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Publisher's Summary

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

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autobiography of bear grylls

A bear grylls fan would surely enjoy this book very much. A lot can be learnt from his life. Highly recommended if you are a bear grylls fan... also skip first few chapters at start.

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  • Lincoln
  • 13-09-12

Inspirational

What did you love best about Mud, Sweat and Tears?

Bear Grylls is human he just tries harder and never gives up.
A completely honest and inspirational listen.

Which scene was your favorite?

Climbing Everest. Always thought it was something that I might want to do. It no longer is.

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

This book made me late for work many times as I sat in my car not wanting to stop the adventure.

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  • Alex
  • 10-09-19

Original, inspiring, challenging, sobering

Listening for a second time over and will surely do many times more in the future.

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  • Henrik
  • 13-03-18

What an original human being.

Amazing story.. ..just Got totally lost in the timeframe.....and then it was over...darn.
I love this guy.. .

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  • Vijayakumar
  • 20-08-17

good one

if u like adventures, I'm sure u will love this.
superbly narrated.packed with interesting moments and incidents. really enjoyed it. thanks audible.😀

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  • James Cox
  • 02-06-15

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.

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  • Tobias
  • 26-09-14

Inspiring and captivating

Where does Mud, Sweat and Tears rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

As a biography is goes without saying that my favorite character was Bear himself.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite moment was during SAS selection. Because I listened to the book while running, it inspired me to push myself a little further.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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"

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  • Kristoffer
  • 21-03-14

Better than I would have thought

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Its quite good simple entertainment.

What about Tom Patrick Stephens’s performance did you like?

He did quite well.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not so much - it is a fairly simple book, and while its a good story it lacks the level to become really inspirational.

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  • David K.
  • 10-04-13

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!

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  • Jason
  • 04-02-13

Great read!

Would you listen to Mud, Sweat and Tears again? Why?

No, Once you know the story I don't feel the need?

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mud, Sweat and Tears?

His summit of Everest and what he overcame.

What about Tom Patrick Stephens’s performance did you like?

He sounded similar to Bear, so it was as if he was talking.

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

yes

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  • Scott
  • 13-01-13

Mud, Sweat and Tears.. Great name for a title.

What did you love best about Mud, Sweat and Tears?

Bears honesty, humbleness and determination.

Any additional comments?

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!

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  • Lou's review
  • 06-05-12

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.

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  • R
  • 05-05-12

I love this guy

Listened to the whole book in a day. The bloke is amazing and his book was a joy.

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  • Greg
  • 01-06-12

The best

This is the best autobiography I have ever read. Well written and narrated. Excellent, compelling.

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  • David B.
  • 28-08-19

A story well told.

loved it, had me laughing out loud in places and wanting to know more about what happened next.

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  • daniel smart
  • 25-04-19

one of the best

such a great book bear has done so much with his life from such an early age
just wish it was read by him

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  • baz
  • 21-03-19

motivational listen

I loved this book man that never gives up when probably didn't need to coming from well off family and got plenty of stick for that just goes to show how tough this man is body and mind from sas training breaking his back to mountain climbing king that didn't give in


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  • richard
  • 12-12-16

amazing

really good insight into bears life, i really enjoyed the climbing everest part, and hearing what the sas selection process was like

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  • Electronut
  • 07-03-21

I’m benefiting from Post Traumatic Gain!

Hearing Bear’s story has been part of my move from PTSD victim to PTGer. I got help from a therapist that uses Audible so I downloaded it and being someone that trained for SAS selection and gave up when I couldn’t pull the rucksack out of the boot of my car, I wanted to hear from someone that didn’t give up. I’ve come a long way and will succeed, like a budgy without a beak, and be a better person at the end of this adventure. Bear Grills eat your heart out🤪

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  • Mart
  • 01-03-21

u have changed my life

could not put it down . be safe. I will be changing my life. totally

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  • Aaron Pooley
  • 23-10-20

Great incite

Bear is a British institution and this helps understand his back ground, great listen/read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-05-18

exceptional book

Great book -so many life lessons. my 14yr old son and i loved every word as we lisened together on a long road trip. very inspiring.

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  • Bradley
  • 25-01-17

Great real life adventure

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.

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  • Kate Anderson
  • 13-07-19

excellent

it probably could have done with a bit of editing as it was a bit repetitive but still excellent and suitable for children

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  • Grantly
  • 13-10-18

Best book i have ever listened to!

Mud Sweat and Tears is now one of the best books i have ever listened to!
Hearing how Bear grew up, joined the British SAS and climbing Everest had me intrested to hear more all the way through!
Highly recommend to all listeners!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-08-18

An engaging read

I really enjoyed listening this book. Bear has had an amazing life and he has a way with words. The man who read the book spoke well and even sounds like Bear!

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  • Donmar
  • 29-01-18

Great story

Bear Grylls is more just the Man vs. Wild! Great book! Great story! Great reader!

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  • Harry Becker
  • 30-10-17

Love, Love, and Love!

Mud, Sweat and Tears takes us deep into the mind of the one and only Bear Grylls. We are taken on a journey through Bear's trials and tribulation on his path to becoming an international superstar. Not only is the novel a collection of Bear's physical anecdotes, but some of the novel is also spent on his faith. Amen.

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  • Zaak
  • 10-01-17

Entertaining and motivating read

A well constructed, entertaining insight into the life and back ground of BG. Read in a way that works with the story. Enjoyed.

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  • Daniel
  • 21-12-16

Excellent

A fantastic,honest life story of a truly inspiring good bloke.Will definitely recommend to anyone wanting a great listen.

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  • Adrian
  • 30-08-16

Humble and full of adventure

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?"