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Mind of a Survivor Audiobook

Mind of a Survivor: What the wild has taught me about survival and success

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Publisher's Summary

Surviving in the wild takes a great deal of strength. Often faced with frozen tundra, sweltering deserts, humid jungles, perilous mountains and fast-flowing rivers, Megan Hine is no stranger to perilous conditions. Whilst leading expeditions and bushcraft survival courses, and in her work on television shows such as Bear Gryll's Mission Survive and Running Wild, she has explored the corners of the globe in pursuit of adventure.

Faced with the toughest of conditions - bad weather, lack of food and being in the presence of predators - is the ultimate test of character, and often the biggest challenge to overcome is in the head. In these situations the human brain is simultaneously the greatest asset and biggest liability. Not everyone is suited to the great outdoors, and when danger calls many aren't as well equipped to survive; no amount of top-of-the-range kit will save you if you don't have the right frame of mind.

Here Megan Hine examines the human ability and instinct for survival, showing us how others have developed the attitudes and attributes to thrive in the most dangerous situations and how those same attitudes and attributes help them confront problems and obstacles at work and at home. Being chased through the jungle by armed opium farm guards, abseiling past bears and lighting fires with tampons - Megan has seen and done it all. In Mind of a Survivor, she takes you along for a series of life-and-death adventures and shows you what happens to people when they are pushed to their limits. Inspirational rather than instructional, Mind of a Survivor examines the human ability and instinct for survival, sharing the life tools that Megan uses and showing how they can as easily be applied to more domestic everyday life - from careers to relationships, from overcoming adversity to decision making.

Filled with Megan's own experiences, Mind of a Survivor is packed full of adventure and can help people survive in any situation and cope with whatever life throws at them.

©2017 Megan Hine (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

What the Critics Say

"This book powerfully uncovers the layers of where people draw strength from in their time of crisis - moving and inspiring." (Bear Grylls)

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    Stephen 10/06/2017
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    "No science but great story"

    Although there is little science in this book, more a collection of Megan's stories feom her short life. but she's already experienced more than most of us will in 100 years and her writing is very thought provoking. amazing book and well worth a read.

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    Daniel Edinburgh, United Kingdom 24/01/2018
    Daniel Edinburgh, United Kingdom 24/01/2018
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    "What are you really capable of?"

    Relistened instantly after it finished, wanderfuel for the ears and soul. Make you wonder who you could be.

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    Richard 14/01/2018
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    " A truly inspiring listen throughout!"

    A truly inspiring listen! Makes you ask questions about yourself. A very candid performance throughout!

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    SteliosM 23/12/2017
    SteliosM 23/12/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Great ideas shared in this book "

    Worth reading and understanding how to deal with multi cultural and multi behavioral situations in a remote location.

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    Dave Pearson Wildest Wales 03/12/2017
    Dave Pearson Wildest Wales 03/12/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "An unusual view of that much-used word- 'survival'"
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    This is a fairly honest look at survival in outdoor pursuits, mostly in very remote terrain. There is a bias towards providing safety for tv film crews whilst filming survival 'gameshows', as this seems to be a big part of Megan's working life, along with leading/instructing. The tv crew stories ('get that footage at almost any cost' is the attitude) left me with an even less favourable view of this kind of tv than before, I'm afraid,though the stories of near-death situations are pretty gripping. As a hill walker for 45 years, I could relate easily to much of her experience in the mountains; even so, some of her stories made me stand still (I listened whilst out walking in the wilds) and utter things out loud like 'WHAT ?' and 'Nooooooooo, surely not ?' Truly fantastic descriptions of unbelievable (for most of us) events where death was only just avoided, and in two or three stories, death could have been avoided had the casualties taken different actions; and all read in a calm, collected way, with Megan's view of how things could have been done differently. I didn't think I'd enjoy this book, there's so much man-based stuff written about 'survival', and speaking as a man, this is an alternative and very enjoyable view of the subject. Being read in the first person, with frank and honest language/descriptions of events, made the book more engaging I think. The story about a woman getting lost on the Appalachian Trail after going for a pee in the bushes will stay with me for a while yet...

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    Dawn 20/11/2017
    Dawn 20/11/2017
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    "Applying the insights"

    I wish this book had been available 20 years ago! Megan offers techniques that can be applied in any survival scenario. For many years I was in a work environment where my self worth was undermined but I became so stuck that I then could not recognise just how bad it was and I couldn't muster the courage to leave. I lacked survival skills!
    I found Megan an inspiration. A woman breaking barriers into a male dominated world, done with self belief and confidence that is rock solid. A huge compliment to her forward thinking parents who allowed and encouraged her to follow her desires and drivers and didn't impose on her the traditional expectations of what girls should do / be.

    Excellent book for women and men alike

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    Paul Sutton 12/11/2017
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    "Different perspective on survival"

    This book has a very different perspective on survival looking more at the psychological elements as opposed to the techniques. Using Megan’s own experiences and other’s, this book touches on team dynamic, human nature and touches on how these behaviours are around us in business and everyday life. A good story overall and hope to see some of the aspirations she mentions come to fruition in future TV shows.

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    Laura 08/11/2017
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    "Genuine and based on her own experiences."

    Really loved this book. Megan provides her readers/listeners with some thought provoking ideas and concepts. Working in the outdoor industry I esspecially liked how Megan spoke about how the film industry and the demands of show viewers shape views and ultimately exoectations about the industry. I also enjoyed that as a reader I was not inundated with statistics but rather a series of experiences by one woman.

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    "Thought provoking, inspiring. "

    Amazing, excellent. I loved it that Megan was the reader. She inspires you to pay more attention to your everyday surroundings and how to stay calm in a crisis. Absolutely loved this book. The stories had me on edge wanting to know the next words and how the stories would unfold, she put me right into the setting with every story and lesson. I could fell myself running alongside her though the jungle being chased by poppy growers, or sitting by the fire watching the lions circle! All while taking her lessons on board and calming the innate fear and adrenaline rush!

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    ady 11/10/2017
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    A very inspiring book with great thought provoking ideas to. use in the future. Thanks

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