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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (791 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sebastian Junger Narrator: Sebastian Junger, Kevin Conway Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9780061151866
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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 Monthly

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

    Maxim

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

    Booklist

  • “A counterphobic's dream come true, and thrill seekers of both sexes will love the experience of listening to these you-are-there–style reports.”

    Library Journal

  • “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

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

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 2/20/2014

    " A decent enough premise - find the workers plying the world's toughest trades and watch them in action. Problem is, Junger either doesn't get close enough, or catches his players on a bad day. Perhaps he was stretching the canvas too thinly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anita | 1/28/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graham Burt | 1/21/2014

    " I was most intrigued by the story on forest fires, but there are some really amazing stories of genocide and oppression in there. Junger has a nice writing style and gives you all the details, whether you want them or not. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peregrine 12 | 1/19/2014

    " I hate to give this book such a low rating, because I am a big fan of Junger's writings. As it turned out, though, this was my "I'm-spending-two-hours-in-the-laundromat-today" book of short stories. Took me 2 or 3 months to finish, one distracted afternoon at a time. (The Storm King Mountains and Lion In Winter stood out, however, as stories I still think about months later.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 1/11/2014

    " Excellent collection of his shorter work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Chambers | 12/22/2013

    " I love Sebastian Junger's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Hendrickson | 12/14/2013

    " I really like 2/3s of this book then it took a turn into war between people, not fire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/13/2013

    " My dad was involved with firefighting for the Idaho Department of Lands, to this book has deep personal interest for me.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yak | 12/7/2013

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael Harris | 12/5/2013

    " A find from the APL Recycled Reads. I enjoyed The Perfect Storm. Fire was a poorly written series of short stories, each of an article previously published. It was a great disappointment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samuel | 12/4/2013

    " A collection of essays from Junger's early work. The stories are hit or miss, but mostly hit, especially the reporting on the Glen Canyon Fire. I drive through there somewhat frequently and still see some of the burnt out areas and always remember the cost of the fire in human terms. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy Miller | 11/29/2013

    " A great collection of documentary style true short stories ranging from modern day wildfire fighting to mountain men of the 1800's to war coverage. The author packs a lot of information into his sentences. The stories tend to deal with tragedy so can be a bit depressing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark Terry | 11/13/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Sadicario | 4/23/2013

    " Some stories are better than others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 3/23/2013

    " Very well written and informative essays about some of the most dangerous situations on Earth. The final essay I found particularly impressive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Motorcycle | 2/8/2013

    " Pretty good. I really like Junger's writing. He's good. And the collected articles cover a series of interesting topics. Definitely worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich | 8/2/2012

    " Very interesting reading, though the title is a bit misleading. Still, each chapter kept my interest, and I found it hard to put this book down - always a good sign! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 7/3/2012

    " This one was okay. Before becoming famous as the author of Perfect Storm, Junger was a journalist. This is a collection of his stories ranging from wildfires in the American West to war crimes in Kosovo to conflict diamonds in Africa. Each chapter was a stand alone. It's a pretty interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean Gillen | 4/4/2012

    " This collection of short stories is worth reading. Junger is a good author, and if you're a fan of non fiction this is a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin | 12/23/2011

    " Some great accounts of life on the edge. A snack compared to the fish feast that is The Perfect Storm. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J.C. | 11/23/2011

    " a collection of Junger's magazine articles. the one about the whale hunters was especially memorable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rfisher261 | 11/23/2011

    " Had to rate it 4 stars because Junger is such as great writer. Very misleading since only the first 2 essays are about wildfires and the rest are a collection that don't necessarily go together. I didn't enjoy this as much as The Perfect Storm. I wanted more about the wildfires. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alicia Sky | 11/1/2011

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joshua Malenbaum | 9/13/2011

    " Crap. Maybe 15 - 20 years ago when it was more timely... But pretty boring now "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ann | 6/17/2011

    " Collection of true stories from such diverse hot spots as Idaho, Colorado, Kosovo and Kashmir. Written from 1992-2002 with the sense of immediacy that's characteristic of this characteristic outstanding storyteller and journalist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 4/20/2011

    " 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) "

  • 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.