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Crazy CT Marmot

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  • Young Men and Fire

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Norman Maclean
    • Narrated By John MacLean
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    Norman MacLean spent the last 14 years of his life determined to sift through grief and controversy in search of the truth behind the Mann Gulch tragedy, one of the worst disasters in the history of the Forest Service. Young Men and Fire is the culmination of his investigations. It is a story about honor, death, compassion, and the human spirit.

    Crazy CT Marmot says: "Great read, very good listen!!"
    "Great read, very good listen!!"
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    Would you listen to Young Men and Fire again? Why?

    Yes, this is a beautiful book about firefighting, smokejumpers, and the tragedy of the Mann Gulch fire. The recording does a good job of bringing out the highest quality of nonfictional "story" telling done by the author Norman Maclean.


    What other book might you compare Young Men and Fire to and why?

    A River Runs Through It, is by the same author and about the same time period and of growing up in Montana.


    Which character – as performed by John MacLean – was your favorite?

    I don't think that the book was looking to portray any of the characters as favorites. The book was looking to tell of what happened when a group of the nations elite firefighters encountered the Mann Gulch fire in 1949, and to show the strength of character of these brave young men.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it is a book that should be read first. After reading the book, then listening to the audio version helps to recall the harsh, rugged beauty of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Robert Redford did a great job in making A River Runs Through It into a movie. This story and the men that lost their life on Mann Gulch deserve the same.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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