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Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld survived a plane crash that killed twenty-two people and left him with several life-threatening injuries, moving on to become one of the world's greatest competitive skydivers. Listeners will be enthralled by Brodsky-Chenfeld's story of perseverance and exhilarating descriptions of skydiving, ably performed with a cool nonchalance by Nicholas Tecosky, which provides a nice contrast that allows Above All Else to build its suspense naturally. Brodsky-Chenfeld also shows how to apply the lessons he's learned to everyday life, making Above All Else an inspiring and well-rounded listen.

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World-famous competitive skydiver and coach Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld presents proven tools and techniques for success and explains how they can be used in everyday life. Dan survived a plane crash from which 16 of the 22 people on board were killed. He was left critically injured and woke up from a six-week-long coma with a broken neck, broken skull, severe head trauma, a collapsed lung, and other serious internal injuries. Against all odds, Dan recovered and went on to become one of the greatest competitive skydiver in the world. With the love and support of friends and family, Dan was able not only to resurrect his life but return to skydiving to achieve greater heights than he could have ever imagined. His techniques and methods for excelling are applicable to all people, no matter their goals.

Dan uses his experiences to teach the lessons he's learned - as a competitor, coach, business owner, father, and husband - to help others achieve their dreams, overcome obstacles, and reach their peak performance.

©2011 Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Greg Bush
  • 22-07-21

Best Skydiving book out there!

This book was life changing for me. When I first found skydiving, the first recommendation that I received was to read this book. Once I started listening, I could not stop. The first part of the book about the accident was captivating. The second part though is what changed everything. I had no idea there was such a thing as competitive skydiving. His tools and tips for success are what have guided me in my pursuit of high level formation skydiving.
Thanks Dan for your passion for sharing this with the next generation of skydivers (especially for those of us who found this later in life).

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  • Andrew Hampton
  • 16-07-21

Passion and will power 🔋

As a skydiver this was an inspirational account of some harrowing experience including near-death. The second portion of the book was a solid read also and applicable to so many situations. Bravo!

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  • CORY GRAY
  • 23-09-20

Excellent book

What an amazing example of what determination and perseverance can accomplish! I enjoyed listening to this book!

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  • VictoRodrigues
  • 16-04-20

Brilliantly written

It’s easily a 5 star, for its simplicity and coherent way of relating skydiving experience to success. I relate to most descriptions as I have committed to skydiving. As I was listening I did apply some recommendations to my team, oh boy, they work. I’m having a second go.
I highly recommend this book to all who are stuck Just short of achieving success/goals; in any field.

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  • Noel Damouny
  • 26-10-15

A must read!

For those who don't know who Dan is.. he is one of the only 5 survivors from plane crash that killed 17 of 22 skydivers aboard. Body broken, was in a coma for six weeks and in hospitals for many months more. No one but him EVER considered that he may one day jump again. Jump again? he became a world-class skydiving champion!! :)
At first, I expected an exciting story about Dan, about skydiving and competing, and maybe some advises on 4-way skydiving competition... BUT No! That wasn't just it!!
No one alive could read this book and come to the finish as the same person. It is a book about determination, courage, and intensity that all will appreciate and benefit from. The second part of the book is a brief that can apply in life or in business or any profession. Dan packages the lessons learned in his life into ideas and rules that can work for anyone who cares to go beyond normality.
"Above All Else" is a must read; not just once, but over and over. I highly recommend it. Thank you Dan for sharing your story with the world!

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  • Angus M. Dorbie
  • 30-08-15

Inspirational and motivational

This is both an amazing story and some of the most effective motivational coaching you will encounter from a true world class coach and champion.

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  • Chris Houston
  • 08-05-17

feel ripped off...

I guess it's my fault for not doing more research, but I wasn't expecting the second half to be a self help book, which I have zero interest in

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  • 03-11-16

Inspirational, Educational, & Perspective Building

I really enjoyed every word! What a strong story of commitment and unwavering belief in the human spirit. Aspiring for that extra kick in the rear to take action? Look no further!:)