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Publisher's Summary

More than 30 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.
©2017 Finn Murphy (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Chad on 03-01-18

Shines a whole new light on moving industry

Would you listen to The Long Haul again? Why?

"The Long Haul" was a fun and often fascinating account about an industry of which I knew almost nothing. The performance of the book was very good, and it kept me eager to hop back in my car to keep listening. Murphy's description of minute details in the industry could be seen as dull and boring, but his adept writing style seamlessly weaves these into a beautiful narrative that made me grateful for learning these specifics. I did really feel that I learned much from the book, beyond it providing a great deal of pleasure. I look forward to listening to it again and again, and I'm sure others will, too.

What other book might you compare The Long Haul to and why?

It's interesting that "The Long Haul" would probably be considered a road story, yet there is so much depth to it that it almost seems unfair to pigeon hole it in any single category. It reminded me of some of the great works of fiction I've read in the past - yet this story was undoubtedly real.

Which character – as performed by Danny Campbell – was your favorite?

The only real constant character in the book is Finn Murphy himself, but we are introduced to a number of folks who pass through along the way. Finn is a person with great depth and complexity. He carries this book quite well.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many moments where I laughed aloud, or was quite touched. I think perhaps the most moving parts were those in which Murphy explains the lives of long-haul movers, and how we as the American public tend to treat them as faceless parts of an untrustworthy industry. I know I am guilty of this myself. It made a great impact on me that Mr. Murphy held a mirror up to our faces and spelled out quite well that movers are like anyone else, and have feelings just like us all, and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.

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5 out of 5 stars
By william joyce on 06-11-17

A heartfelt and side bursting account of life on the road

Finn captures life in the road, the characters commonly encountered along the way and a sociological view of the country from a ground floor masterfully. Every second of the read was amusing and interesting with the only gripe being that there wasn't more to listen to. 5/5

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