Smokejumper by Jason A. Ramos audiobook

Smokejumper: A Memoir by One of America's Most Select Airborne Firefighters

By Jason A. Ramos and Julian Smith
Foreword by John Maclean
Read by Ned Vaughn

HarperCollins, HarperAudio 9780062319623
5.43 Hours Unabridged
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A PACIFIC NORTHWEST BOOKSELLERS ASSOCIATION BESTSELLER "A fascinating look" (Esquire) at the thrilling world of smokejumpers, the airborne firefighters who parachute into the most remote and rugged areas of the United States, confronting the growing threat of nature’s blazes. Forest and wildland fires are growing larger, more numerous, and deadlier every year — record drought conditions, decades of forestry mismanagement, and the increasing encroachment of residential housing into the wilderness have combined to create a powder keg that threatens millions of acres and thousands of lives every year. One select group of men and women are part of America's front-line defense: smokejumpers. The smokejumper program operates through both the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Though they are tremendously skilled and only highly experienced and able wildland firefighters are accepted into the training program, being a smokejumper remains an art that can only be learned on the job. Forest fires often behave in unpredictable ways: spreading almost instantaneously, shooting downhill behind a stiff tailwind, or even flowing like a liquid. In this extraordinarily rare memoir by an active-duty jumper, Jason Ramos takes readers into his exhilarating and dangerous world, explores smokejumping’s remarkable history, and explains why their services are more essential than ever before.

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A PACIFIC NORTHWEST BOOKSELLERS ASSOCIATION BESTSELLER

"A fascinating look" (Esquire) at the thrilling world of smokejumpers, the airborne firefighters who parachute into the most remote and rugged areas of the United States, confronting the growing threat of nature’s blazes.

Forest and wildland fires are growing larger, more numerous, and deadlier every year — record drought conditions, decades of forestry mismanagement, and the increasing encroachment of residential housing into the wilderness have combined to create a powder keg that threatens millions of acres and thousands of lives every year. One select group of men and women are part of America's front-line defense: smokejumpers. The smokejumper program operates through both the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Though they are tremendously skilled and only highly experienced and able wildland firefighters are accepted into the training program, being a smokejumper remains an art that can only be learned on the job. Forest fires often behave in unpredictable ways: spreading almost instantaneously, shooting downhill behind a stiff tailwind, or even flowing like a liquid. In this extraordinarily rare memoir by an active-duty jumper, Jason Ramos takes readers into his exhilarating and dangerous world, explores smokejumping’s remarkable history, and explains why their services are more essential than ever before.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Fast paced…Ramos is an expert guide through a fearful world…His passion is unmistakable.” USA Today
“A fascinating look at the men and women who devote their lives to this service.” Esquire
“You think your job’s hard? Jason Ramos and his colleagues parachute into the wilderness in order to save nature from going up in flames. He takes readers into the world of smokejumping, which has become more important as drought in America becomes more widespread.” Men’s Journal (a 7 Best Books of the Month selection)
“[A] touching and fast-paced memoir…written with precision and perspective, sometimes with a touch of poetry…A fun and valuable read.” Washington Post
“Compelling…A fast-paced, eye-opening read.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Ned Vaughn credibly narrates Ramos’ first-person account… Vaughn’s matter-of-fact tone maintains listener interest while allowing for the solemnity of death and injury to hit home. A passage in which Ramos ponders the feelings that a group of firefighters must have had before their deaths is especially moving. Listeners who know someone in a line of dangerous work may particularly appreciate hearing Ramos’ take on his job.” AudioFile
“Interwoven with his exciting adventures on fires throughout the west, Jason educates the reader about the art of firefighting, the smokejumper culture, and the human tragedies associated with his twenty-six-year firefighting career.” Bill Moody, NCSB jumper and base manager (retired) 1957–1989
“Jason Ramos tells of nature at its most savage, of two-thousand-degree heat and hurricane-force drafts, of heroic, sometimes lethal efforts to save the lives of people less prepared. Here you’ll meet the people who fly between Heaven and Hell. And jump.” Wayne van Zwoll, PhD, former special projects editor, Intermedia Outdoors
“Jason Ramos’ Smokejumper is a rousing personal adventure story, a nutshell history of the great wildland fires, and insider’s brief for making smokejumpers more relevant on today’s fire line.” John N. Maclean, author of Fire on the Mountain
“Nothing can ever measure up to the sound of engines roaring as you step out into the cold air, into harm’s way—to the smell of smoke and the endless beauty of the western mountains of America. Jason Ramos brings all that alive in this book.” Bill Furman, CEO, Greenbrier Companies, Inc., Smokejumper NCSB 1962–1967

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Author

Author Bio: Jason A. Ramos

Author Bio: Jason A. Ramos

Jason A. Ramos is an elite smokejumper and twenty-five-year veteran of the fire service. He is also the founder of Product Research Gear, a company that consults with manufacturers of firefighting gear. He is currently based in Winthrop, Washington, the birthplace of smokejumping.

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Author Bio: Julian Smith

Author Bio: Julian Smith

Julian Smith is an award-winning travel writer whose work has appeared in Outside, National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, Wired, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. He is the author of guidebooks to El Salvador, Ecuador, Virginia, and the southwestern United States, and he has been honored by the Society of American Travel Writers for writing the best guidebook of the year. He lives with his wife and daughter in Portland, Oregon.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 5.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English