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  • The Art of Resilience

  • Strategies for an Unbreakable Mind and Body
  • By: Ross Edgley
  • Narrated by: Ross Edgley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (2,702 ratings)

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Editor reviews

Be inspired by the daring, arduous journeys and death-defying feats of world-renowned adventurer Ross Edgley and build your own resilience to tackle challenges, both great and small. 

Ross Edgley is famous for his astounding exploits—running a marathon while pulling a 1.4-tonne car, climbing a rope the height of Everest and becoming the first person in history to swim around Great Britain among them. In The Art of Resilience, he recounts his greatest adventures, drawing you into his world right from the first chapter. Narrating his words himself in this thrilling audiobook, Edgley also lets you in on how he built his mental grit and then drew on it to develop phenomenal physical stamina. In a no-nonsense yet engaging style, Edgley explains how anyone can master the ancient concepts of persistence and stoicism, applying them to everyday life. As the author shows, his approach to mental toughness can help you keep things in perspective, find inner strength and, ultimately, achieve things you never thought possible. 

Feel your heart leap in your chest and a sense of quiet determination settle into your soul as you listen to Edgley talk about his daunting feats of endurance. You’ll especially be gripped by his gritty, evocative descriptions of his encounters with giant jellyfish, formidable storms, and more as he shares the story of what became known as the Great British Swim. 

Want more nonfiction titles to build your resilience and self-reliance? Listen to Donald Robertson’s audiobook How to Think Like a Roman Emperor or Hugh van Cuylenburg’s The Resilience Project.

Summary

Best-selling author and award-winning adventurer Ross Edgley has been studying the art of resilience for years, applying all he has learned to become the first person in history to swim all the way round Great Britain, breaking multiple world records along the way. Now, Ross turns his attention to mental strength and Stoicism.

Ross Edgley famously ran a marathon pulling a 1.4-tonne car and climbed a rope the height of Everest (8,848 m), after living with Yamabushi warrior monks in Japan and partaking in Shamanic pain rituals with fire ants in the Amazon jungle. On his epic 1,780-mile journey around Great Britain, which lasted 157 days, Ross swam through giant jellyfish, arctic storms, ‘haunted’ whirlpools and polluted shipping lanes, going so hard, and so fast, his tongue fell apart.

Ross’ previous book, The World’s Fittest Book, was a Sunday Times number one best seller and explored the science of physical fitness. Now, in The Art of Resilience, Ross uses his swim experience and other amazing endurance feats, where he managed to overcome seemingly insurmountable pain, hardship and adversity, to study the performance of extreme athletes, military and fitness specialists and psychologists to uncover the secrets of mental fitness and explore the concept of resilience, persistence, valour and a disciplined mind-set in overcoming adversity. This groundbreaking work represents a paradigm shift in what we thought the human body and mind were capable of and will give you a blueprint to become a tougher, more resilient and ultimately better human - whatever the challenge you face.  

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our Desktop Site.  

©2020 Ross Edgley (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Incredible individual, incredible book, incredible story." (Chris Hemsworth)

"A hero who is as humble as he is resilient...testament to a 'never give up' spirit!" (Bear Grylls)

"From reading this book, the message that comes shining through is this: you can achieve anything." (Ant Middleton)

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A dull digital dairy - don’t do it

An audio assault, a grating, squeaky voice with a goodie two shoes narrative. Self-indulgent story telling at its worse.

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Great Story, Inspiring Achievement, Fantastic Guy

At first, I thought the book was going to be a long, drawn out and repetitive story for the purposes of there being a book. HOWEVER, the mix between Ross's personal accounts and existing scientific studies was very thought provoking. The fact that he achieved what he did in the first place should automatically earn him 5 stars, however the kindness of his personality and character shows through his narration and I can't imagine the book would be half as personal if not narrated by the man himself.

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Gets bogged down in workout jargon

Seems like a really good bloke and his achievements are truly amazing, but the middle of this audiobook just gets totally bogged down in creating the perfect workout routine.

I was interested to a point but then it just goes on and on and on about workouts, exercises and planning a gym routine that 99% of people have no desire to do (it’s almost as if he expects everyone to finish reading the book and start training to swim around Britain)

The stuff about stoicism is also so overly used these days, it’s become trite.

Read David Goggins if you want to tap into resilience

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Exceptional effort not so much the book

Followed Ross on Instagram for ages so was eager to listen to his book, but just couldn't get into it. Some great bits in it but some irritating bits (areas were there was a constant stop and explanation) like when he would always need to do a measurement comparison (when you wish to show both miles or km) and just got ridiculous at some points.

Maybe having a professional read it might have helped and removed all the size conversion rubbish I feel it would've been better.

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Funny and inspiring book

I like Ross he's the human version of a Golden Retrieve. I've seen him on youtube and found his bubbly personality funny so I gave his book a try and I was not disappointed.
I found this book inspiring because Ross is not motivated by some dark past like many other exceptional people. He is just a normal guy with a loving family that wants to push his limits.

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Good story

Ross has a great story to tell, not to sure on how useful the 'lessons' on resilience are, but a good story about a bloke swimming around the UK.

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Great story backed up with science

complex topic beautifully broken down and explained, with the relevant science in bite sized portions to help you along

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What a guy!

such a brilliant book and really inspirational. Ross is one of a kind and I can't wait for his next challenge

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must listen

gripped from start to finish. one amazing human being. a must listen for anyone interested in sports.

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  • JD
  • 06-12-20

words and words and words, day after day every day

I struggled listening to this. And what I mean by that is that I heard the sound and thought about it and it was displeasing. It's an audiobook. And what I mean by that is its someone reading a book so you listen, using your ears. And what I mean by ears are.... the narration is condescending and overly repetitive. Words are used for the sake of it. If I hear stoic sports science again I'll fucking scream.

Great achievement, huge respect but didn't translate to audiobook format very well which is a shame.

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  • Samuel Gohn
  • 23-07-20

A pleasure to listen to

I remember hearing of Ross’s journey on social media when the swim was taking place. When he told his story on The Joe Rogan experience following the swim, I was fascinated by his tale and his enthusiasm. As a man who swam competitively for more than a decade, it’s not the swim that kept me entertained (although it certainly did impress me beyond words), it was Ross’s puppy-like enthusiasm and tenacity at which he completed his journey.

Deeply philosophical and intelligent in his approach, Ross and his crew’s personal journey follows in the footsteps of so many heroes and brave-souled adventurers and is a testament of human will. Truly one of the best physical and mental achievements I have ever had the pleasure of hearing.

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  • Guillaume
  • 14-07-20

Great writer and narrator

Loved it, would highly recommend! Small section roughly in the middle goes a little too much into details and drags on a little too long about swimming technique, but otherwise a great read!

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  • 06-09-22

Amazing feat but not so inspirational

The book was amazing on the first few chapters but found it hard to finish.

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  • Jason Bendinelli
  • 27-07-22

Story of DRIVE

What a great story of pure will, determination and Resilience!!

Well done on your journey!! Really gets me fired up to push in all aspects of life! I would listen to this book everyday on my 3-11 mile run/walks. 😎

You are an inspiration! Thank you for proving just how amazing we all can be!

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  • Kimballa Palmer
  • 19-07-22

Ross is amazing, book wasn’t what I expected.

Absolutely INCREDIBLE what he did. Book wasn’t what I expected—Ross was beyond resilient, but the book wasn’t really about resilience. It was more about his theory and practices that he calls stoic sport science. Take my review with a grain of salt, however, because I wasn’t the one in the arena swimming around an entire country.

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  • alfonso vega
  • 26-05-22

Inspirational

Thank you Ross for inspiring me to take on my athletic adventure!!! The stoic principles will forever be a part of my life now.

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  • Erik
  • 07-04-22

Great!

Fantastic and inspirational. An amazing story humbly written and narrated. It’s not your typical fitness book (for me a good thing) but by following along the adventure you learn some real tried an true fundamentals of the human mind and body.
It’s full of helpful philosophy, science and humor. Highly recommended

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  • Nurbolot
  • 13-03-22

The most read adventure of all time!

Read and listened to the audiobook. Ross did an excellent job writing and recording this book. He put his name on the hall of Fame: Captain Webb, Emil Zatopek and Ross a.k.a "small Viking"

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  • Barbara Gregory
  • 25-02-22

Inspiring!!

Such a wonderfully inspiring book! I would highly recommend this to anyone and everyone!

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  • UnderConstruction
  • 19-02-22

IThank you Ross Edgley

I want more from Ross Edgley. Wow! I laughed, I cried, I cheered. Thank you sir.