This is one of my all-time favorite audio books. The narration creates an alive and fascinating history. You may have to appreciate conservation or fire fighting to really love the book. There were many fascinating people that made up this history. The narration makes them seem real and compelling. There were many courageous men and women that created the start of conservation and survived this great fire.
I read hella books
By far the greatest book I have read in my entire lifetime.
Gifford Pinchot because he knocked Teddy Roosevelt out.
He takes you into the heart of the fire.
I was moved when the nun went back to save the elders in the basement of the hospital.
Best book ever.
Mountainbiker, Skier, Riverman, Dzedo
I learned a lot . Lots of history about the establishment of the National Forest and Western wildfire. I live next to a National Forest and recreate routinely on the forest. It was right up my alley. Good thing to listen to when you are laying in firewood for winter.
There are many well drawn characters in this book. Teddy Roosevelt. Ed Polaski. This is a strength of the book. My favorite character was Gifford Pinchot . He is a man in large part forgotten but a founding father of the American conservation movement . His partnership/friendship with Teddy R has shaped modern conservation for more than a century. Even Teddy thought GP radical in his day. A hundred years later more of us need to appreciate and realize the importance of what Pinchot advocated and accomplished against powerful interests.
RD has a big, deep voice, and is a serious pro, but he isn't necessarily one of my favorites.
Timothy Egan is one of my favorite narrative nonfiction writers. Everything I have read of his is meticulously researched and fired with a strong narrative. Makes him a very easy read and/or listen.
I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.
I greatly enjoyed the Big Burn. Here's the story of the national park service, a service that nearly never happened. Teddy Roosevelt had to work some serious legislative magic to make it happen and when it did it was poorly accepted, underfunded, and rarely supported. But into the world these rangers went, hoping to protect our natural resources. And immediately the biggest fire any of them would ever see broke out.
This is the story of the new rangers and their boss, Gifford Pinchot, trying to establish a service. This is also the story of a town in the great north that finds itself in the path of a hellish blaze. How will they escape, how will they fight the blaze, and who will survive when it dies down? It's a wonderful story of bravery and ingenuity. The narration is thoughtful and crisp and the story is all the more exciting because it's true. Enjoy.
I wish when I was younger I would have had some mentoring to have guided me towards a career in the US Forest Service, which is largely what this book is about. Ed Pulaski, a U.S. Forest Service ranger a little know hero outside the forest, and Gifford Pinchot are two icons, that to this day have saved what would have been destroyed decades past! Great story!
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
I discovered Timothy Egan with "The Worst Hard Time" and have been reading his books and newspaper columns ever since. He has a wonderful, journalistic style that is both entertaining and informative.
I learned a lot from this book and highly recommend it for those who like their history fascinating and readable.
Good narrator, too.
I downloaded this book expecting to read about a natural disaster that I had never even heard of. Instead, I got a book that described the events and characters that led up to the Big Burn. I learned of Robber Barons, corrupt senators who were not elected in that time period,but appointed, idealistic conservationists, forest rangers who were the prototypes for generations to come, one president who was true blue and another one who was lazy and ineffective. I learned of why a third party presidential run was done because winning primaries was not a guarantee of getting the nomination. After I learned about all of this, then the fire started. The story itself is timeless as all of the same ingredients exist today, including raging wildfires in the Rocky Mountain west. The narrator has a deep easy to understand voice, but I had to take some of the bass out of my iPod so it wouldn't vibrate the speakers. In short, I got a lot more than I bargained for when I listened to this book. Anyone interested in the outdoors and how our public lands were started should consider this book a must read.
This is an audible documentary of the National Forests. The narration and writing is so well done, I get lost in the story and can envision the fire leaping at myself, as if I were an observer. I have new heros and they lived trough this inferno!
This is a story about great men and women. Some well known, some that Timothy Egan has pulled out from the shadows and given them the spotlight they have long deserved. He has made a world full of sound, light and life in his writing. I still feel the sparks coming down and taste the smoke in the air.
I really enjoy historical non-fiction but this one is a little too long. Could have been more concise. I ended up skipping through some parts to get to the end.
I loved this author's dust bowl book but this one just wasn't as interesting.
The author weaves in the storyline of the fire with the broader political history. It adds a page-turner element to it. Very good.