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How to Survive

Lessons for Everyday Life from the Extreme World
Narrated by: John Hudson
Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
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What is the connection between crawling through a jungle and your ‘to do’ list? What can ejecting out of a stealth bomber teach you about the importance of thinking the worst? What can surviving in extreme situations teach us about surviving everyday life?

John Hudson, chief survival instructor to the British military, knows what it takes to survive. Combining firsthand experience with 20 years of studying the choices people have made under the most extreme pressure, How to Survive is a lifetime’s worth of wisdom about how to apply the principles of survival to everyday life. The cornerstone of military survival (surviving anything) is understanding the relationship between effort, hope and goals - a mind-set that can be transposed anytime, anywhere. In How to Survive you will learn how this template for survival can be applied to any situation in your everyday life.

Through gripping firsthand accounts of near disaster and survival stories from across the extreme world, you will learn that by following these principles you can develop the mind-set that will allow you to make better decisions under pressure, which are as equally applicable to first dates and presentations as to climbing Everest and getting lost at sea.

©2019 John Hudson (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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"When it comes to survival and getting out of trouble, listen to this man. John is the real deal." (Levison Wood)

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Absolutely Brilliant

Even as I was listening to the first few chapters I was putting plans into place to use this brilliant book to make me more productive in all aspects of my life.
This book is full of inspiring stories, but John’s brilliance is where he has dissected them and told us how we can easily use the skills in every day life!
Without wishing to sound cliché this book will change how I run many aspects of my life!
Fantastically read by the author.
I have no intention of living off monkeys bums!

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Mega!!

Amazing tales of survival and hardship in some of the most extreme environments as well as help, information, tips and pointers of how the knowledge gained in a survival situation can be used in managing our every day lives. I wouldn't categorise it as a self help book as such but it certainly has an element of that. Overall really well read. Sometimes when the authors choose to read the book instead of opting for a professional narrator it goes tits up and it's a struggle to listen to an otherwise brilliant book...not this time. John comes across well in this audiobook. would love him write a more biographical book. Think that would be Awesome.

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Fascinating and relevant

A great read (listen). John Hudson gives fascinating insight into the world and psychology of survival. Naturally enthusiastic, the audio book is entertaining and well-paced. Highly recommended *****

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Fantastic book,

Fantastic book well worth the read, and worth reading again to get the most from it. JH combines events that has happened and makes them relevent to every day life, Thank you

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An inspiration to plan ahead and stay focused

Excellent book highly recommended. John reads this clearly with added humour. Full of useful information attached to true accounts of adversity ,the psychology behind the situation with a means of applying it to daily life. I like the fact its not like other survival instruction books but more of a thinking mans book. Mental stamina, gaining knowledge and self preparedness which is key to any survival situation. This looks at survival from many angles and a book you can keep referring back too and making notes from. Thank you John.

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Best book I have listened to on Audible

One word describes this book ... BRILLIANT!! Easily one of the best books I have listened to ... A must buy !!!

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Surprisingly Relevant to everyday life

This is an excellent book by John Hudson and surprisingly relevant to everyday life. There was so much I learned about us as human beings and how we react to our environment. We learn about how other living creatures have adapted to their surroundings and things we can learn from that too. Even if you hardly ever venture outdoors there is an amazing amount to learn which can be applied to our more sedentary lifestyles.

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excellent

The book also discusses how to apply the survival principles in mundane life as well as emergency situations and alot more.. it also covers true survival stories that went wrong & right. The way this book is narrated * is clever * it is done in a way to break down the information as stories, so it sinks in. Very entertaining.

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Brilliant

Great example stories and tips to you better yourself.
Then again the author a legend!

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Entertaining and informative

This is an interesting book although I think it may work better in print than the audio version. I enjoyed the scenarios the author describes and some of the ‘real world’ lessons we can take from survival stories. The story is clearly delivered so overall, well worth a listen.

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