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Publisher's Summary

Laurence Gonzales turns his talent for gripping narrative, knowledge of the way our minds and bodies work, and bottomless curiosity about the world to the topic of how we can best use the lessons of our evolutionary history to overcome the hazards of everyday life.

He finds that natural laws profoundly affect our actions, and he reveals the hidden causes and costs of our behavior, whether as individuals or as a species, whose decisions may be leading to darker times.

Whether you are climbing a mountain or the corporate ladder, Everyday Survival will change the way you view your choices in our complex, dangerous, and quickly changing world.

©2008 Laurence Gonzales (P)2008 BBC Audio

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very little

This is a well written story of the author's upbringing and life experiences, however reads more like a autobiography not as the synopsis states. Only the first 3 chapters deal with the title and synopsis of the book the rest is well written filler that is not about the stated theme. Here is my synopsis: man made global warming and western consumerism is killing us all but all the while making it all possible for he and us to make and consume this book.
So Sip a latte and lesson to how we are all circling the drain in comfort for some and penury for others.... oh and cognitive dissonance is writing brain scripts that we follow that helped evolved us to the state we are but are now holding us back.

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A reread that really holds up over the years

Still a great read after all these years, and I'm glad it does. I highly recommend to anyone looking for something different, and with regards to the mind, how it relates to our world, and how they shape one another.

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Don’t waste your time

His earlier books were very good, but with this he bought into the politics of climate change and ruined what could have been another good book.

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interesting yet at the same time boring

his first book deep survival was an interesting read. I tried to read this book and put it down. Thus, I started listening to this book and got through it. I still don't know what this book was about. just randomly borimg.

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Not about global warming?

The author claims the book is not about global warming, then spends the bike of the book talking about just that.

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Very disappointing

This definitely did not live up to the standard set by Deep Survival. The book starts off ok and seemed interesting, but just when I’d invested too much time to cut bait it started going off on various tangents about the meaning of life and climate change. Not the worst book you’ll ever listen too but not one I’d listen too again if I had a do-over.

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The content doesn’t reflect the title

Boring!
Not up to the standard set in Deep Survival.
And the narrator sounds like a girly man. Stefan Rudnicki was much better in Deep Survival.
Hated it.

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Preachy environmentalism, not much survival.

Mr. Gonzales’ previous book, Deep Survival, is among my all-time favorites. I loved it so much that I jumped right into this one, and I was quite disappointed. It rambles on about history, chemistry, psychology, and sociology while making weak connections between these things and survival. More than once I wondered what the heck whatever he was on about had to do with the subject. Additionally, he makes little effort to obscure a deep message of secular environmentalism while disregarding and even disrespecting any concept of religion. Well written, as expected, but lengthy and, in my opinion, quite off-track on many of his conclusions.

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Meh

After reading the authors previous book, deep survival, I was very excited to read this book. Deep survival is fantastic.

This book was a waste of time.

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Disappointing...

Really, this book is more a screed on global warming than a book about survival. If you are looking for something that actually relates to the title of this book, the author's other book, "Deep Survival" is probably the best on the subject. This book is nothing more than his thoughts on climate change.

Even more disappointing is that much of the stuff Gonzalez writes on the climate change topic is fantastically out of touch. I'm not saying that he is wrong in some of his conclusions but his "fixes" are grossly over-simplified. On top of that, he seems to have little appreciation for the fact that his own activities, such as flying and driving around in SUVs (the latter a practice he actually decries in the book) could possibly be harmful to the environment. I am not someone who "denies" that what we are doing is hurting the environment but I have little patience for listening to someone who clearly generates a carbon foot print many times greater than my own lecture me on how my lifestyle is harmful and cannot be continued.

I'll say it again: Pick up Gonzalez's "Deep Survival." It isn't included in your Audible membership but it is actually worth a credit. This, on the other hand, is a deceptively titled rant that I'm surprised was written by such an (otherwise) competent author.