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Irons in the Fire | [John McPhee]

Irons in the Fire

Fabulously entertaining and filled with the intriguing trivia of life, Irons in the Fire is another impeccably crafted collection of seven essays by John McPhee. His peerless writing, punctuated with a sharp sense of humor and fascinating detail, has earned him legions of fans across the country.
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Publisher's Summary

Fabulously entertaining and filled with the intriguing trivia of life, Irons in the Fire is another impeccably crafted collection of seven essays by John McPhee. His peerless writing, punctuated with a sharp sense of humor and fascinating detail, has earned him legions of fans across the country. Whether he's riding with a cattle brand inspector in wild and wide-open eastern Nevada or following Plymouth Rock through its various sizes, shapes, and resting places, McPhee provides the listener with an intimate glimpse into ordinary people and the extraordinary interests that shape their lives.

These delightful pieces, including "Irons in the Fire", "Travels of the Rock", "Release", "In Virgin Forest", "The Gravel Page", "Duty of Care", and "Rinard at Manheim", reveal the fascinating worlds hiding right under our noses. Narrator Nelson Runger's studied voice conveys McPhee's understated and thought-provoking writing. If you have never sampled McPhee's inspired prose, this audiobook will turn you into a lifelong fan.

©1997 John McPhee; (P)1997 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"John McPhee has always done one thing particularly well: he writes with clarity and insight about what people do for a living." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Unhurried and good-humored, Runger eases listeners into each nuance of feeling....Whether charming or grim, McPhee's elegant phrases and marvelously choice words are aptly captured." (AudioFile)

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    Richard Los Osos, CA, United States 04-18-13
    Richard Los Osos, CA, United States 04-18-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Great Entertainment In Classic McPhee Style."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This work was 75 % entertainment and 25% education, the inverse of the usual McPhee ratio, in my view anyway. I usually give his books a triple read /listen because they're so informationally packed, but not this one. Still, it was worth the time. But not three times the time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Forensic geology.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Rustling up cattle rustlers.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No- not relevant to a collection of essays.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the wry sense of humor always lurking in the background in what otherwise might be considered a collection of merely interesting topics, nonetheless superbly written about. The narrator was also top-notch in conveying McPhee's subtle humorous undertone. Without that, this might have been a flop.

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    W. Lawliss 06-24-10
    W. Lawliss 06-24-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Interesting, but definitely not Humor"

    While the essays are interesting, the book certainly is not "punctuated with a sharp sense of humor" as the summary states. There is no attempt at humor be it sharp, wry, witty, sarcastic or any other kind. It deliveres on trivia, but the note on humor must be a typo.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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