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Mind of a Survivor

What the wild has taught me about survival and success
Narrated by: Megan Hine
Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (152 ratings)
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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

Critic reviews

"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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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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Inspirational

This book is so inspiring it has definitely gave me a lot to think about,

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Interesting very talented lady

interesting insight into the survival world , human emotions and behaviour, a thought provoking account by a very knowledgeable lady. well done. look forward to your next book.

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Great Survival Education

Really enjoyed the accounts of survival situations. The skills behind the survival shows. A very good listen.

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Interesting, thought provoking <br />

Adventure and exploration take over my life to such an extent that I live a very different life to my female colleagues, friends and family which sometimes makes me feel quite lonely and isolated from normal things. I would listen to Megan and really identify with things she described which instantly made me feel stronger and realise I do have a quiet but strong character. She's brilliant.

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Loved it!

This book is brilliant and I learned so much from it! It is so much more than just some survival tips, you can really feel the passion Megan has for what she does and how professional she is about it.

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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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A truly inspiring listen throughout!

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

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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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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...