's should learn to be able to live without a grocery store from week to week. After listening to the book. I keep thinking about what would people do if they were without the comforts of city life. So I will say this by listening to Tony's book you will pick up some ideas of what to do and not to for survival. I felt that the author's true goal was to tell his story and inform the listener to the truth of the great out doors adventure.
Adventures in Bushcraft
Jack Chekijian has a great voice for this type of audio book. I have listened to many of his books that he has narrated and he always delivers and clear and easy to listen to voice. I received this audio book in exchange for a review.
This book is an eye opener about adventures in the wilderness and how to survive them. This is a short non fiction and I even learned several things. One of the most important things I learned is if there is no water, you can't eat (unless it's apples) without making you more dehydrated. I didn't know that. While the book is quite good, I didn't love it.
The author, Tony Nester does a great job on his story of survival during his adventures. The narrators, Jack Chekijian did an awesome job delivery this book to us.
*** I received this audio book as a gift in exchange for a honest and unbiased review of my thoughts on it. These are my own words and my own opinion. ***
"Life under open skies"
This was a good book filled with anecdotes. I read this at the goodt time for the coming year This book has encouraged me to go outdoors and explore the forests near my home next spring.
just flat enjoyed your book look forward to reading your next book bye for now
This was the first Bushcraft book I've listened to that the author was an obvious pro/ teacher.
Most other good books are instructionals, this is his story of his growing up and as a teacher in Bushcraft and survival.
His moving to Arizona and the experiences there.
No reactions like that in the book.
This is the third audio book I listened to and the first worth spending the time. Follow him on Y-Tube.
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