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Into the Planet

My Life as a Cave Diver
Written by: Jill Heinerth
Narrated by: Jill Heinerth
Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Taking you to places no one has ever gone before, and blending memoir, adventure, and science, Into the Planet is a riveting account of one of the most dangerous yet exhilarating pursuits in the world: diving to the center of the Earth.

"If I die, it will be in the most glorious place that nobody has ever seen."

As one of the most celebrated cave divers in the world, Jill Heinerth has seen the planet in a way almost no one has. In a workday, she might swim below your home, through conduits in volcanoes or cracks in the world's largest iceberg. She's an explorer, a scientist's eyes and hands underwater - discovering new species and examining our finite freshwater reserves - and a filmmaker documenting the wonders of underwater life. Often the lone woman in a male-dominated domain, she tests the limits of human endurance at every tight turn, risking her life with each mission. To not only survive in this world but excel, Jill has had to learn how to master self-doubt like no other.

With gripping storytelling that radiates intimacy, Into the Planet will transport you deep into the most exquisite, untouched corners of the Earth, where fear must be reconciled and the innermost parts of the human condition are revealed.

©2019 Jill Heinerth (P)2019 Doubleday Canada

What the critics say

"Into the Planet is a breathtaking thrill-ride into a deeper world that exists within this one. Few people have witnessed the sublime beauty of labyrinthine underwater caves or the inside of an iceberg - to venture in for even a glimpse is to put your life at risk - but Jill Heinerth knows these realms intimately. She is the ultimate guide, and her courage and heart are as evident in her writing as they are in her groundbreaking explorations. Clear your schedule if you pick up this book, because you will not be able to put it down." (Susan Casey, author of The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean)

"One sentence into the phenomenal life story of Jill Heinerth and you'll be hooked. Be prepared for a wild, wonderful and deeply inspiring journey into places few people get to know, let alone experience. Into the Planet is a beautifully crafted memoir that inspires us all to defy limits imposed, connect us to this precious planet, and follow our passions in life." (Clara Hughes, six-time Olympic medalist and author of Open Heart, Open Mind)

"I can guarantee you one thing: Jill Heinerth will not look back on her life with any regrets about a lack of bravery or passion. In this gripping, life-of-gusto story, we plunge into Heinerth's eccentric world of death-defying caves, and into her inner sanctum forged by the thrill of discovery. I read wide-eyed, page after page." (Diana Nyad, long-distance swimmer and author of Find a Way

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Wow! Great book

Jill did an amazing job on both the writing + narration of this book. It was fascinating and she definitely makes you feel like you're right there in those caves. I caught myself holding my breath many times listening to this. It was a wonderful book!

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Inspiring

What an amazing explorer and adventurer. Make you want to see more of the world and travel more!

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Jill is legit

An excellent listen, and a great personal account of life at the cutting edge of one of the most wild of activities. Great to hear some personal and humbling insights into a world that not many people understand. I especially liked that it was read by the author herself.

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Great listen!!!!

I have thoroughly enjoy this listen. I recommend it to anyone, but especially those with a sense of adventure. After listening, I have a deep respect for the sport, for exploration and for Jill. Very inspiring, captivating, and a truely emotional listen. Thanks so much!

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BEST Scuba Diving read yet!

Jill is an incredibly talented Scuba Diver, writer, and natrator. This unreal combo between these talents makes for possibly the best read I have ever had the privilege of listening to/reading!

Well done Jill!!

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As real as it gets!

Jill was my Cave Diving instructor and I look up to her for more reasons than I can say here.
Even though I've heard some of the amazing experiences she had had, I cried and laughed along with each new telling in this autobiography.
We, as women, Canadians and citizens of this planet, should be honoured that she has chosen to dedicate her life to the betterment of our fragile resource, water.

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  • Melanie
  • 2019-10-09

Incredible adventure stories, you will feel like you are right there with her.

Jill’s writing and stories are absolutely rare, remarkable and inspiring. Several times I had to take out my earphones because the dive she was describing was so intense - it was exhilarating! Jill explained her desire to explore the veins of the earth while respecting the risks she task. I LOVED this book. I will be recommending this to water lover I know and listening again.

Thank you Jill!