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Bear Grylls' Survival Stories

Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (151 ratings)

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Summary

World-renowned adventurer and broadcaster, Bear Grylls, presents some of the most incredible near-death experiences, told by those who lived to tell the tale. These extraordinary and diverse accounts of human bravery, mental and physical strength - and sometimes sheer luck - range from being stranded for more than 50 days at sea, to surviving world-changing acts of terrorism.

Bear contextualises each feat of endurance or bravery by relating them to his own experiences of near-misses and misfortune from his military career and survivalist adventures. Listeners will experience the firsthand retelling of acts of quick thinking and gruelling struggles of those who found themselves in some of the most extreme circumstances imaginable.

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A Bear Necessity!

These are quite inspirational in places and every single one of them made me really think about just how resilient human beings can be. The fact that these are told straight through, I suspect by clever editing of interviews, by the people themselves makes it much more real. Each of them will likely touch most listeners in some way, whether it's the utter horror of what occurred such as actually being in the jaws of a bullhead shark, the sheer flukes of chance that can lead to survival or the devastating after-effects of the events. All of them are impressive stories in their own right that will likely live long in the memory.

The one that will stick with me personally the longest is the story of Aron Ralston, which although you may well have heard it before, is an amazing story of grit and fortitude when most of us would have folded through the loneliness and extremity of what the situation demanded of him to survive. To hear him talk about it is pretty much jaw-dropping stuff and somehow brought it to life in ways that even the well-made film of the events '127 Hours' could not.

Bear Grylls and the production team, almost exclusively let each person tell their own story completely with Bear providing his thoughts on it briefly afterwards. As admirable as his own achievements undoubtedly are this is wise and although they are using his name to 'sell' this the real stars are the individuals and their stories.

Very well worth the time to listen to this.

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Frightening stories of survival

Stories are a little short and each chapter has to be manually loaded, but still a good listen

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Gripping !!!

This was a great listen ! short but detailed in every story . I highly recommend this to anyone !

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A truly stunning piece of amazing real life events

absolutely gripping adventures of real life events completely agree with other reviews and opinions, thanks

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  • J. Lyne
  • Forres, Morayshire United Kingdom
  • 27-06-19

Powerful tales

Simple, powerful and memorable stories told by the survivors. No music or over dubbing. Excellent.

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Interesting and worth a punt.

Hippo story unbelievable as are many of these. Worth a listen. Especially as it’s free. Created some talking points for me. Remarkable events and people.

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  • GavP
  • Scottish Borders
  • 04-06-19

Great stories, but . . .

The stories in this free series are well told by the survivors themselves, though many people will be familiar with reading them elsewhere previously.

The only issue is – and many folk will find this unsurprising – Bear Grylls. He delivers his intro and parting comments (as always) as if talking to a class of five-year-olds. He constantly portrays the genre as if you should almost look forward to being in a survival situation, to test your skills.

That said, he obviously is the big-money brand ambassador for this format and without his boy-scout-on-amphetamine presentation this series may not exist. It's just a shame that this high-octane delivery has become so overused in each one of his and his production team's publications and productions (I presume he is actually capable of talking like a normal person).

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Stories (especially given the fact these are free to members): 5 stars.
Presentation: the Survivors = 5 stars, Bear Grylls = 1 star (Bear, please pay your audience some respect and stop talking to them as primary school children.

. . . if only Ray Mears or Paul Kirtley could replace Bear Grylls, it would be 5 stars across the board!

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Emotional and Inspiring!

These are very emotional stories and made my eyes Water on numerous occasions but aside from listening to their devastating experiences , the survivers and Bear himself conclude each episode with a positive and uplifting look at the human bodies miraculous tenacity and will to stay alive. I would highly recommend taking a listen yourself. Simply incredible and inspiring.

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Over produced

Stories were interesting but the repetition and length of intros was irritating if you listen to more than one

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Loved it!

Short stories told form the people who it happened to. Lesson is, stay at home and watch TV 😁

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