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Gather around for campfire stories with the MeatEater crew as they share 16 harrowing true tales of survival, grit, and misfortune in the great outdoors - an immersive audio experience from the host of the long-running Netflix series and top-ranked wilderness podcast.  

In Campfire Stories: Close Calls, Steven Rinella invites seasoned hunters, anglers, adventurers, and outdoor professionals to share their tales of perilous adventures in the natural world, from run-ins with black bears and grizzlies to bad falls and severe hypothermia.

With humor and heart, the storytellers describe how they survived disastrous encounters with weather, wildlife - and even a criminal cartel. Whether set in urban forests or atop remote Alaskan peaks, the tales in Campfire Stories: Close Calls are rich with lessons on how to stay safe in nature, delivered in a conversational tone that conjures the feeling of sitting around a campfire sharing adventure stories with friends.

Campfire Stories: Close Calls features tales from MeatEater crew members Steven Rinella • Janis Putelis • Brody Henderson • Garret Smith • Seth Morris • Maggie Smith and Edbo Genet • with additional stories by Andy Bergin • Buck Bowden • Chad Converse • Jerry Dunlop • Greg Fonts • Jake Grzyb • Sam Lawry • Greg Litzinger • Joe and Joey Nowicki • Alex Reynaud • Thad Robison • Bobbie Scopa • and Avery Shawler.

©2021 Penguin Random House Audio (P)2021 Random House Audio

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Incredible

What a ride of emotions. It goes to show that a couple of mistakes and some dumb luck can leave you in a bad situation. I highly recommend these stories to not only outdoor enthusiasts, but everyone.

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Phenomenal

I absolutely loved it can't wait for the next volume to arrive! Good work Steve!

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A little disappointing

I really enjoy the Meateater crew. They are good folks. Was really looking forward to the book but I’m a little disappointed in it. Some of the stories were interesting, but many were built up to be major things and then a huge letdown with the climax. Also each chapter title essentially gives away what the whole chapter is about. I still wholeheartedly support what the ME crew does, and the book is still worth the listen, but just wasn’t that impressed. Also slightly disappointed that it was only five hours. I only get one listen a month with my subscription plan and I listened to this whole book in like 2 days. Usually lasts me two or three weeks. Don’t want to end on a bad note, they really did a good job with the performance of the audio and the sound effects. Keep up what y’all do!

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More please!

I wish this book went on for days. I could listen to these stories all day.

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Great Stories

As an outdoor enthusiast, hiker, hunter, fisherman and lover of all things out of doors, this was absolutely 5 stars. This book has everything you would like. Some of, or if not all of the stories here I really wonder how are your guys girls not dead?!? This book should be called "I Should Be Dead". I am so glad that they are not, though these are great tails of survival and sheer will power to stay alive. Blown away. Great Job Meateater!

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phenominal

I drove home on a 12 hour road trip.... made the drive SO much faster. I was LOCKED in to every story. these stories can open your eye to life and mother nature's threatening grip.

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Recommend this to all outdoorsmen/ women.

Very well done. Especially liked that the individuals were telling their own storie.Made you feel like you were right there with them.

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Listened straight through !

Hurry up Steve, give us another one! That was so fantastic. perfect with the actual individuals telling there story and you in the mix

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No need for sound effects

I am a fan of meateater but I think they are chasing a dollar. Probably will not buy the next one.

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great stories

loved it! anticipating Vol 2. I've come to notice anything by rinella and meateater is quality and worth checking out

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  • 09-29-21

I didn't want this book to end

I really enjoyed this book. the subtle sound effects worked fantastically and I was transfixed by the stories.
Another fantastic offering of entertainment by The Meat eater team.

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  • Sparkly Word
  • 09-26-21

A mix of stories that all have a message

Can't wait for the next series, a true mix of stories and a great listen.

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  • David Starling
  • 09-12-21

Haunting emotional adventures

A fantastic listen of haunting, emotional and extremely interesting stories of survival and bear misses.
Would recommend to anyone and very much looking forward to sequel books.

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  • 08-10-21

Fantastic just like the podcasts

As someone who has loved to listen to Steve talk since his first appearance on Joe Rogan I was not suprised that this book is amazing, but was happy to hear the individuals tell their tales themselves, not having them acted out means they aren't always delivered in the perfect manner of a voice actor but that increases the impact of each one as the person remembers the event, you can tell they're reliving it.

The cultural and societal aspects of these stories make them fascinating to me, just like the podcast, these are lives I'll never lead, but I could listen to them all day. Just like the last guide book they released there is a tale in here for everyone, from a simple hike to chasing bass in cartel country Colombia.

Would recommend for fans of the podcast, any level of outdoors person or just people who like a great story.

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  • 08-02-21

Get the next volume done !

Thoroughly enjoyed each and everyone one of these Steve, need volume 2 ASAP !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-21

Excellent listen

Some interesting stories emotionally told by those who experienced them. Rinella tells one story and comments after others have told their short stories. Very easy listen. If you enjoy Rinella’s tv show or podcast you’ll love this.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-18-21

Brilliant

I listen to Meateater network podcasts every week... and this is nothing like them.

Well worth the listen!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-14-21

hunting for more like this!

fantastic!! look forward to volume 2!
also read his american bison book its great too!

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  • Connor
  • 09-04-21

simply excellent

very interesting and engaging and in some cases educational. The stories were very well presented and told.

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  • Grant David Bauckham
  • 08-30-21

top notch

another great book by Steven
can't wait for then next
and I also think all his books should be on this platform I'd enjoy them all

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  • Jono
  • 08-29-21

Excellent, I want more!

Riveting stories, told superbly. I loved the variety of stories and can't wait for a 2nd edition!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-24-21

great but could of been better

great stories and storytelling, I just felt it could of been a little longer.

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  • Jane
  • 08-21-21

Didn't think it was going to be that good!

Started off pretty predictable but just got better. couldn't turn the car off at my destination a few time.

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  • roman
  • 08-15-21

broad set of stories of misadventures born of adventures.

A great compilation of stories of when things don’t go as planned; where one develops their sense of humble gratitude towards Mother Nature.

All excellent stories even if one or two narrators miss the marks for the theatrical element of delivery.

Would highly recommend as a educational and entertaining set of stories.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-21

Titillating

Emotionally stirring and eye opening experiences, told first hand by the people who lived them. This is an exemplary portrait of lives lived close to the land.