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My Outdoor Life

By: Ray Mears
Narrated by: Ray Mears, Simon Shepherd
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
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Summary

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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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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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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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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great insight

Good insight to the man that i idolised as a child,as a man just getting into bushcraft this was a great place to begin my research and plan my own adventures

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Wonderful

Brilliant book by and about a national treasure, or if he isn't quite that yet then he certainly should be. Definitely recommended.

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chalk and cheese

I've always enjoyed Ray's tv programmes. he comes over as knowledgeable, amiable and able to get along with anybody. in this book he comes across as so far up himself that I really disliked him. I just found the book very irritating and Ray not someone I wanted to spend time with.

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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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Great interesting and honest insight in Rays life

This is a great audio book. I really enjoyed it and think it’s written honestly and openly.
The only thing I wasn’t keen on is the narrator, I think at times his tone was a little overly condescending

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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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  • 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.

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  • Scoutmaster Steve
  • 27-07-18

Amazing

Totally blown away by this. Being from "The States" I've known nothing of Mr. Mear's career, but will definitely research more.

I was also gladdened to know he's working to preserve ancient traditions.

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  • sparky
  • 07-04-18

Wonderful

I have more respect for the man now after listening to this book (twice back to back) then I had ever thought possible to have for someone who I have never met. An amazing life's journey.