Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2015
CD ISBN 9781504625593 $29.99 Five CDs
DD ISBN 9780062395610 $24.99
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2015
CD ISBN 9781504625586 $49.99 Five CDs
Ramos left a safer job as a municipal firefighter to become a smokejumper--a parachuting firefighter. Ned Vaughn credibly narrates Ramos's first-person account. His voice is mostly calm as he talks about the dangers of the job--though he still leaves room for notes of excitement during training and missions. There's also the occasional humorous turn, as when Ramos writes about mosquitoes. 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's take on his job. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2015]
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