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Mud, Sweat, and Tears: The Autobiography

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THE THRILLING #1-BESTSELLING MEMOIR BY THE ADVENTURE LEGEND AND STAR OF NBC'S RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS

Bear Grylls has always sought the ultimate in adventure. Growing up on a remote island off of Britain's windswept coast, he was taught by his father to sail and climb at an early age. Inevitably, it wasn't long before the young explorer was sneaking out to lead all-ni
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 2011)
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John Wiltshire
Apr 13, 2015 John Wiltshire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was in a library yesterday and that face glared at me from a book stand. I couldn't resist. I'm already halfway through this and it's a cracking read. Bear isn't a gifted writer by any means, but his very honest, simple prose suits the story being told. I already knew a bit about Bear, as the army is a fairly tight-knit organisation. I knew he'd been to Eton, that he was in the SAS(R) and that he was a committed Christian, and of course I've watched most of his shows. But what's been fascinati ...more
Linda
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
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Steve
Jun 12, 2012 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lucinda
Mar 20, 2015 Lucinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirational
Life’s journey and path isn’t always easy.
It is that inner strength shining within the most unremarkable people that never fails to amaze. Bear Grylls’ candid autobiography exposes the man behind the celebrity façade; a man of immeasurable heart and soul.
He is not perfect, flawless or fearless nor is he ‘taken in’ (like so many have been) by status and wealth. His Christian faith is what keeps him humbly grounded, alongside his perspective on life that’s ultimately broadened his horizons. I am
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Gillian
Sep 03, 2011 Gillian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Jack Pringle
Sep 25, 2012 Jack Pringle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Danny Tyran
Dec 01, 2014 Danny Tyran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I stopped reading this book (at 64%) for days because I had enough of Bear’s bragging and his “tough guy nonsense”, as he called it himself. Oh, he doesn’t boast about all his own great qualities, not directly. He doesn’t say: "I am strong, enduring and tenacious". No, but he says by speaking about those who make what he is doing: "It takes strong, tough and resilient men to go through it". But since he is one of them and he went through it all, doesn’t it mean that he believes that he has the s ...more
Robin
Feb 19, 2012 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Donna
This is my second book by Bear Grylls. When I listened to the first one, I went and bought 5 copies of it for my children. This is perfect for them all. He is an all around great guy. Clean. Faithful. Honest. Great example. Hard worker. Inspirational. Positive. Dedicated. Driven. Family Man.

He quotes others a lot and uses cliches, but he does it to inspire and to drive his point home. So 4 stars. Maybe I should up this to 5.
N.
Sep 10, 2015 N. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable memoir. At the beginning, Grylls describes his family and that part comes the closest to sounding egotistical, like a typical star memoir, although I think his objective was to give credit to those who made him what he is, rather than to say, "Here's how I turned out so awesome."

From his early history, the book goes into great detail about his time in the SAS. He glosses over his broken back and recovery (although that was clearly one of the most emotionally difficult experiences o
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Craig
Jun 03, 2012 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies
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
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Sam Lissaman
Mar 30, 2015 Sam Lissaman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this book because it has been siting on my book shelf for a while but I have never got around to reading it. I heard it was a good read so I decided to give it a go. I really enjoyed this book. Bear Grylls wrote about each part of his life and explained all about his childhood, his SAS training and also how he is bringing up his own children to love the wilderness. From reading this book I learnt how amazing some places around the world are and how dangerous, beautiful and div ...more
Valentina
2015 reading challenge - a memoir

While no one would mistake Bear Grylls for a professional author, his writing is honest and down-to-Earth, just what this book needs.

When picking this book up in the library, I had a vague idea it would be like reading one of this shows, if that makes any sense. I expected to read about his adventures in Arctic or Sahara, but instead, it was an autobiography that spoke of so much more. We got to know his family and early years and then began the part that truly
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philip taua
Feb 24, 2016 philip taua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i decided to read this book because i watched a lot of man vs wild on T.V.i wanted to learn why he chose this as a career working on a television show. i liked it a lot because it kept on the edge off my seat and made me want to read more and more.I learned that nothing is hard unless you make it hard for yourself.The story is based on bear gryls and why he chose this and how he grew up.Alps the in interesting thing is that he worked from a young age.
Ryan
Apr 13, 2014 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Denisa Alexandrescu
O carte minunată!
Heather
Oct 12, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wil Van Der Geest
This is a must read book, it is really cool because it has Bears life story and has some of his cool adventures.
Billy
Mar 17, 2017 Billy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He is a big inspiration to all those people who like to go out and have there own little adventures. Bear is all actions and no words. His autobiography revolves around his childhood family days. His selection in the prestigious SAS. Shara, his wife and partner in life's adventure. And his climb to the roof of the world, Mount Everest. This book is a must read for all adventurers. Wonderfully written and filled with life experiences.
Getting to know him through this book is a honor. He is a man o
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Mark Maguire
May 14, 2012 Mark Maguire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
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
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Rebecca Berto
Mar 13, 2014 Rebecca Berto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Silpa Parmar
Sep 02, 2011 Silpa Parmar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Corien
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
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Irein
May 08, 2014 Irein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"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
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Jason
All I can say is wow! Though I love survival shows I've found myself occasionally mocking Grylls over the years for taking more dangerous routes down a mountain than he needed to or for the time he got busted sleeping in a local hotel with his family. However, I can honestly admit that I underestimated the man. This was an impressive autobiography.

Aha Moment #1: what impressed me most about Grylls' life is how humble and how spiritual he is. I'm not saying he's perfect, but he has this uncanny h
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Adam Spark
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
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Sandeep
Jan 01, 2016 Sandeep rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating 5/5.

This book is absolutely phenomenal.

What you can expect -

- More insight into Bear Grylls growing up as a kid.
- How he got selected as an SAS(R).
- How did he gave it all away due to a back breaking accident.
- How did he recover in order to climb Mt Everest.

I really am inspired after reading this. Bear Grylls himself says, he was not born fit/athletic. He had to work very hard. I could relate to this very much as I am also one who falls under the same category!

He started at a very youn
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Kylan
Apr 27, 2016 Kylan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like 3.5 stars.

Recommended to me from my brother who has a hard-on for Bear and all he does. I think he kinda wants to be Bear sometimes. And why not? Bear is a great guy. A humbled man that cherishes his family more than his adventures...just like my bro.

Mud, Sweat and Tears is a retrospective look at Bear's life spanning from his Great Grandad's life to his birth and growth, to his adventures, and finishing up with his marriage and being a Dad.

He doesn't go into great detail about his c
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ZachFletcher2
Jan 31, 2016 ZachFletcher2 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book because the story is pure and about striving to finish every challenge in your life. The fact that throughout his whole life Bear Grills took everything to the fullest is amazing. The fact is most people today act the part but when things get tough and they’re battered to the floor they give up. To me, the people that don't give up and bare the pain are the greatest people in the world. These people can do anything because they don't only have the physical strength but t ...more
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