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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

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Excellent for my cross Canada journey

Found out about this audio book from a meat eater podcast and decided it was worth it to check it out, I was not disappointed. The stories were captivating and interesting. It made a part of my cross Canada road trip go by fast! Highly recommend!

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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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Loved every minute

Who doesn’t lovey a good story about overcoming adversity…or dumb luck :). Can’t wait for the next one :)

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Great Listen

A great listen with a variety of captivating stories that hold your attention while letting connect with the storyteller in an almost conversational way.

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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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loved it!

This was great, for anyone interested in the outside world, this is a great listen!

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great stories

the stories in this book kept me on the edge of my seat. a great listen.

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Real Survival Stories told by the survivors. Hope the next volume is twice as long.

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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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  • Josiah Robertson
  • 2021-07-30

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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  • 2021-07-30

Phenomenal

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

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  • michael bieda
  • 2021-07-27

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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  • 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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  • Patrick A White
  • 2021-07-30

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-07-29

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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  • Dan
  • 2021-07-22

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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  • Chris Thomas
  • 2021-07-30

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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  • 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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