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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,789 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neil Strauss Narrator: Neil Strauss Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9780061863974
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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.

After the last few years of violence and terror, of ethnic and religious hatred, of tsunamis and hurricanes—and now of global 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, so he spent three years traveling through a country that has 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The world is in crisis. If you’re looking for an emergency escape plan, this book is it.”

    Rolling Stone

  • “Before the next disaster strikes, you're going to want to read this book. And you'll want to do everything it suggests.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Witty, self-deprecating, and full of weird tips (how to fashion your credit card into a knife), the book is done justice by Strauss’ careful reading. The pacing is purposeful and Strauss’ youthful tone is flush with humor alongside a steady emphasis on the key ideas.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin | 2/19/2014

    " Not as captivating as The Game, but - as the title promises - packed with useful information (mostly pointers) for survival, all enveloped in a credible story that makes for many conversations over lunch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 2/19/2014

    " Eerie, because I don't think people really know how "for real" this guy is, and I feel like he uses humor to cover up how crazy he feels. But also eerie in that he makes sense... Also, now I know how to escape from a variety of hand-cuff like devises and how to pick a padlock! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita | 2/2/2014

    " Awesome Funny, but yet informative too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 sayguh | 2/2/2014

    " More a 3.5 or 3.75 but I rounded up in the books favour "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chase | 1/27/2014

    " Practical and funny "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/19/2014

    " really informative and offers different resources one can look up. fun to read and very extreme, i don't know how practical an average person can invest as much as he did. totally recommend "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 1/13/2014

    " It started out really slow. I liked the last half of the book though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noel | 1/5/2014

    " Got a lot of information that I will use, and a lot more that I won't. I wish more details had been given on the topics in the last 4th of the book the way details were given in the first 3/4ths. But overall still enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie Colon | 12/6/2013

    " I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!! I love how the book came full circle. It has definitely widened my perspective on our world, society and possible purpose(s) in life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ron | 12/3/2013

    " Could have been very interesting. He's one of those writers who is very successful without being very good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky Roper | 11/25/2013

    " This non-fiction book is written by a "survivalist" about his search for a way to feel safe from what he feels is the coming apocalypse. Much of it was pretty over the top, but there were some good ideas about surviving natural disasters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison Gray | 11/18/2013

    " In all of t he panic of the world ending, Neil learned a valuable lesson... and it has nothing to do with zombies "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dat | 10/15/2013

    " Finished the book Emergency. Really entertaining and enlightening read. Strauss's self development through his journey is commendable. I wish I had read this book when I first got it 6 months ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frankie Gasoline | 1/6/2013

    " A must read for anyone suffering from paranoia, a how to urban survival preparation guide for when the system goes tits up. Highly Recommended "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy Strachwsky | 12/30/2012

    " Excellent book and who knows, maybe it will save my life one day! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melody | 10/20/2012

    " Interesting book that is more memoir than how-to. Strauss interacts and ultimately befriends some of the most interesting survivalists out there. A lot of the information was new to me, and may someday help me. But I'm not quite ready to dig a bolt-hole in my back yard. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maria | 7/23/2012

    " Started off really interesting, but was pretty anti-climatic. I was dissapointed with the second half. It's non-fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri Temme | 4/14/2012

    " Wow. I am not into survivalist techniques, but this book just might have changed my perspective. Wow again. It was a fascinating and quick read. A self-proclaimed perpetual student all of his classes appealed to me and gave me something else to plan for! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Casey | 3/18/2012

    " It was entertaining, like a beach or an airplane book. I enjoyed the first bit but for some reason had a hard time picking it back up about halfway through. Maybe the author and his really lame girlfriend's personalities didn't do it for me. I seem react to that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Chaves | 2/23/2012

    " I love preparing for the impending apocalypse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 8/26/2011

    " Engrossing, easy to read how to survival guide to WTSHTF. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 6/8/2011

    " Ok, so it's about prepping, but Strauss takes a really thoughtful approach that is rare in the survival genre. His journey comes full-circle with a great community focus toward what we can do now to help our communities and ourselves. It's got a dark start but stick with it- it's worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 4/13/2011

    " This books in an interesting read in these unusual times. For those considering going off the grid, this will just reinforce those thoughts for others this may plant the seed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 3/18/2011

    " Liked it. A little more on the entertainment side of things. The author chronicles his quest from a big city boy to a prepared, confident individual. Good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liza | 3/9/2011

    " This book won't save your life, but it is certainly an interesting and entertaining narrative with some good survival tips! Emergency definitely resembles Neil Strauss's hit The Game in style of writing and expression. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Presten | 3/9/2011

    " This guy has the most amazing life EVER! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 1/16/2011

    " An interesting read about fitting topics. Again Strauss writes a captivating story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Funkho | 12/24/2010

    " This book will not save your life. However, it was a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 11/29/2010

    " It started out a little slow, but quickly became very interesting. It really made me think about what I need to do beyond food storage to be ready in an emergency. While I won't be looking for a 2nd passport, I came away with a list of skills I really want to learn. Entertaining writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randomweights | 11/22/2010

    " With all signs pointing to a very near end of civilization as we know it, this book documents Strauss' journey from urban incompetent to master survivalist. Totally fascinating, I read and reread anything written by Strauss. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abasi | 11/20/2010

    " Starts off quite slow, and while there are some cool bits towards the end, most of the book is too much whiny for me to get into. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joel | 10/27/2010

    " Entertaining, though I'm not sure anyone who isn't a billionaire except for a writer doing research for a book would have the time or money to complete this sort of emergency preparation and training regime. "

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About the Author
Author Neil Strauss

Neil Strauss is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Game and Rules of the Game. He is also the coauthor of three New York Times bestsellers: Jenna Jameson’s How to Make Love like a Porn Star, Mötley Crüe’s The Dirt, and Marilyn Manson’s The Long Hard Road out of Hell, as well as Dave Navarro’s Don’t Try This at Home, a Los Angeles Times bestseller. A writer for Rolling Stone, Strauss lives in Los Angeles.