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Summary

Bear Grylls is a man who has always sought the ultimate in adventure. Growing up on the Isle of Wight, he was taught by his father to sail and climb at an early age. As a teenager he found identity and purpose through both mountaineering and martial arts, which led the young adventurer to the foothills of the mighty Himalaya and a grandmaster's karate training camp in Japan. On returning home, he embarked upon the notoriously gruelling selection course for the British Special Forces to join 21 SAS - a journey that was to push him to the very limits of physical and mental endurance. Then, in a horrific free-fall parachuting accident, Bear broke his back in three places. It was touch and go whether he would ever walk again. However, only eighteen months later Bear became one of the youngest ever climbers to scale Everest, aged only 23. But this was just the beginning of his many extraordinary adventures . . .Known and admired by millions, Bear Grylls has survived where few would dare to go. Now, for the first time, Bear tells the story of his action-packed life.

Gripping, moving and wildly exhilarating, Mud, Sweat and Tears is a must-read for adrenalin junkies and armchair adventurers alike. Narrated by Tom Patrick Stephens, who Bear approved himself (since he was off adventuring!)

©2011 Bear Grylls (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

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What a trooper

Great read. The book focuses on his training and the climb. One very lucky guy that I can relate to in the back injury department. Its still an incredible journey in the short time this book goes on for and it leaves you wanting more. Better go watch some Man Vs wild now.

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I love this guy

Listened to the whole book in a day. The bloke is amazing and his book was a joy.

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  • Greg
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 01-06-12

The best

This is the best autobiography I have ever read. Well written and narrated. Excellent, compelling.

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amazing

really good insight into bears life, i really enjoyed the climbing everest part, and hearing what the sas selection process was like

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Fantastic book.

i loved this book, narrator was good too.. A must read. brilliant thank you. Wendy

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  • Katy Green
  • Crawley, West Sussex England
  • 20-06-18

fabulous and insightful

Loved it. Interesting to see things from his point of view and learn about the man that inspires so many.

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Great story bad writing

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Maybe Interesting story but terribly paced and wrote.

Any additional comments?

The fact there's 100+ small chapter's made it hard to read as there was no narrative.

I found he tooted his own horn allot especially towards the end which made it irritating to read.

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Decent story .. motivating .. cool bloke

What did you like most about Mud, Sweat and Tears?

I liked the story and it's motivated me to go and climb some mountains

What did you like best about this story?

The sas training part

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Superb

Very well read, and a very motivating, humble and encapsulating story. If you already like bear before reading this you’ll love him afterwards.

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great

loved this book . great story amd i couldnt put it down . narrator was easy to listen to

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  • Lincoln
  • 13-09-12

Inspirational

What did you love best about Mud, Sweat and Tears?

Bear Grylls is human he just tries harder and never gives up.
A completely honest and inspirational listen.

Which scene was your favorite?

Climbing Everest. Always thought it was something that I might want to do. It no longer is.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This book made me late for work many times as I sat in my car not wanting to stop the adventure.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-03-18

What an original human being.

Amazing story.. ..just Got totally lost in the timeframe.....and then it was over...darn.
I love this guy.. .

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  • Vijayakumar
  • 20-08-17

good one

if u like adventures, I'm sure u will love this.
superbly narrated.packed with interesting moments and incidents. really enjoyed it. thanks audible.😀

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  • James Cox
  • 02-06-15

Exciting and enjoyable

The book has had me gripped for the past week. I've not wanted to stop listening to it at all.

Its read very well and not like a robot.

If you like adventure, outdoors and exploring, I recommend this to you.

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  • Tobias
  • 26-09-14

Inspiring and captivating

Where does Mud, Sweat and Tears rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I was skeptical about audiobooks in general at first, but after listening to this I was pleasently surprised. The narrator does an excellent job in bringing the words to life and the story is both very captivating and inspiring.

Who was your favorite character and why?

As a biography is goes without saying that my favorite character was Bear himself.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite moment was during SAS selection. Because I listened to the book while running, it inspired me to push myself a little further.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It's funny to get an insight in the number of adventures, big and small, that Bear has been involved in. You can't help but chuckle and think: "what a lovable idiot"

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  • Kristoffer
  • 21-03-14

Better than I would have thought

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Its quite good simple entertainment.

What about Tom Patrick Stephens’s performance did you like?

He did quite well.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not so much - it is a fairly simple book, and while its a good story it lacks the level to become really inspirational.

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  • David K.
  • 10-04-13

Transparent – Honest – Inspiring!

The narration is exceptional and perfectly suitable to the content.

The content itself is transparent, honest and inspiring.

Without question, a must listen!

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  • Jason
  • 04-02-13

Great read!

Would you listen to Mud, Sweat and Tears again? Why?

No, Once you know the story I don't feel the need?

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mud, Sweat and Tears?

His summit of Everest and what he overcame.

What about Tom Patrick Stephens’s performance did you like?

He sounded similar to Bear, so it was as if he was talking.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

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  • Scott
  • 13-01-13

Mud, Sweat and Tears.. Great name for a title.

What did you love best about Mud, Sweat and Tears?

Bears honesty, humbleness and determination.

Any additional comments?

This is a great book for anybody, the underlying key principles told in the book can be applied to anybody with any situation. I highly recommend it.. To the point that this is the first review I have ever written an I've been an Audible member for nearly two years. Give this book a go!

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  • Chris
  • 06-08-12

Bear is what legends are made of

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes!
Such a great positive life journey, this is one of the best autobiography's i have ever read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bear!

Have you listened to any of Tom Patrick Stephens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but he sounds like Bear so made listening to it feel very much like it was Bear speaking himself.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. Over several days while i drive my truck.

Any additional comments?

Worth listening too, absolutely!