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The Long Haul

A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road

By Finn Murphy
Narrated by Danny Campbell / 8 hours

More than thirty years ago, Finn Murphy dropped out of college to become a trucker.

Since then he's covered hundreds of thousands of miles packing, loading, and hauling people's belongings all over America. Murphy whisks listeners down the I-95 Powerlane, across the Florida Everglades, in and out of the truck stops of the Midwest, and through the steep grades of the Rocky Mountains.

He tells funny, poignant, and haunting stories of the people he moves: a hoarder in New Hampshire; a Virginia homeowner raging when Murphy's truck accidentally runs down a stand of trees; a widow rushing her archaeologist husband's remains and relics to a Navajo burial ceremony in New Mexico.

Brimming with personality and great characters, The Long Haul explores the appeal of manual labor and shows what happens behind the scenes when we call the movers.

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“The Long Haul is funny and sad and wise, and it shows us the lives of people we depend on.”

Matthew B. Crawford, bestselling author of Shop Class as Soulcraft

“The Long Haul comes at a politically relevant moment, with a pleasing balance of humor, wisdom and unvarnished insights into a way of life that makes the American way of life possible.”

Mark Vanhoenacker, bestselling author of Skyfaring

Reviews

“The Long Haul can be almost shamefully enjoyable, allowing readers to have their fix of ‘fabulous-life-of’ porn and class outrage, too. . . . [T]he stories Murphy tells . . . my goodness, how astonishing they are, and how moving, and how funny.”

Jennifer Senior, New York Times Book Review

“Like priests, movers shepherd us through life’s transitions; like cowboys, truckers drive the roads we’ll never know. Both see America in ways the rest of us don’t. In The Long Haul, Murphy . . . bring[s] us into his semi-mythic world.”

Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker

About the Author

Finn Murphy grew up in Connecticut and now lives in Colorado. He started working as a long-haul trucker in 1980. The Long Haul is his first book.


Related Reading

Finn Murphy's Website

New York Times Review of The Long Haul

Finn Murphy on C-SPAN

Finn Murphy Interview
Libro.fm Blog

Author
Narrator Danny Campbell
ISBN 9781681686523
Length 8 hours
Language English
Publisher HighBridge
Publication Date
Edition Unabridged
Libro.fm Rank #419 Overall
Genre Rank #50 in Biography & Memoir
 
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