My Outdoor Life

  • by Ray Mears
  • Narrated by Ray Mears, Simon Shepherd
  • 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- Mark

Brilliant!

Would you consider the audio edition of My Outdoor Life to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the written version. I get the audio version because I spend so much time on the go, it's easier for me.


What other book might you compare My Outdoor Life to and why?

I have never read any other books that would compare to the life of Ray Mears because everyone is different.


Which character – as performed by Ray Mears and Simon Shepherd – was your favorite?

Ray Mears


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

yes, but because of it's length, I was happy to break it up. it gave me some expectation for when I could listen again.


Any additional comments?

I have always been a fan of Ray Mears, but this book really opened up his life to me in a way that, not just gave me the when and where of his life, but also the why and how. It was absolutely a gem. The respect I had for him as an outdoorsman increased 10 fold upon finishing this book. He is truly a master at his craft!

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- T. Holland

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-05-2014
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton