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
I listened to this with my two teenage boys whilst driving to our holiday destination. We all loved it, it's a great lesson in where pure determination can get you.
This book is a great listen. Read really well, it almost sounds like Bear himself. It you like Bear Grylls, it will inspire you to make the most of everything, as well as put you on the edge of your seat asking, "how's he going to get out of this one?"
Grylls' autobiography is to be enjoyer by more than just the naturally adventurous or those inclined towards outdoors and extreme sport. through his adventures, the reader enjoys humble yet astute observations on life, relationships and how to live with meaning. A great read/listen.
I don't know what I was expecting but I enjoyed Bear's honesty and ability to laugh at himself. He's led an interesting life filled with both privilege and challenges and he has chosen to learn from all of it and shares the best of those lessons in the book. The narrator was very easy to listen to and really made the story come alive.
His whole life story was a good and interesting listen.
they are all good
made me laugh a few times.
Bear Grylls is human he just tries harder and never gives up.
A completely honest and inspirational listen.
Climbing Everest. Always thought it was something that I might want to do. It no longer is.
This book made me late for work many times as I sat in my car not wanting to stop the adventure.
"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.
"Inspiring and captivating"
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.
As a biography is goes without saying that my favorite character was Bear himself.
My favorite moment was during SAS selection. Because I listened to the book while running, it inspired me to push myself a little further.
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"
"Better than I would have thought"
Its quite good simple entertainment.
He did quite well.
Not so much - it is a fairly simple book, and while its a good story it lacks the level to become really inspirational.
"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!
No, Once you know the story I don't feel the need?
His summit of Everest and what he overcame.
He sounded similar to Bear, so it was as if he was talking.
"Mud, Sweat and Tears.. Great name for a title."
Bears honesty, humbleness and determination.
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!
"Bear is what legends are made of"
Such a great positive life journey, this is one of the best autobiography's i have ever read.
No, but he sounds like Bear so made listening to it feel very much like it was Bear speaking himself.
No. Over several days while i drive my truck.
Worth listening too, absolutely!
"I love this guy"
Listened to the whole book in a day. The bloke is amazing and his book was a joy.
"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.
This is the best autobiography I have ever read. Well written and narrated. Excellent, compelling.
"Not what I had hoped for"
No - I would not recommend this book to a friend, at least not a friend who is an adult. I do, however, think it's very suitable for adolescents - probably the age of the scouts of whom he is 'chief'. I admire Bear Grylls' exploits very much, and enjoy watching his TV appearances. Sadly, I found this book very poorly written (the narration was fine). The standard of language was very basic and, for me, that detracted from the story. It's not all bad - it's easy to listen to on account of the simple language, and there were some anecdotes which I found interesting. Overall, however, I was disappointed and am consequently unlikely to buy any other books by Bear. I'll stick to his TV shows!
Great book, love Bears writing style, read his fiction books also which are fantastic and you will be wanting more
"Brilliant, humble and blessed."
I just wish I'd listened to this many years ago. I got from this the messages I'd wished I'd been told when I was young. Focus and commit. When things get tough, dig deeper. I loved this book xx
really good insight into bears life, i really enjoyed the climbing everest part, and hearing what the sas selection process was like
"Exceeded my expectations"
Didn't know much about Bear, but had high expectations, which were exceeded in every way.
Makes me want to be a better person in every area of my life. Funny how a book that you expect to be focussed on one area can surprise you when you least expect it.
Read it now.
"Great listen - very inspiring"
A very inspirational story from a very grounded and humble man - a true role model
"Best book I've read in a while"
Thoroughly inspiring and humbling. The man is an inspiration and Toms performance does the man and himself justice.
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