Mud, Sweat, and Tears: The Autobiography

Posted May 9, 2012 by Paul (Audiobook Reviewer) in Reviews / 0 Comments

Mud, Sweat, and Tears: The AutobiographyMud, Sweat, and Tears: The Autobiography by Bear Grylls
Narrator: Tom Patrick Stephens
Published by Harper Audio on 01 May 2012
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
Genres: Biography & Autobiography (no longer accepting)
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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Already a number-one London Sunday Times best seller, Mud, Sweat, and Tears is the adrenaline-fueled autobiography of the mega-popular star of the hit survival series Man vs. Wild, adventurer Bear Grylls. A former British Special Forces commando, a man who has always sought the ultimate in dangerous challenges, Bear's true story reads like an outdoors action-and-adventure novel. But Bear's story is true - full of breathtaking escapes and remarkable exploits that would make any Jack London or H. Ryder Haggard hero proud.

©2012 Bear Grylls (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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I have been a follower of survival shows for awhile, my favorite show being Survivalman, at the time one of the only survival shows I knew of. Then came Man vs Wild with a guy named Bear, I was hooked. Last week I was twerping (?) around twitter and saw a tweet about how Bear Grylls coped with bullying, found myself unable to stop thinking about what his tribulations could have been. Then offered my a deal on 3 extra credits. I had to know more about Bear Grylls.

Mud, Sweat, and Tears: The Autobiography is the story of how Bear Grylls became the man his is today. Molded by his fathers compulsion for having fun and adventure and his mothers care free everything will be taken care of attitude, Bear lived a life I could only dream of. Sadly the tweet mentioned above was a touch misleading as the bullying coverage was the equivalent of a couple paragraphs. I thought that the book was going to be broken into 3 sections, Mud, Sweat and Tears, it wasn’t, maybe that was just too cliche. Mud, Sweat, and Tears: The Autobiography is full of Bear’s memories of his family, his child hood, his military training, climbing Mount Everest, and falling in love. Surprisingly Bear’s stumbling into Man vs Wild was barely mentioned at all. Bear has definitely lived and interesting and full life, somehow remained humble and true to himself. Bear has proven that his mantra faith, family, friends can lead a person to accomplish incredible feats.

Tom Patrick Stephens does great in my opinion and kept my attention, at times reminding my of Bear himself. He did not have an overbearing accent and was very clear and concise. I would like to hear Stephens narrate other books where he could add some more emotion to the story. He did do that, at times, in this book, but being an autobiography there was not much call for it.

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