Report from Engine Co. 82

Narrated by: Lloyd James
Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
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Report from Engine Co. 82 is the story of one company of New York firefighters battling unimaginable death and destruction every day. Dennis Smith worked as a firefighter in the South Bronx, New York City, and the graphic detail and gripping prose of this firefighting classic drives the most important, accomplished, terrifying audiobook ever published on firefighting. This book struck a nerve within the nation when it was first published 30 years ago. In our troubled times, it gains even greater resonance for those trying to make sense of the deaths of so many New York firefighters on September 11, and for those inspired by the tireless work of firefighters and other rescue personnel in the aftermath of the destruction. Dennis Smith describes the bravery, heroism, camaraderie, and unflinching courage of New York's bravest, demonstrating how firefighters everywhere have become the most respected of American heroes.
©1972 Dennis Smith (P)2002 HighBridge Company
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Great book for all to read

Great book for all to read or listen too, Great Narrator, Great Writer, Great Evetything

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If you liked Dispatches, give it a listen

Concise, descriptive language, and unflinching honesty. This book is an on the ground account of several fires and other calls in the South Bronx in a period of great racial tension. The humanity, suffering, poverty, and anger presented through direct observations.

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great book

amazing book
great detail
perfectly written
the audio version just makes it even better.
highly recommend

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I didn't want it to end

As a Young Firefighter it's amazing to hear stories from the war years. This books puts you in the rubber boots, rubber jacket, leather helmet and no airpark ways of how firefighting used to be. Every Firefighter should read it.

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poor narrator

i think the book is ok but the narrator keeps dropping his tone. cant hear him even with volume turned up all the way. didnt even make it past Ch 2.

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wish it was unabridged

If you could sum up Report from Engine Co. 82 in three words, what would they be?

First read this book in JR high. fell in love with Dennis as a auther. Read "Stely Blue". Became a vol Firefighter.

What other book might you compare Report from Engine Co. 82 to and why?

Steely Blue. Report from ground Zero. Fire Fighter.In Thier own words.

Which scene was your favorite?

No one scene. Totally enthraling 'spelling? lol'

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

PLEAS GET THE UNABRIDGED/////////

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PUTS YOU ASLEEP

Maybe the story was OK - dunno, because I couldn't stay interested long enough to find out. The reader talks in such a monotone, disinterested attitude that it's impossible to ride along. I anticipated a great firehouse book. In fact, it was written and read in such a boring style that I could listen to only an hour (hoping it would improve) before I gave up.

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Good book.

This was indeed a strong effort at a book about the busiest fire station in NYC (possibly the world) when it was written. The reader comes away with a solid understanding of what the experience is like. Tough, brave men who care about the community in which they serve -and most will never get the thanks they deserve despite risking life and limb. The writer is descriptive which is necessary when the scenes require so much detail. However, it was my opinion that the writer sometimes got in his own way- trying to do too much and be to lofty. He frequently quotes and references poetry which is all too the good but not what I am here for when reading a book of firefighting.

The narration is phenomenal. It is thoughtful and direct. The voice of this work genuinely tells a story rather than reading a script.

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Not what your ...

led to believe this is about. Its a great story on Firefighters, but what they talk about is already general knowledge of any firehouse in this country. Save your money.

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