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Publisher's Summary

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

What listeners say about MeatEater's Campfire Stories: Close Calls

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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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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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Phenomenal

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

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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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More please!

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

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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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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

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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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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  • 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
  • 08-24-22

Enthralling, 1st person accounts

Being the predecessor to a fantastic book. It's everything you think it will be. Really enjoy the actual people these stories happened to tell it in their own words and hear it from thier perspective. Brings so much more to the book.

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  • john patterson
  • 07-31-22

excellent 👌

if you're listed to this then you know what to expect, great stories put together by the meateater crew

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  • Captain Toad
  • 04-01-22

Excellent and well thought out book

Thoroughly enjoyed this book but wished it was longer. Loved the fact that the actual people involved in the close calls tell their stories . Easy listening and easy to dip in and out

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  • robert a.
  • 01-29-22

awesome

As anything that involves Steve Rinella so riveting great work everyone involved will recommend to anyone even if this isn't in your normal interests

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  • Lee k
  • 12-20-21

Memorable.

So many story’s to be taken away that will be used round the campfire. Valuable lessons to be gained from listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-21

Great

Steve is the best in the business a real hunter who tells it straight

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  • Liam
  • 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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  • iBuyStuff
  • 06-29-22

A must have for hunters and outdoorsmen

A pleasure to listen to, filled with stories narrated by different people that will keep you engaged right up to the very end, then longing for more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-22

WOW

I loved this book a lot. Great to hear others stories of survival and how they coped with it

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  • Conrado
  • 02-02-22

Excellent

if you're a fan of the show, you will love this book.
It's one of those titles that you can't stop listening to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-22

titillating close calls

great set of short stories involving close calls would recommend. narration by Steven Rinella is always a good call

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-13-21

Collection of heartfelt & heart wrenching stories

Incredible stories of close calls and survivals, tear jerking and thought provoking listen. The most authentic stories that truly make you take a step back and enjoy every second of every moment.
Life can turn on a dime.

Some sound effects might rarely have sounded a little tacky, but for the most part they added tremendously to the atmosphere of the stories.

10/10

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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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