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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jason A. Ramos, Julian Smith

Narrated By: Ned Vaughn

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: July 2015

Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes


A Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Bestseller
In a firestorm, nothing is safe: sand turns to glass, metal runs like water, wood and human beings vanish into ash.
Enter a world of breathtaking danger and beauty: In this remarkable memoir, veteran smokejumper Jason Ramos offers a rare inside look at the lives of airborne firefighters, the select few who parachute into the most rugged and remote wild areas to battle nature’s blazes. Featuring a foreword by author John Maclean (Fire on the Mountain), Ramos’s unforgettable firsthand account takes readers into his exhilarating and daring world.


  • Nichole W

    The book was great! Loved how it blended story with information. The narrator was not as convincing as the author since some "Cali" words didn't roll off his tongue like he had spent any time on the coastal state. Like totally my own bias, though.

  • Catalina G

    Loved Smokejumper. It's a very interesting deep insight into the world of smokejumpers and fire fighters. Not trying to pose as a hero, the author gives a very honest and candid view of the truth about how they work, the highs and lows that come with fighting bushfires. I recommend it!

  • Krityne Martin

    I wondered whether this book would be a sensationalized look at an exotic profession... I was pleasantly surprised to find it very down-to-earth and free from heroic stereotypes. Yes, these people are willing to take considerable risks in their work, but their training and resources are impressive. Ramos has keen insights into the role that fire suppression has played in creating our current wildfire situation and how we should deal with the expansion of housing into fire-prone areas. The book is engagingly written, informative, and covers a profession that isn't widely understood. The narrator captures some of Ramos' down-to-earth tone but has an irritating manner of conveying all dialog with rasping affectation. There's a good deal of humor and frankness in the book, but there is human tragedy as well, and it was difficult to judge whether the narrator or the author gave it a somewhat dismissive treatment. The book is definitely worth a listen; for an interesting contrast, try On the Burning Edge.

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

by Jason A. Ramos, Julian Smith

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Smokejumper: A Memoir by One of America's Most Select Airborne Firefighters, Jason A. Ramos, Julian Smith