• Wild Rescues

  • A Paramedic's Extreme Adventures in Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton
  • By: Kevin Grange
  • Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (661 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A paramedic story that takes places in the wild and sheds a never-seen-before light on wilderness medicine, our national parks, and conflicts that arise between tourism and protecting the land

Wild Rescues is a fast-paced, firsthand glimpse into the exciting lives of paramedics who work with the National Park Service: a unique brand of park rangers who respond to medical and traumatic emergencies in some of the most isolated and rugged parts of America. In 2014, Kevin Grange left his job as a paramedic in Los Angeles to work in a response area with 2.2 million acres: Yellowstone National Park. Seeking a break from city life and urban EMS, he wanted to experience pure nature, fulfill his dream of working for the National Park Service, and take a crash-course in wilderness medicine. Between calls, Grange reflects upon the democratic ideal of the National Park mission, the beauty of the land, and the many threats facing it. With visitation rising, budgets shrinking, and people loving our parks to death, he realized that - along with the health of his patients - he was also fighting for the life of “America’s Best Idea”.

©2021 Kevin Grange (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Mostly good

This is mostly an interesting title and easily at it's best when he's talking about being in Yellowstone. However that is less than half the book. Overall the stories from the parks are good and entertaining, but then in the 2nd half of the book the California millennial decides he needs to explain politics to you. It's completely out of the blue and adds nothing to the story. Easy solution is to just skip that chapter, but unfortunately the book doesn't ever really gets going again after that.

I'd give the book more like 3.5 stars - but I'll round down since he's white - as a leftist it's what he'd want me to do.

The reader does a good, professional job. As always I'd recommend speeding up the audio a bit, I listened at 1.2x and it sounded great and unrushed.

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A Rescue Personnel’s Favorite kind of Read!

While the intro of the story seems fairly monotone and long winded, the bulk of the book is full of exciting rescue related stories. As a member of the rescue community this book gave me big smile and excitement for the job.

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not as exciting as the title suggests

I really wanted to love this book. I love the National Parks and love high adventure so I thought this would be the perfect intersection of the two. Sadly, although there were some interesting stories most lacked any high drama...I actually can't remember any anecdotes that would have prevented me from putting the book down to listen to the end. What I found annoying was the repeated summing up at frequent intervals to review his awe at being part of his wonderful adventure, to marvel at his co-workers, and to wax rhapsodic about the parks in general. I appreciate he was overwhelmed with gratitude and affection but it would have been more impactfull to hear it once instead of being used as the chorus throughout the book.
With all that said, it is a very introspective book focused more on his "life journey" than a retelling of exciting stories to put one on the edge of one's seat. And, if that's the kind of book you're looking for, you might enjoy it quite a bit.

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exciting!

well written story and good narrative. Really makes you appreciate the folks out risking their lives for us.

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Great read

Loved it. I grew up near a national park and found this a great remember of those special times

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Loved it!

So very well written and performed! Excellent story telling combined with a compassionate, humanitarian viewpoint. I would highly recommend this on Audible.

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An amazing book

A great story that makes you feel the story with amazing highs and saddening lows. Loved the book and a great second book from Kevin Grange.

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stories from an awesome real life hero

great book! read well and thoroughly enjoyed! author's real life stories are instructive and entertaining!

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Not so wild rescues

The title is misleading . I guess I expected a bit more from this book based on the title. It’s an interesting life but I’m sure there are more interesting rescues that could have been captured by interviewing others

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Great find in Audible Plus catalog

I stumbled across this in the Audible Plus catalog and am glad I did. I was more drawn in as the book went along and enjoyed listening to it. The book has sparked an interest in visiting these National Parks and also has me a little scared realizing accidents are anything but ordinary in secluded areas. It also gives great insight on everything that entails this occupation. It made me grateful for those who are willing to do it, since it does a great job at showing how much training and thought are critical in every step of a rescue. It also shows how physically, mentally and emotionally of a toll it can take on those providing these services. Thank you for honestly giving insight to those who are not familiar with this world.

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  • 07-21-22

Honest, Raw, Engaging.

Great insight into the life of a first responder,
thank you for your honest sharing.

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  • Ainslie Divers
  • 04-09-22

Worth a listen for outdoorsy people!

I liked the flow of the reading, great stories and read well so I could envisage in my head what was happening. Interesting listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-22

Interesting experiences

The author shares interesting experiences as an emergency medic with an authentic voice. You understand his world.

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  • Jane
  • 11-19-21

The intro was captivating

Then it veered sideways a bit but the story came back.
I don't think the narrator did it justice.

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  • Katie
  • 09-25-21

The most enjoyable listen

Such a great book, I am absolutely going to buy the hard copy. TOTALLY worth the listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-23-21

Entertaining

Not a bad listen but didn't find the stories were extreme adventures.
Good to listen to while you are out hiking as a reminder things can and do go wrong.

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  • Laani Wright
  • 06-16-21

𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝘁!

He's done it again! Another exciting book from Kevin, this time describing the highs and lows of his role providing rescue services and wilderness medicine to patients in the Yosemite, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Kevin also shares his own experience with work related mental health challenges. His raw honesty and bravery in speaking out about this (I believe), is necessary if we are to break the stigma of mental health conditions within emergency services. I couldn't put this one down. Highly recommend. Thanks for all that you do, Kevin!