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A Thousand Naked Strangers - A Paramedic's Wild Ride to the Edge and Back

Kevin Hazzard

A former paramedic's visceral, poignant, and mordantly funny account of a decade spent on Atlanta's mean streets saving lives and connecting with the drama and occasional beauty that lies inside catastrophe. In the aftermath of 9/11 Kevin Hazzard felt that something was missing from his life-his days were too safe, too routine. A failed salesman turned local reporter, he wanted to test himself, see how he might respond to pressure and danger. He signed up for emergency medical training and became, at age twenty-six, a newly minted EMT running calls in the worst sections of Atlanta. His life entered a different realm-one of blood, violence, and amazing grace. Thoroughly intimidated at first and frequently terrified, he experienced on a nightly basis the adrenaline rush of walking into chaos. But in his downtime, Kevin reflected on how people's facades drop away when catastrophe strikes. As his hours on the job piled up, he realized he was beginning to see into the truth of things. There is no pretense five beats into a chest compression, or in an alley next to a crack den, or on a dimly lit highway where cars have collided. Eventually, what had at first seemed impossible happened: Kevin acquired mastery. And in the process he was able to discern the professional differences between his freewheeling peers, what marked each-as he termed them-as "a tourist," "true believer," or "killer." Combining indelible scenes that remind us of life's fragile beauty with laugh-out-loud moments that keep us smiling through the worst, A Thousand Naked Strangers is an absorbing read about one man's journey of self-discovery-a trip that also teaches us about ourselves.

A former paramedic's visceral, poignant, and mordantly funny account of a decade spent on Atlanta's mean streets saving lives and connecting with the drama and occasional beauty that lies inside catastrophe. In the aftermath of 9/11 Kevin Hazzard felt that something was missing from his life-his days were too safe, too routine. A failed salesman turned local reporter, he wanted to test himself, see how he might respond to pressure and danger. He signed up for emergency medical training and became, at age twenty-six, a newly minted EMT running calls in the worst sections of Atlanta. His life entered a different realm-one of blood, violence, and amazing grace. Thoroughly intimidated at first and frequently terrified, he experienced on a nightly basis the adrenaline rush of walking into chaos. But in his downtime, Kevin reflected on how people's facades drop away when catastrophe strikes. As his hours on the job piled up, he realized he was beginning to see into the truth of things. There is no pretense five beats into a chest compression, or in an alley next to a crack den, or on a dimly lit highway where cars have collided. Eventually, what had at first seemed impossible happened: Kevin acquired mastery. And in the process he was able to discern the professional differences between his freewheeling peers, what marked each-as he termed them-as "a tourist," "true believer," or "killer." Combining indelible scenes that remind us of life's fragile beauty with laugh-out-loud moments that keep us smiling through the worst, A Thousand Naked Strangers is an absorbing read about one man's journey of self-discovery-a trip that also teaches us about ourselves.
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A former paramedic's visceral, poignant, and mordantly funny account of a decade spent on Atlanta's mean streets saving lives and connecting with the drama and occasional beauty that lies inside catastrophe. In the aftermath of 9/11 Kevin Hazzard felt that something was missing from his life-his days were too safe, too routine. A failed salesman turned local reporter, he wanted to test himself, see how he might respond to pressure and danger. He signed up for emergency medical training and became, at age twenty-six, a newly minted EMT running calls in the worst sections of Atlanta. His life entered a different realm-one of blood, violence, and amazing grace. Thoroughly intimidated at first and frequently terrified, he experienced on a nightly basis the adrenaline rush of walking into chaos. But in his downtime, Kevin reflected on how people's facades drop away when catastrophe strikes. As his hours on the job piled up, he realized he was beginning to see into the truth of things. There is no pretense five beats into a chest compression, or in an alley next to a crack den, or on a dimly lit highway where cars have collided. Eventually, what had at first seemed impossible happened: Kevin acquired mastery. And in the process he was able to discern the professional differences between his freewheeling peers, what marked each-as he termed them-as "a tourist," "true believer," or "killer." Combining indelible scenes that remind us of life's fragile beauty with laugh-out-loud moments that keep us smiling through the worst, A Thousand Naked Strangers is an absorbing read about one man's journey of self-discovery-a trip that also teaches us about ourselves.

Language:

English

Narrators:

George Newbern

Length:

6h 39m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:32


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:37


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:32


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:08


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

13:19


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:30


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

14:38


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:21


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:42


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

18:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:50


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:58


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:41


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:56


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

13:17


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

10:31


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:20


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:01


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:02


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:19


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

10:17


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:31


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:51


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

10:48


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:13


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

10:44


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

11:54


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

10:53


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

18:53


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:54


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

23:00


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

11:21


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:08


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

14:17


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:02


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

13:53


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:16


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:58


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

11:26


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:09


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:06


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

15:01


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:12


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

01:01