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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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  • Tom
  • 2021-07-21

awesome

Fantastic piece of work, enjoyed every minute of this audiobook. I wish it was longer!

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Roller coaster ride of emotions and captivating!

I loved the idea of listening to people share their dances with death. Some of the stories told gave me shivers down my spine while other left me feeling emotional and a sense of appreciation for life.

The majority of the stories suck you in with their suspense and capture your attention. I really enjoyed listening to the guests talk about their thought processes and how their mind set was before and after being on the brink of death.

One thing that would have made this just a little more interesting, (and I know that’s why Steve has a pod cast) is to hear them discuss more in depth about some of the situations they were facing.
I find Steve to be an incredible podcast host and always the right questions and I felt as though his presence might have helped some of the guests elaborate more on their stories. For instance when the parks ranger interviews the killer does he then question the future of his career? Does he then go onto view is life or job differently after being so traumatized by what he heard.

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An impactful emotional roller coaster

I loved this collection of stories, well told, impactful and exciting. Would recommend to any outdoorsmen or anyone interested in the human experience. Please produce another!

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When's the next one

Hey Steven, When's the next one? Cause I'll be this book series like hot cakes!

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  • Jay Sellmer
  • 2021-07-20

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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  • Rachel
  • 2021-07-20

More please!

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

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  • Jordan Spurgeon
  • 2021-07-21

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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  • Karen C. Mctavish
  • 2021-07-21

THE BEST

Oh my god. So happy to have listened to this. Loved all the stories. Was on the river fishing while listening. AMAZING!!

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  • Nathan
  • 2021-07-21

This is an excellent listen

My only problem with this audible book is that I wish it where longer.

Good job Steven and crew. I am an unabashed fan of your work.

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  • Michael
  • 2021-07-21

Love a good story

Stories and storytelling are excellent. The sound effects could be a little more professional. Hope they have more of these come out soon.

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  • Jesse James
  • 2021-07-21

Holy Smokes!

These stories and the way they’re told are amazing. I felt like I was involved with each one. Another great product from the MeatEater crew!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-07-20

Too good

it left me feeling happy to be alive even though I've never had a near death experience anything like the ones in the book

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  • craig
  • 2021-07-20

One of the best!!

The is quite possibly, the best collection of stories I have ever heard! I couldn’t have been more captivated throughout the entire 5hrs and 15 minutes! Im baffled by some of the stories, and how amazing they were! Definitely some emotions at play throughout, and just goes to show the grit and determination some of the folks have when these events happened! I highly recommend this to everyone in all walks of life! Truly an awesome set of stories!!

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  • Lorrie Anson
  • 2021-07-20

Titillating

A very enjoyable listen! Feels exactly like you're sitting around a campfire with a couple of hunting buddies.

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