The Survivors Club

  • by Ben Sherwood
  • Narrated by Ben Sherwood
  • 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

We are a nation battered every day by stories about horrific calamities, tragic events, frightening statistics. Inevitably, our thoughts turn personal and we wonder if we have what it takes to get through when the worst is thrown our way.
While there are plenty of books about coping with adversity, it isn't until now, with The Survivors Club, that we discover the human factors that determine survival. It's a combination instruction manual and security blanket that blends compelling true stories with cutting-edge science to deliver some of the most important lessons we'll ever need to learn.
This audiobook will:

List the most important traits necessary for survival (fear is #1)
Identify the five types of survivors
Debunk myths (like only the strong survive), explore the frontiers of survival science (How much strain and punishment can a human body endure?), and introduce listeners to counterintuitive thinking (Ever heard of posttraumatic growth?).
Provide a Survivors Tool Kit, including an online test (at http://www.thesurvivorsclub.org/) that measures one's Survivor's Quotient

Each one of us eventually joins the club of millions who face life's inescapable tribulations and tragedies. The Survivors Club is the companion we need to prepare us for and guide us through the worst.

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Customer Reviews

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Misleading and Redundant

I was really looking forward to this book. I'm fascinated by the art/science of survival. However, this book has little in the way of practical advice. It's more of a guide to staying positive during adversity--a nice message, just not a unique one, and not one that takes 11 hours to dispense.

Since the author doesn't really have new information, the whole thing quickly devolves into a series of sad stories about cancer and car crashes.

At one point, the author actually gives the advice to "be lucky." I'm not kidding. That's his advice. Be lucky. At another point, the author asserts that the people who survive adversity have stronger faith in God than those who succumb to cancer and plane crashes--insulting and insane.

In the title, the author uses the words "science of survival." No science here. Despite the author's continued insistence that he is a skeptic, he takes a Buddhist monk at his word when told that brain injuries can be cured with chanting, and the author tells stories about magical Bibles and sea life that is controlled by prayers without any suggestion that they may be exaggerated, or false.

If you like books like "The Secret," you'll probably love this. If you think angels cure cancer and religious chants cure comas, you've found a winner. If you're looking to actually improve your odds of survival in a difficult situation, keep looking.

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- Casey

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Any additional comments?

The stories of survival and how to survive in all sorts of situations were engaging and powerful. Thanks to this book I view choices I make very differently. I approach how I pick my seats on an air plane in a very new light. I travel awake and alert. I am aware of silly errors that can cause terrible outcomes. An eyeopener that sticks with you. Highly recommended reading.

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- Sara "Avid Reader"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-26-2009
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio