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3.21 out of 53.21 out of 53.21 out of 53.21 out of 53.21 out of 5 3.21 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sebastian Junger Narrator: Sebastian Junger, Kevin Conway Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN: 9780060886622
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For readers and viewers of The Perfect Storm, opening this long-awaited new work by Sebastian Junger will be like stepping off the deck of the Andrea Gail and into the inferno of a fire burning out of control in the steep canyons of Idaho. Here is the same meticulous prose brought to bear on the inner workings of a terrifying elemental force; here is a cast of characters risking everything in an effort to bring that force under control.

Few writers have been to so many desperate corners of the globe as has Sebastian Junger; fewer still have provided such starkly memorable evocations of characters and events. From the murderous mechanics of the diamond trade in Sierra Leone to the logic of guerrilla warfare in Afghanistan and the forensics of genocide in Kosovo, this new collection of Junger's nonfiction will take you places you wouldn't dream of going to on your own.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Magnificently conceived, lovingly written, perfectly evocative of a place, a time, a passion.”

    Atlantic

  • “Propelled by dynamic reporting that reads as fluidly as great fiction.”

    Maxim

  • “The topics are compelling, and the writing is fine.”

    Booklist

  • “Junger [is] a man with an appetite for the ragged edge of life and the ability to write about it with restrained power.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • One of the 2001 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Liu | 2/1/2014

    " pretty good for an easy read, i found the main heroine to be a bit overly sensitive to my taste. the theme of free love and not settling down to a "woman's life" so often found in y.a./fantasy books was refreshing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lara | 1/31/2014

    " This was my least favorite out of the series "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/15/2014

    " I love the idea of the world Cashire has created, but every time I read her books I feel like she is using them to forward her very liberal sexual agenda. Nowhere is there a strong, equal, monogamous relationship. While sex is handled discreetly, characters are going off with whoever strikes their fancy and getting pregnant with partners who aren't interested in long term relationships. The "strong" female characters are immature, impulsive, and often reckless. The overall message feels like "Watch out for number one at all times and enjoy the passing fancy of whoever captures your attention at this particular moment." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pippity | 1/9/2014

    " sooo good recommend to ANY ONE the power of fire is amazing I LOVE IT!!!!!!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Keri | 1/4/2014

    " I'll admit, I didn't give this book much of a chance. But it seemed to be setting up to be a repeat of Graceling. I can't get into the the anti-marriage, girl doesn't need a man (except for casual sex). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ani | 1/2/2014

    " This has been my favorite book OF ALL TIME, for quite a while. It has just the right amount of intrigue, adventure, romance, and humor. It is everything a book needs, and I love the fantasy aspect of it (you know, with kinds and kingdoms). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M.G. Silverstein | 12/18/2013

    " I loved this book. It is different from Graceling, but still obviously from the same awesome ilk. This is my absolute favorite kind of story. I can't wait to read Bitterblue! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz (Consumed by Books) | 12/1/2013

    " I may be giving this one more star than it really deserves, but Cashore nailed the ending. Full review to come. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danica Harris | 10/19/2013

    " The ending was the best part. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel | 9/26/2013

    " not as good and graceling "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina Durst | 7/29/2013

    " I liked the character but I didn't think this book was anything special, and that's that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ridwana | 2/13/2013

    " meh, it was pretty good. very romance-y "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine Parker | 2/16/2012

    " Definitely happy I read this as book 3 instead of book 2 after Bitterblue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 10/13/2011

    " Kristin Cashore is a very talented writer. This stand alone story was so engrossing and romantic and I was actually interested in the fantasy world she created. Usually I get annoyed or bored with the world building aspects of fantasy lit. But she is such a skillful writer. A real pleasure to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Halee | 6/8/2011

    " 4.5/ 5 stars. I fell in love with all these characters so much. The story, although, was a little boring at some points, but I loved it regardless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 5/25/2011

    " Fire is a human monster, graced with such unearthly beauty that just looking at her can drive men to violence. YA. Feminist. Fantasy. In other words, right up my alley. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 3/1/2011

    " Not as tense as Perfect Storm but a number of interesting essays on everything from firejumping to whaling to Bosnia.



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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 2/9/2011

    " Somewhat misleading - starts out about firefighting, turns into essays about dangerous jobs, ends up just as various essays, usually about war corresponding. Always interesting, but not totally what I signed up for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 1/30/2011

    " I loved the chapters on the titular fires, but found most of the other chapters not having the same impact. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yak | 1/6/2011

    " Somewhat interesting essays about covering dangerous stuff (forest fires, Kosovo), but too episodic for my taste. And the piece from Afghanistan is really dated since it covers EARLY 2001. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anita | 12/13/2010

    " A book about dangerous situations, war and atrocities that was interesting in places, but I thought the writing style was too dry. I found a lot of it was like reading a text book and it really didn't grip me at all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeff | 11/10/2010

    " Didn't make it all the way through this collection of essays. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 8/25/2010

    " Good set of short essays, but more in his formative stages. Save it for Perfect Storm. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 8/16/2010

    " Enjoyable read, but a little bitty / uneven in quality of stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 W. | 5/22/2010

    " Started slow but then I couldn't put it down. Excellent world building. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ariana | 2/22/2010

    " This is actually a collection of his articles previously published. I only read the first one regarding forest fires. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alicia Sky | 2/19/2010

    " Couldn't get through this. If you want to read Junger, then choose a more popular book like The Perfect Storm. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddie | 11/25/2009

    " Some good short stories about wildland firefighting, and one unsettling story from Kashmir that throws off the subject of the book. All were well written and an emjoyment to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 11/10/2009

    " What I learned from this book: if you are female and around other females while reading, they will always comment on the author photo on the back cover. As in "He's a te-MAY-tuh!" (New Jersey) "

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About the Author
Author Sebastian Junger

Sebastian Junger is the New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Storm, A Death in Belmont and Fire. He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, and has been awarded a National Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for journalism. He lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Kevin Conway has starred on stage in The Elephant Man and Other People's Money and in such films as Gettysburg, The Confession, and Ramblin' Rose.