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The Last Season Audiobook

The Last Season

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Destined to become a classic of adventure literature, The Last Season examines the extraordinary life of legendary backcountry ranger Randy Morgenson and his mysterious disappearance in California's unforgiving Sierra Nevada - mountains as perilous as they are beautiful. Eric Blehm's masterful work is a gripping detective story interwoven with the riveting biography of a complicated, original, and wholly fascinating man.

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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 06-23-16
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 06-23-16 Member Since 2008

    Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.

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    "Well Written Character Study of an NPS Ranger"

    The book is an in-depth character study of a national park service ranger, Randy Morgenson, who went missing while on duty in the California back country of Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Parks in 1996.

    Morgenson was a complicated character, what you might call an extreme environmentalist. It appeared he was at his happiest during his summers working as a park ranger and stationed in the wilderness areas. From all accounts and according to Blehm's research, Randy was well-liked by many. His disappearance affected many people, and this book details the search for him.

    I found the book interesting and an easy listen overall. However, I felt it was too long and covered too much minutiae. Very little of the twelve plus hours of listening covered the search and rescue action which to me was the most interesting part. Yet, I had to keep listening as I needed to know the outcome of the search. I had to know if Randy was the victim of an untimely accident, if he just decided to disappear and start a new life, or if he committed suicide. These three options were all viable possibilities, and I spent alot of time pondering the outcome during times I was not listening.

    In addition, I spent a good deal of time pondering why Blehm chose to invest so much time and research on this particular man. I also wondered whether Randy was as self-absorbed as I imagined he was, and if so, why was he so beloved by so many co-workers. No easy answers on these questions, and I came away with no firm resolution. Considering how much I thought about the book when I was not listening, I am feeling it was a worthwhile read. In addition, the ending took me by surprise and was not what I was expecting.

    Add to this an excellent narration by Jonathan Davis and I would recommend this audio book, particularly to nature lovers.

    72 of 75 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Stephan 09-29-16
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    "Great story but not tight."

    The author did his research and it shows! It was my favorite thing and my least favorite thing at the same time. Including what everyone thought at every point in the time line was woven together beautifully but made for an extremely repetitive narrative. Lots and lots of variations on the same themes repeated from many angles. I don't think the author missed a single angle but I was wishing he had by the end!

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    Jordan 05-29-16
    Jordan 05-29-16
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    "meh it's alright"

    it's ok. pretty dull and dry for most of it, some parts were interesting. it reminded me of into the wild with less adventure.

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    Lese35 11-29-15
    Lese35 11-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Engrossing!"

    Excellent story and enjoyed the narration. I did not know the outcome of this before I began reading and the story was told so well- the past and search were interwoven with an excellent balance! Thoroughly enjoyed and glad I had 8 hours in the car this weekend to listen

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 01-31-16
    Robert 01-31-16 Member Since 2015

    Long drive to get to work and back so i have plenty of time to listen.

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    "Another great listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes this is a very recommendable book. This is another good book to read if your interested in the human side of the NPS. It also has good insight into the priceless resource that is are National Parks and Forests.


    Any additional comments?

    Its a shame the NPS doesnt take better care of their Rangers. They might as well get treated at the VA.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Ferons 07-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting story, but too long."

    The story was interesting and was full of good imagery. However, it was slow in parts. I feel like it could've been a couple of hours shorter while still maintaining the integrity of the story.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Mark T Portland, OR 12-06-15
    Mark T Portland, OR 12-06-15 Member Since 2016

    Audible books are the perfect companion for my 4 mile morning walk!

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    "Started Out Skeptical - But What a Great Story!"
    Where does The Last Season rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10%


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is just a great human-interest story, the kind of story you usually only get in stories of wartime deeds by military heroes. But this is in an entirely different setting, and it's a great listen.


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    MARC waish 02-26-16
    MARC waish 02-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "changes the way you'll view the world"

    my definition of a good book is one that impacts you in such a way that you are a different person after you finish it... or you "see" things in a different light. This book does that absolutely. It changes the way I will view nature from this point forward in my life

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    Melinda Ecker 12-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Don't Take This Book For Granite!"

    Such a compelling story drew me in from the start. I am NOT a backpacker, or avid hiker and I have never visited the High Sierras. I was drawn to this book because I love a good mystery and his disappearance and the circumstances surrounding it drew me in.
    But the picturesque, stunningly beautiful world of granite mountains and flowery meadows --and Randy Morgenson's love, reverence and dedication to protecting it made for a most worthy and fascinating read. I envied his idyllic upbringing in the Yosemite valley. Such a unique individual, loved and respected by many, yet, like many of us, flawed and complex and at times hard to understand. A very worthwhile read!

    43 of 47 people found this review helpful
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    Bryce T. Lim 12-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Inspirational"

    If you enjoy the outdoors this book will inspire you! If you don't, you will soon have a seed of wonder and respect for the outdoors planted firmly in your imagination.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    "Great biography and mystery"

    Great biography and examination of the disappearance of experienced backcountry ranger. If you like outdoor literature read this.

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