Get a free audiobook

CDN$ 14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

Terrorist attacks. Natural disasters. Domestic crackdowns. Economic collapse. Riots. Wars. Disease. Starvation. What can you do when it all hits the fan? You can learn to be self-sufficient and survive without the system.

"I've started to look at the world through apocalypse eyes."

So begins Neil Strauss's harrowing new book: his first full-length work since the international best seller The Game, and one of the most original-and provocative-narratives of the year. After the last few years of violence and terror, of ethnic and religious hatred, of tsunamis and hurricanes - and now of world financial meltdown - Strauss, like most of his generation, came to the sobering realization that, even in America, anything can happen. But rather than watch helplessly, he decided to do something about it. And so he spent three years traveling through a country that's lost its sense of safety, equipping himself with the tools necessary to save himself and his loved ones from an uncertain future.

With the same quick wit and eye for cultural trends that marked The Game, The Dirt, and How to Make Love Like a Porn Star, Emergency traces Neil's white-knuckled journey through today's heart of darkness, as he sets out to move his life offshore, test his skills in the wild, and remake himself as a gun-toting, plane-flying, government-defying survivor. It's a tale of paranoid fantasies and crippling doubts, of shady lawyers and dangerous cult leaders, of billionaire gun nuts and survivalist superheroes, of weirdos, heroes, and ordinary citizens going off the grid. It's one man's story of a dangerous world - and how to stay alive in it. Before the next disaster strikes, you're going to want to read this book. And you'll want to do everything it suggests. Because tomorrow doesn't come with a guarantee...

©2009 Stately Plump Buck Mulligan, LLC (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

More from the same

Narrator:

What listeners say about Emergency

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    9
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    5
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    6
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Helpful knowledge in a story

A great story about learning to become more independent in a world full of softies.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

I thought this would be more specific

I was looking for specifics on tactics. This was more of a broader survivalist kind of book. Not like Neil's pick up book

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • SuccessEssence
  • 2018-05-17

I judged a book by its cover...and I was wrong!

Purchased this book 4+ yrs ago & left it sitting unread in my Audible library. Initially, my neglect to read ‘Emergency’ was mainly due to authors’ other works, causing me to ‘judge a book by its cover’ and not take it too seriously...figuring it to be a light hearted entertainment piece which I would read ‘someday.’

While recently searching for my next read and re-reading reviews for this book, one particular review resonated with me when they detailed how not only great the book was but how it was ‘different’ from the traditional Apocalyptic/SHTF fare.

I figured I’d give it 10/15 minutes then switch to another book.

Couldn’t put it down.

My experience with authors from this genre (read 50+ SHTF genre) always seemed to be those who grew up hunting or were either former or present military, etc...a completely different perspective than my own.

What I enjoyed about Strauss’ book is he allows the reader to see him starting w/ essentially zero useful skills outside a modern day urban environment and takes the reader along his journey acquiring the skills he feels he needs in order to ‘survive’ a SHTF scenario.

And as an unattended consequence/benefit, we also get to see how Strauss is transformed not only physically....but mentally and spiritually as well.

Great book!







6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Risa
  • 2015-03-30

Inspirational Page Turner for your Ears

Neil Strauss is a great writer, reader, and story teller.

Like in "The Game" it is fascinating to experience his journey, his life transformation. Similar to the story of "The Game" his dedication to personal growth is inspirational and in both stories he ended up with a new perspective on life that he had not predicted. As I'm sure he would agree, the journey or process of self-discovery, is where the truly important stuff comes out.

I have a new perspective after listening to this book about survivalists. Strauss is kind of like me, an intellectual Jewish kid, whose parents labeled themselves as people who just didn't consider themselves as handy, weren't gun owners or hunters. Makes me want to to change my life a bit. Maybe not buy a gun or get citizenship of another country, but at least be more aware of possibilities.

In any case, I listened to this book in two days this weekend. Couldn't stop listening. It's a "page turner" for your ears. I just wish more of Strauss's books were on audio.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2011-01-05

Awesome and informative book

Fantastic read. This book covers so many different topics from knives, guns, and all types of survival philosophy. It was interesting to see the transformation of Neil Strauss in his search for survival skills to survive in the (what if). Like his other best seller the Game, Neil Strauss dives into a topic and goes all the way leaving no area unchecked exploring topics from all angles and uses things that are applicable. These things he covers on a deep level studies them, and according to the book masters them. Everything from financial melt down natural, disasters, intruders and whatever it may be. He is by no means an expert in any particular field of survival but his unique research abilities give him a awesome overall perspective that helps readers identify areas and expand there thought process to find thorough ways of reaching there own goals. The only part of the book that I found as a turnoff is mainly a difference in political view as the book is very anti Bush and pro Obama. He seems to think that Obama would do a better job in fixing US security than Bush. However he does not look at the possibility that the Liberal agenda might target many of the areas which he uses as survival means like the ownership of weapons and concealed carry. Overall I give the book a 10, the good made up for the bad in my opinion.

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Tessa the cat
  • 2010-02-20

If you know and love Neil Straus

Then you will love this book like I did. Is it possibly better than The Game? I'm not sure, but maybe.

If you don't like reading about sex, swearing, guns, knives, and survival, you won't like this book. If these are topics that interest you, will love this book.

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jess
  • 2018-05-07

A MUST Read

absolutely phenomenal. One of the best books on life, philosophy, helping others, survival and making the world a better and more compassionate place.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Joel
  • 2011-06-11

Please read this book.

This was not a great audio book. However, i had the fortune of reading this book myself. It is a must read, not a must hear.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Brad Andes
  • 2011-06-18

Interesting but not great

Neil Strauss writes a moderately interesting book that would have been much better if he hadnt wasted a large part of the book justifying his paranoia about the country by bashing George Bush. In the beginning he clearly establishes his qualifications as being incompetent at anything but writing about music for the New York Times. In the book he chronicles his journey in which he undergoes several years of impressive training to go from total incompetence at practically everything, to being an accomplished survivalist. If you are a committed Bush basher, you may find this book worthwhile. I ended up fast forwarding through a lot of the book to get past the political whining to get to the part that finally became interesting. If you are wanting to read a book to learn skills for surviving a possible catastrophic event, "One Second After", "Patriots", or "Alas Babylon" are much more enlightening.

11 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • McKenna Stone
  • 2020-04-30

And it all started with a follow on Instagram...

Neil Strauss, the dude that learns for himself, makes mistakes, owns them, and then hones a multitude of skills by taking the necessary actions to develop them.
This is not a love story, but it is. The support Neil and Katie have for one another is inspiring. I’m on to the next Neil read!
To the author, thank you. Thank you for sharing your story, shedding light on your mistakes, and the ways you owned them and found the lessons.
I feel I have found a kindred spirit, and as crazy as it sounds, I’ve come to care for you and Katie. I wish you guys the best! And all the success in the universe!
Ps. Any escape plan for Earth? I’m a space nerd. Would love your insight on dual citizenship for earthlings and spacelings. 🤙🏼

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • AF
  • 2015-11-07

Not that good. Overhyped.

Would you try another book from Neil Strauss and/or Neil Strauss?

I like Neil Strauss. He's someone I would enjoy having a beer with or getting to know. Great narrator too. But this book is pretty empty of engaging content. It's like Neil had a couple of great ideas, but they were only enough to fill maybe a chapter's worth, so he puffed them up with a lot of mediocre stories and rambling. He tries to "hype" some subjects up as well, particularly the whole bit about the subculture of people trying to get passports OUT OF THE UNITED STATES!! They whisper to each other at conventions, passing foreign-citizenship-acquisition-info from ear to ear. Lol alright Neil.

What was most disappointing about Neil Strauss’s story?

Overhyped topics.

What about Neil Strauss’s performance did you like?

He's very likeable, and I like his easy-flowing narration.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Brent M. Witgen
  • 2009-10-12

what I would expect!

well read, and honest, this book is one which I have talked about with friends. I enjoyed it.

3 people found this helpful