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Ray Mears is a household name through his television series Tracks, World of Survival, Bushcraft Survival, The Real Heroes of Telemark, and many more.

He is a private individual who shuns publicity whenever possible and would prefer to let his many skills tell their own tale - until now.

In My Outdoor Life, Ray tells of his childhood and the formative years when he first developed a passion for both bushcraft and the martial arts skills that are central to his life. Having travelled the world several times over, he is no stranger to risk and has had more than his fair share of dangerous and life-threatening encounters to share with his listeners. But his life is so much more than a tale of derring-do. Shortly after he returned to England having narrowly survived a serious helicopter crash, his father died. Just a year later, he had to face the death of his first wife, Rachel. The book conveys the many sides of Ray Mears, taking us up to the present day - including the previously untold story of his involvement in the man-hunt for murderer Raoul Moat. My Outdoor Life gives us all a chance to share a life story as rich and as inspirational as a walk in woods with the man himself, Ray Mears.

©2013 Ray Mears (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton

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"Moving...gripping...The rather old-fashioned qualities he admires in others: fortitude, understatedness, loyalty, above all stoicism, are the same ones we admire in him. Long may he survive." ( Daily Mail)

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Great book ... But

I really did enjoy this book as I have followed Ray on the television for many years. However, I would really have appreciated it if he had read the book himself and The description really should have pointed out that he only actually reads the introduction

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Narration not by yours truly

Review lost one star alone simply for this book not being narrated by Ray Mears.. what a let down! Would've held more attention if that were the case.
Still, bitching aside, enjoyed the book and finding out things about Ray that would never have come across whilst watching one of his shows (and learning a few things things about bushcraft too).

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Disappointed

I feel that after watching many Ray Mears programme he has a gift for speak to people and not just at them. Unfortunately, he only speaks for about 5% of this book and the narrator is simple talking his words.

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Ray only reads the intro, what a swindle.

Ray doesn't narrate so what's the point in listening? Any chance of a refund?

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Dull don't do this and drive

Narrator makes a big difference but couldn't stand this one out me to sleep wasted a credit

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Humble man with an amazing story

Absolutely tremendous listening.

His links to one of the masters of judo, through to his journeys around the world, along with the amazing people he has met, makes this audiobook enthralling.

Buy it, download and enjoy. You will not be disappointed.

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better with Ray

would have been better if Ray performed the book. The orator was a bit cheesy.

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A decent surprise.

When I selected this book I was already a Ray Mears fan but after listening to his story I will forever be on the watch for a new story from this man. Understanding the world around us is our main responsibility in the life we have and Ray has made the most of his years on this Earth. Riveting and full of practical advice.

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Outstanding.

I've just started my journey into audible books and I couldn't have started with a better one. I grew up watching Ray Mears and his multitude of adventures and knowledge. It was nice to hear about the man behind the scenes and his views on wildlife and it's management. would highly recommend if your as fond of bushcraft and ofcorse Ray Mears as I am.

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Easy listening

I’m lucky to drive for a living and this book was an easy one sitting job(with short breaks) I was already a Ray Mears fan but that would not have mattered, great easy listen with plenty of global stories and lots of insight to Rays motivation and passions.

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  • Jonathan Cothran
  • 31-05-17

Great book for the adventurer in us all!

This book will feed the adventurer in you. Ray tells his story quite captivatingly with great detail.

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  • Mark
  • 14-05-15

A wonderful experience!

An Excellent book, moving and inspirational. A tad slow in the middle but overall very very good. Highly recommended for anyone interested in Ray or the great outdoors.

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  • Kodzo
  • 05-03-21

Nothing to learn

I got half way through before I remembered I don't have to finish listening to a book I really don't like. Had to speed up the content to get through.

The word "My" in the title sums up the problem I had with this book. The style made me feel like listening to a person who makes every part of a conversation about themselves. There's no room for a reader this this autobiography. I prefer books that invite me to learn something new.

I thought this book would have tips on the outdoor life. But sadly none exist. I thought I'd see an arc in his life that I could learn from, but if you listen to him, he's been brilliant since day one. Chapter after chapter contained the author bragging, name dropping, and criticizing any outdoorsman who doesn't do life in the same way he does. He repeatedly says, "I'm not being pompous when I say...." or "I'm humble when I ..." and the sentence closer is neither of those two things.

I can only recommend this book to people who are fans of Ray Mears. Especially those who want to sit across the table listening to how amazing he is and always has been.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-12-20

More than what camera sees

I just finished this audio and glad I spent the credit. It hit home with me, just a simple concept, love for the outdoors. Why do we lose that sense of adventure, why is it not enough to separate from our electronics and simply be still in the outdoors? I’m not much of a “name” person. My wife got mad when we saw our dentist at a store and said “hello Darren”. After parting she said that’s “Doctor Thomas”
I laughed and said “he pays me because he doesn’t know what to do when his roof leaks”
We are all VERY good at things and less at others. It’s people like Ray that I think I could easily have a beer with and never he him say
“Tv show this, or documentary series that”
That’s the way it’s told because I think that’s the way I think he is.”

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  • Joshawa skaggs
  • 16-01-20

first of many I will listen to.

this book was very entertaining I will more than likely listen to it again it has been with me for several months and I've enjoyed each time listening to it the speaker / reader was very spot on with the way the writer would have read the book to us. I give it a 10 * 2 thumbs up I enjoyed the book and the reader

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-07-19

Great stuff

great narration loved the book will listen again didn't want it to end at all

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  • taw
  • 09-06-19

A Sure Joy For Any Fan.

Love this guy. The autobiography is humble and direct, unpolished in a way that would turn literary noses up, no doubt. But, even where Mears might come across as naive, or to have put an overly-positive gloss on what was clearly an awful experience, it is always done honestly--a product of his personal philosophies--and is honourable and endearing in effect.

What an amazing life to have been carried away by.

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  • James Blake
  • 06-05-19

What an amazing story from an amazing person

Ray’s outlook on life, as well as his guiding beliefs, really come through in this book. His views on respect for indigenous people and their wisdom, loyalty and truth are something we should all aspire to. I’ve watched almost all of his TV productions, but this book really dives deeper in Ray and his ethos.

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  • Wapsi Willy
  • 10-03-19

I feel a close connection to Ray though we have never met

From the love of canoe travel, our view of being in the woods not to conquer but to be a part of the woods, to losing a wife and the struggles that one must go through afterwards. This book helped to keep up my sense of adventure and to tears as it awaken feelings I had somewhat buried. I could not stop listening and did not want it to end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-08-18

He's my hero!

Very nice to get a substantial background into a man who will undoubtedly go down, along with the early pioneers whom he has studied, as one of the greatest woodsman in history.