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Hawke's Green Beret Survival Manual

Essential Strategies For: Shelter and Water, Food and Fire, Tools and Medicine, Navigation and Signa
Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
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Green Beret and outdoor survival expert Mykel Hawke provides the most practical and accessible survival skills and information necessary for anyone to survive an unexpected situation in the outdoors. These are the most tried-and-true methods based on Hawke’s 25-year career as a captain in the US Army Green Berets, founder of the survival training company Spec Ops Inc, and popular survival expert on a wide range of television shows. Geared to the untrained civilian, Hawke provides essential and easy-to-apply information on shelter, water, fire, food, survival psychology, first aid, tools, navigation, signaling, and basic natural phenomena. Hawke’s Green Beret Survival Manual gives every listener the tools necessary to survive the worst imaginable circumstance and make it out alive.

©2009 Mykel Hawke (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Aaagh narrator

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Mike Hawke should have read this - he has a great voice. Why they decided to use this narrator is beyond me - well, try the sample///

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Essentially The Best Survival Book Out There.

Just a short review to say this book is one of my favourites, and trust me I've had lots of survival manuals.

Narration is clear and precise in telling how to do or find things.

If you want survival knowledge then I would really recommend this book. I got the paperback edition as well as the electronic version.

pros everything you need to know.

cons electronic version on audible has the chapters mixed up for instance, chapter 5 is chapter 3 but not a problem.

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  • Tony De La Rosa
  • 08-08-15

Great content, brutal to get through the narration

Solid content, more detailed than some other books of this kind, particularly in the first aide/medical section. With respect, I personally had a hard time with the narrators voice, it reminds me of Froggy from the Little Rascals, so it was comical at times, almost annoying at others. I did know what I was getting into as I always listen to the sample before buying, but a minute sample vs an entire book taught me a good lesson.

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  • Mark
  • 10-12-14

Narration is awful

What disappointed you about Hawke's Green Beret Survival Manual?

The narration makes the experience of listening to this book virtually unbearable. Why did the author not read it himself? The content is good but, the narration is painful.

If you’ve listened to books by Mykel Hawke before, how does this one compare?

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What didn’t you like about Vikas Adam’s performance?

His attempt at "laughing" when adding emphasis was truly terrible. He also seemed to be forcing himself to talk in a somewhat gravely tone the entire time. Very awful.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointing considering the author is so well spoken live. He should have read his own book.

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  • Alan
  • 02-02-17

Essential survival info

Very good resource for novice survivalist in a variety of emergency situations. Highly recommended for your library

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  • Brian
  • 31-07-14

5 Stars! I listen every day 'The Survival Bible!

Where does Hawke's Green Beret Survival Manual rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Ranks #1 Hawke's Survival Bible has every single thing anyone needs to know on the topic of Survival from day one, what to look for on the net or in stores in the way of gear. A shopping list for every thing you Need, May be nice to have, and how to know if it's good, How to pack it, Where to keep it, and details of 'How to', prepare, do, use, and care for it all. Hawke even tells you how to skip it all, and leaves out nothing, while adding no fluff.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hawke's Green Beret Survival Manual?

In the first chapter as he repeats again and again that one need not spend a dime on gadgets and gear, since when stuff starts splatting against the fan blades, you will likely be in the bathroom at church, so you won't have a chance to get your hands on any of it. Just to be sure you always have your Will to Survive.
Though his personal account of his life growing up, his first years in Survival Training, was surprising and candid.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I wish Hawke could have did the narration himself, though after the first or second chapter, the Narrator began to settle into the role, I think.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Well there was chapter 1 then there was chapter 2, Oh! and chapter 3, this isn't True at first light or some other Hemingway story, but every chapter caused me to stop what I was doing and go do something and this is still happening as of today, more than 40 days after I first began listening to it. Hawke explains things so clearly it may have not been needed, but I was 'moved', to go and anchor his tips and advice into my self so that I could own it!

Any additional comments?

Anyone interested in this book, for what ever reason, need really only be sure to do one thing. Get this book laminated, and get this audio version next to your bed so you can listen to it as you fall to sleep, have it in your car so you can listen to it instead of the local history station on the daily commute and then get a good nights rest, because you can forget all the gadgets and expensive gear, as long as you have Hawke's Bible and a will to make it through no matter what, you have all you must have to survive.

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  • gdiggles
  • 26-10-15

Very In-depth

This book was incredibly in-depth. I had no idea what I was getting into and remember thinking "how can this book be over 15 hours long?" After listening to the book I realize how many dynamics are involved when in a survival situation. Many of which I've never considered.

Hawke does a great job of going over as many scenarios as possible with clear communication on what to do and how to prioritize tasks to liven your spirits and manage caloric intake. He covers pretty much every food scenario and even discusses uncommon topics such as whether or not to eat the deceased.

The narrator is tough to listen too at first and the book is quite long. A little too over the top with the "hardened soldier" tone, but you get used to it after awhile to the point that I stopped noticing.

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  • Bean
  • 07-01-20

Maybe next time read first.

I love the book, but the narrator has no idea what he's reading. Acronyms are treated as words that is the point, but sometimes as in POW one is spelled out. Otherwise awesome book, full of lifesaving information and instructions.

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  • Papa175
  • 03-02-19

Better than expected

I wasn’t sure about the ability to relay pertinent details via audio but I was pleasantly surprised by his ability to do it. Wasn’t real fond of the narrators voice but each to his own. I may buy the paperback to check out the references materials/charts/etc. I enjoyed the info. And he had my kind of humor.

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  • Daniel Wallace
  • 14-11-18

Great book

Great boon full of useful info and ideas. It is a very practical and real book with no bs. I would recommend to anyone especially beginners.

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  • nononsense1187
  • 24-10-18

Incesible information, narration almost ruins it.

I found the information in this book to be absolutely amazing. I love how Hawke clearly states that this is for the “everyman” not the trained professional. I absolutely loved the book and am going through for the second time. Maybe I had gotten spoiled by a few good narrators that this was almost frustrating at times. Nonetheless, the information was just what I was looking for and one of the best I’ve listened to so far.

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  • Jo Dewey
  • 27-06-18

loved it

You wanted the Best, Really just a no BS survival book. Didn't try to sell me anything, but really learned a lot.