The Last Season

  • by Eric Blehm
  • Narrated by Jonathan Davis
  • 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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A fascinating account

“The Last Season” by Eric Blehm examines the life and death of National Park Ranger Randy Morgenson. During his 28 years as a park ranger, Morgenson was stationed as a back country ranger in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon mountain range. Morgenson mysteriously disappeared in 1996; his body was not found until 2001.

Blehm examines the life of Morgenson and reveals a contradictory figure. He could be considered a dedicated naturalist or an environmental zealot. Apparently, by all accounts, Blehm indicates Morgenson conducted himself with complete professionalism in his encounters with visitors to the park system, and he risked his life to assist loss or missing park visitors. The book provides a good description of what the life of a back country ranger is all about on a daily basis.

Blehm reveals that at the time of Morgenson’s disappearance he was at a crossroads in his personal life. He was in the middle of a divorce, had an affair with a female ranger and had become fatalistic about his life. Blehm explores the various theories as to what happened to the ranger. The official report is accidental death.

The book is well written and thoroughly researched. The book is part biography and part detective story. Blehm provides some great descriptions of the Sierra Nevada back country. Jonathan Davis does an excellent job narrating the story. The book is moderately long at almost thirteen hours.
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- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."

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!
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- Melinda Ecker

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-17-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios