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Mud Sweat and Tears

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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. Inevitably, it wasn’t long before Bear was leading out-of-bounds night-climbing missions at school. As a teenager, he found identity and purpose through both mountaineering and martial arts, which led the youn...more
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published May 26th 2011 (first published 2011)
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Bear Grylls, the famous adventurer, will never cease to impress. My expectations, which were very high, were fulfilled and exceeded far beyond any limit.

The most humble, modest man doesn't seem at all changed from his new role as a celebrity. He tends to shun away from any kind of publicity and declined the offer to be the main star of "Man vs Wild" three times, before finally accepting to shoot a pilot, something he hasn't regretted, I'm sure. The thing with people like Bear is that you really...more
At first, it came across as being poorly written technically. But as the book wore on, I realized that he intended the book to come across as if he were speaking to an audience, not writing a book. Once I recognized his style, I appreciated the book for what it was and thoroughly liked it. Plenty of stories which add color to Bear and what made him who he is today. His values come through strongly. Amazing to think of what he accomplished. I wish he gave more details on his SAS qualification but...more
This book is amazing. I picked it up from the library because I assumed that an autobiography of Bear would be pretty easy holiday reading. I was right, in so far as I whipped through this book in three days of reading on planes and before bed, but it's not a particularly light and fluffy book. I was amazed at the physicality of the things that Bear has done, but I was also shocked by how self-reflective and well spoken Bear Grylls is. This book is not a piece of high literary style, but it's ho...more
Jack Pringle
I chose to read this book because I am a big fan of Bear Grylls's show Man vs Wild and I thought it would be very interesting to read this book. It fills in the 'autobiography' box on the bingo board.

My favourite quote in his book is: “I learnt another valuable lesson that night: listen to the quiet voice inside. Intuition is the noise of the mind.” This is a very wise quote coming from a man who sets himself to do stupid things. This quote teaches people that your instincts are what you can tr...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"Life continues to be an adventure, and in many ways more so than ever. I have had to learn to prioritize clearly in my life: to be safe, get home fast, and keep it fun - the rest is detail."

In Mud, Sweat and Tears: The Autobiography of Bear Grylls, I was inspired to pick this one up after reading a short article in Guideposts magazine about the life of the man we all know from his television show, Man vs. Wild on the Discovery Channel. Is all this staged? Where did his training come from? Why w...more
Rebecca Berto
Bear's autobiography is punchy, addictive and a wild ride in the reading experience itself.

I've been a fan of his Man vs. Wild show for years and his fierce determination and passion. But it took me about a year or two to finally get onto this book. I have to say I never read non-fiction unless it has to do with writing or publishing. And the last non-fiction, and non-writing/publishing-related book I've read was Portia de Rossi's autobiography more than a year and a half ago.

Boy I feel inspired...more
"Кал, пот и сълзи" е може би една от най-въздействащите книги,които съм прочела тази година.Емоционална и напрегната,това е историята на Беър Грилс.Аз все още не мога да повярвам напълно,че този човек съществува и че всичко описано в книгата е реалност.Неговите лични битки и победи са не една и две.Със силата на духа,с помощта на семейството си,с огромната вяра в Бог и силният си вътрешен глас и инстинкт той успява да покори непревземаеми върхове.
Книгата м...more
Silpa Parmar
Inspiring. Positively inspiring.

Bear is a great storyteller – his autobiography is detailed, fast-paced and in parts really rather amusing. His passion, dedication and enthusiasm for the challenges he seeks out and conquers ooze out of this book – I almost want to give SAS selection a go myself!

The scene is set well from the start with Bear’s account of his family’s (tragic in places) past and then continues to tell the tale of his experience of being bullied at school and taking up karate as a...more
I really enjoyed this book.

It starts with Bear's childhood and goes all the way up to I guess current time.
It's full of adventure and endurance, self-discipline, extremely hard training and the willingness to go against fear and take (somewhat crazy, but lessons learned) risks. He really has done a lot of living and traveling in his life! Not to mention climb a lot of rooftops and trees while at Eaton - I was really surprised about that.

A fighting spirit and faith seem to sum Bear up nicely, b...more
"Life doesn't often give us second chances. But if it does, be bloody grateful."

After reading this book I just want to give Bear a nice warm cup of tea, a cuddly blanket and let him rest for a minute.

The man is a true inspiration! This book follows his journey through childhood, the teen years and into early adulthood. From boarding school to the Special Forces to climbing Everest at 23 years old!

I can't think of the proper words to explain how amazing this book is; it just simply is! Bear doesn...more
I wanted to read this book because I am a HUGE fan of Bear Grylls; and he's one of my biggest idols.

He is all for his family, and he loves his kids more than anything in the whole world, which is what is so brilliant about him. Nothing will ever get in the way of that.

This tells the story of Bear growing up on the Isle of Wight, then him going on adventures with his father who then passed away, which made him think I've got to make the most of life and he went for SAS selection (let me add that...more
Mark Maguire
This is an inspirational book.

I have read a number of Autobiographies over the years, but this particular book has to be one of the most sincere, and heartfelt, that I have ever encountered. I haven't been a fan of Bear Grylls for particularly long. The book was bought as a gift by my Wife who saw the chance to buy a copy for an aggressively low price as a part of a High Street promotion.

Immediately prior to the purchase; I had watched a few episodes of "Born Survivor" on Discovery and I was p...more
Wow. I learned so much through reading this book. Edward (Bear) Grylls is one of my new heros.

This book is basically about the man before "Man vs. Wild." He talks about his time at boarding school. His very intense SAS training, breaking his back after parachuting. His expedition to climb mount Everest. Meeting his wife and ultimately becoming the global scout master. What I loved about this book was his continuing steadfast faith that he used to help himself through some of the toughest of time...more
Very interesting memoir that focuses on Bear's grueling selection process for Special Armed Services, his Everest expedition, and the beginnings of Man vs Wild. Two stars off for the little tiny words formed into little tiny sentences in little tiny chapters (well over 100 of them). On the other hand, I think my 8 year old could probably read this on his own, so it's not all bad.
Jan 06, 2012 Jordan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: autobiography
This was such an inspirational read. Everything was so detailed, even the part about the SAS (even though he signed a life confidential agreement about not talking about the SAS) I just felt like I was on that same adventure with him.

His whole life I felt like I was in his shoes. Bear Grylls shares his adventures in such an inspirational and heartfelt way. It is not often that you get to read about someone with such extraordinary skills and stories; it is also such a delight to find an honest a...more
Peter Millett
Let's be honest - the only reason people tune into this show is to watch Bear doing something incredibly gross like drinking his own pee or consuming elephant dung for breakfast. Frankly, I would rather die peacefully in the shade than follow his embarrassing survival tips.

However, this book is nothing like the show. The highlight for me was his honest account of how desperate he was to get a job - including writing 23 rejected letters to Sir Richard Branson - and even turning up on his doorstep...more
Good book, interesting to hear of his earlier years. I liked the informal style of the writing, and how he told his story using a series of anecdotes and lessons learned. It was light-hearted, and funny, in parts. However, I did not like the prologue to the book, which was melodramatic. His attempt to draw the reader in did not work with me, and I was tempted to give up on the book. It did get off to a slow start, but the rest is intriguing. It was an easy read (hence, I breezed through it). The...more
A charming read and excellent insight into an extraordinary man. The book is loaded with great lessons in life told through the seemingly ordinary yet undoubtably incredible life of Bear Grylls.

The most important messages that Bear sets out to relay throughoutthe book are - anything is possible if you are determined and willing to push yourself; honour & cherish family and firends; take risks, have courage and have faith in God; the rough patches will come but its how we handle them that mat...more
In this memoir Bear tells the story of his life and death-defying adventures. It turns out that not only he a tough guy in mind and body, but he also has a sensitive side and a heart. A fun read if you are a Man vs Wild fan. My only criticism is that he spends a little too much time on the details of his SAS training and Everest adventure--don't get me wrong, they are both riveting and amazing stories but it got a little repetitive after a while.

He also confesses his real first name and mentions...more
Very good, enjoyable book. Interesting autobiography of Bear's family history and experiences at boarding school and Eton, in climbing Everest, and in preparing and qualifying for the SAS (British equivalent of the Navy Seals). It's easy to see how these factors contribute to his tenacity, focus, and determination in all that he does. He speaks of the importance of his Christian faith and his commitment to his wife. Very honest and open about his life and shortcomings.
Who gets bullied and takes up karate to defend himself? Who goes through the damanding selection of SAS twice? Who - after having broken his back - decides to climb Mount Everest? Bear Grylls!

Bear Grylls, who is known all over the world for his hit-TV-show Man vs. Wild/Born Survivor: Bear Grylls, has now finally published his autobiography.

Grylls' actions are often not very well thought-through but reckless and and some might think he's got a deathwish. At the same time I find him to be also v...more
I’ve always liked Bear although I didn’t really know much about him aside from the fact that he had been to Eton and was in the SAS. I never knew he’d climbed Mount Everest but knowing what I do about him now it doesn’t surprise me. I have seen a few episodes of his shows and really enjoyed the celebrity ones he did, especially the one with Stephen Fry. If I’m entirely honest he’s the sort of man I just cannot relate to. There needs to be people like Bear in the world, people that advance mankin...more
Ryan Lewis
An entertaining and inspiring book which covers his most difficult person adventures including the SAS entrance trials and climbing Mount Everest, Bear regularly delivers life advice, similar to the format that made him popular in his Discovery TV show "Man vs. Wild". Bear recounts stories wonderfully, but felt more like a friend telling you a story at a bar, rather than seeing the situation through his eyes and living it with him.

At the end of the book, it feels as if the short catch phrase wi...more
Giedrius Padriezas
A bomb of enthusiasm and resistance. I did not know nothing about Bear Grylls apart from one video in which he ate a huge worm from under the skin of a tree, but boy he is hell of a motivator. One of the most powerful stories about following your dreams, living under your own views and following through - as it is what separates those who succeed and those who fail in hardest life scenarios.

What I appreciate the most from Bear's life story is his ability to maintain the internal balance and have...more
Denis Vukosav
“Mud, Sweat and Tears” written by Bear Grylls is an exciting autobiography of a man who has managed to do and achieve much of what was thought almost impossible - repeatedly.

Bear Grylls is a man who has always been different, while his passion for adventures started back in his early age when he left school and spent several months in India, hiking in the Himalayas. When he returned to UK, after the idea to join Indian army was left, he went to Special Air Service selection, successfully passed...more
Scott Forward
I really enjoyed this book, you really get some great insight into his special forces training and he paints a great picture of his journey climbing Mt. Everest. Even the spiritual aspects are well done, they aren't crammed down your throat but rather provide context and allow you to understand how he mentally approached some of his feats.
This book is full of words in which one should live life by. The tales of Bear from innocent young boy to (often) reckless adult man are inspiring and will prove to make the reader love and appreciate the man more than any TV show could.
I have read reviews in which people have complained about the style of writing. If you expect the way in which you (as an audience) is addressed any different to the way Bear addresses viewers of Born Survivor, you're crazy. I fell straight into this book, which...more
A good inspirational story, especially if you have a boy who is not that enthused with school but loves the outdoors.
Richard Guy

I found this book very inspirational. The sheer grit and determination expressed through visceral writing was a real page turning. Recommended
Mar 24, 2012 Snort is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Chapter 10, and I love it. So much to relate to. Beautiful book - recommended for guys and girls.
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Every year the death toll on Mount Everest rises, and for every ten mountaineers who make it to the top, one will die. Yet at 7:22AM on May 26th 1998, Bear Grylls entered The Guinness Book of Records as the youngest, and one of only around thirty, British climbers to have successfully climbed Everest and returned alive. He was only 23 years old.

The actual ascent took Bear over ninety days of extre...more
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