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The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook (The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbooks)

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  2,892 Ratings  ·  215 Reviews
The unabridged first audio edition of the runaway bestseller that USA Today described as: This is a no-nonsense, no fooling around guide with straightforward information. But fear not. The authors have enough perspective to acknowledge the campy appeal of an armchair guide for the anxious. Providing frightening and funny real information, this indispensable guide is the de ...more
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Published May 1st 2001 by Listen & Live Audio (first published January 1st 1999)
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Corey D.
Oct 14, 2007 Corey D. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: who want guests to enjoy your bathroom
Now I doubt I'll need to know how to jump three stories into a street level dumpster, but if I do this book will have helped me.
This is a nice bathroom reader, if you really want to use this in a survival scenario it will make a nice fire starter.
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a fun and enjoyable book a outrageousness that actually could come in handy if it ever, actually happened to you.
Kim (magicsandwiches) Lawyer
What a great reference book to keep in the bathroom or on the coffee table! There are some sections which really are completely irrelevant, but most of it is absolutely fascinating, not to mention hilarious. What do you do if the elevator starts to plummet? How do you leap off a building into a dumpster properly? What's the best way to wrestle an alligator and can it really be done? Want to escape from killer bees? What should you do if your parachute doesn't open? How can you escape from a bad ...more
Dec 23, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I needed a bit of light reading - and in my case a book I could easily pick up and put down knowing that the story line would not suffer for it. This book and its companion book Travel (ok they are not linked but I decided to read them side by side anyway) fitted that requirement perfectly.

The books are separated in to subject matter chapters (since its Leap of faiths or Great escapes and entrances...). Where each chapter deals with how to's on related subjects.

In their time there were a whole
Nov 27, 2012 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This handbook written by Joshua Piven was a very interesting read. Even though it was quite small, there were over 200 pages filled with different guides. I found it really helpful but I hope I will never have to use any of them. Some of the worst case scenario's and learning about what to do in the situation was pretty scary however was an eye opener. I recommend this book to everyone so that if they are in one of these situations, they know what to do.
Really good: When I bought this book, my girlfrind and some friend where making fun of me, but as soon as one of them started reading it, he couldn't let it down and everybody was reading it. It contains information that I hope I'll never need. It's funny, but at the same time the information provided was well researched.

Great for having at your coffee table, since everyone will comment on it.

I belive it might be useful also for actual surviving....
After 2014, this is how I’m preparing in case 2015 tries to top it.

(Half fun and useful, half disappointing common sense. Like, the way to survive an avalanche is to not get trapped in an avalanche. Touché!)
Jul 03, 2007 Rick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Funny stuff and maybe useful (I'd say Vin should read this, but he probably already knows it all already!)
Trinia Guttuso
I listened to this book with my boys and found it interesting and helpful! Believe it or not, we found a great number of these situations possible here in Texas... poisonous snakes, lightning, gators, jumping from a moving car. Of course some situations would not ever be possible ... jumping from a moving motorcycle to a moving car for one.
I will definitely check out the other books in this series!
Dec 28, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about what you always wanted to know about all kinds of weird life-threatening situations but were either afraid to ask - or just weren't lucky enough to lay your hands on a book like this!

If, just like me, you go about your daily chores wondering "what if"...

What if a crodile bites your hand off?
What if your car falls into a river?
What if a shark wants to eat you?
What if you get lost in a desert?

... then this is the perfect read for you.

Doesn't matter that the nearest crocodile is
Nov 13, 2012 Wonbo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-graphic
I thought this book was very informational and amusing. As this book tells the readers various survival methods in various situations - such as how to get out of a quicksand or how to fend off predators or how to survive falling from a high place, that are verified by experts of the case, readers gain accurate information on how to survive such situations and continue their life.

I thought that, even though the chances of using most of the methods introduced in this book are very low, it is usefu
Mar 17, 2013 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is interesting, informative, and practical--if you ever find yourself in one of the one-in-a-million-chance-of-occurring situations that it tells you how to survive. Even if these events will probably never happen, this book still makes for an interesting read.

If I ever find myself in a situation where I have to wrestle and alligator or jump off a building into a dumpster, I will be eternally grateful to the authors of this book. It was concise and entertaining, and may, though the cha
Darion Lycksell
Oct 28, 2014 Darion Lycksell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Out of all the books that I have ever read this one is the most important. I can actually use facts that will help me in life situations. There are a couple of scenarios that I actually have been in since reading the book. I suggest that all people read this book or a book similar to this one. It could be the difference between life and death. I have a question though. Were the authors ever involved in any of these events. If so did they know what to do at the time? Joshua Piven did a great job ...more
Jan 01, 2009 Aaron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general
Fun, casual reading. This book quickly became popular when it came out some years ago, and I remember people talking about reading it to learn survival skills in case they might need to use them. Like the next time they're swimming through a swamp and need to fend off a pack of hungry alligators, or escape police by diving into a dumpster from three stories. My point is that it's fine, but it's fun and not meant to be a real life saver. I think. That stuff probably works and I bet it's good to k ...more
Nov 28, 2012 Sabrina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Worst Case Scenario Survival by Joshya Piven is more than 200 page book about things you can do to help yourself survive the worst cases.
The book is basically a bunch of tips in steps to survive things like plane crashes and getting kidnapped. I really enjoyed this book but hope i never get in any of these situations, but i found it very interesting to learn about what you can do. I think everyone should read this book because you never know when you get in abad situation and you need the s
Apr 11, 2009 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's another one of those coffee table books that's funny to look through. And if I'm ever in a car that has plunged into the water, or am in the midst of a shark attack, I can truthfully say that I can most likely escape these situation unscathed. This whole series of books has the difficult but praiseworthy distinction of being funny and utilitarian at the same time.
Andrea Fluty
How to get through piranha-infested waters? Check.
How to escape through the drywall if trapped your office restroom? Check.
How to perform an emergency tracheotemy with a ball point pen? Step aside McGyver, I'm your girl.
How to fashion an emergency menorah? Mazel tov.
I got this as a gag gift, but the advice seems pretty legit (with diagrams!) Fun read for an afternoon.

Jul 26, 2007 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
A fantastic and rather whimsical look at some of the more insane tight spots a person will want to get out of.
Marvin Gonzalez
Sep 04, 2015 Marvin Gonzalez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a good book
Raven L.
May 08, 2017 Raven L. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
Not enough info to be practical and not enough humor to be overly funny. But it does make a good gag gift for the prepper we all know, or are.
Alex Telander
Ever wonder how to treat a snakebite? How about when you lock your keys in your car and you wonder if you might be able to break into it somehow? And the dos and don’ts of a tourniquet – what are they?

All this and so much more is explained in the small, comfortable, pocket-sized, handy-dandy The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook, by writers Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht.

This nice, yellow book is only 176 pages long, with easily understandable writing and clear diagrams of what to do in s
Less than two decades old, but already this has a very retro feel to it. It's not just that in some cases technology has moved on and the situations are almost anachronistic - the whole presentation style feels heavily dated, very "last century". Some useful tips, some bizarre, some pointless and trite. Another book for the smallest room.
May 25, 2011 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Genre: Intructional Guide

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook

This book was about real-random situations that a human could possibly be caught in and tells you the smartest and the best intrustions to help you get out/ deal with the problem FAST!
What I really enjoyed about this book is that it tells you what NOT to do. I think it is really amusing but helpful. Some of the situations are quite absurd though. for example on page #84 " How to leap from a motorcycle to a car." Noboy would actua
Feb 16, 2016 Grape rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nearly every horrible situation you might find yourself in (but most likely won't, thankfully!) can be found in this book.

Find yourself falling off a bridge unintentionally? Straighten yourself like a pencil, feet first, and after impact of the water, stretch your limbs like you're doing a jumping jack. This will lessen the impact and slow you down once you enter the water.

Find yourself falling off a building? Try to aim for a dumpster or other item that could break your fall. Angle yourself s
Nov 11, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was filled with quick tips and really, worst-case scenario situations, I liked this book and would honestly buy it if I saw it in a store. I think this book should be a necessity and I feel like I learned quite a bit about what to do in these situations, because everyone always hopes the best will happen and ignores the worst possible, reading this made me at least feel a bit more ready to take on the world. This book and the others section them into categories, which are the chapters ...more
Nov 27, 2012 Stuartb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book was very informative, and written nicely. the book had scenarios from how to deliver a baby in the back of a taxi, to how to survive a killer bee attack. so no matter what the scenario, it was most likely in the book. the book also had different sections. such as great escapes and entrances, the best defense, leaps of faith, emergencies and adventure survival.
the format of the book helped with understanding how to perform all of the feats. it would give a few steps in the process and
Nov 11, 2009 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Random, I know. Someone at work left this in the “Free” box and I decided it looked interesting so I grabbed it. It contains a bunch of little sections with illustrations, bullet point explanations, and explanatory paragraphs about a variety of things such as “How to Break Down a Door”, “How to Land a Plane”, “How to Leap from a Motorcycle to a Car”, and (if that fails) “How to Jump from a Moving Car”. You know, every-day practical kinds of things. Obviously I hope I would never have to use any ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Weirdly fun little book. I think meant as a joke book, even if the information within it is actually serious. I mean, open the cover and facing you is an illustration of a fist punching the snout of an alligator. It's divided into five sections: Great Escapes and Entrances, The Best Defense, Leaps of Faith, Emergencies and Adventure Survival. It involves such scenarios as "How to Escape from Quicksand," "How to Escape from Killer Bees," "How to Jump from a Bridge or Cliff into a River," "How to ...more
Fredrik Meyer
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook is an informative guide to several scenarios in which you do not know what to do. Its guides ranges from opening a locked car door to surviving a bear encounter. Its guides are very informative and make sure that anyone that reads it can understand how to do them. However, if anyone comes into any of these situations described in the handbook, I highly doubt that they will be able to remember and use the guides given unless they have the book with them.

1 Elizabeth
This book is called The Worst-cases Scenario Survival Handbook, by Joshua Piven, and David Borgenicht, and it is a consumer text because it has mini how-to's in it. This book is funny in some places, but somethings you need to know, like: "How to deal with a downed power line" or "How to preform tracheotomy", which can save a life. Some of this stuff though, you might not need to know, like: "How to jump from a building into a dumpster". Who would need to do that, and it is not like there would ...more
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Josh Piven is a television writer and producer, speechwriter, playwright, and the author or co-author of more than twenty non-fiction and humor books, including the worldwide best-selling The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series.

He wrote the teleplay and serves as producer of Don The Beekeeper, a half-hour children’s TV show about honeybees and urban beekeeping. His most recent stage play,
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