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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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  • Chad
  • Jane Lew, WV
  • 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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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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A Hidden Treasure

I had never heard of this book or of Finn Murphy before however I heard him being interviewed on a podcast so thought that with the Audible return policy (if you don't like it, return it!) I decided that I had nothing to lose.

This is a real little hidden treasure. Finn tells us how he, a college bound young man decides to walk away from academia and the comforts of his middle class life in order to become a road warrior.

So many tales to tell. Not all of them happy and some made me reach for the Kleenex. Also I was very interested to learn a little about the world of logistics. So much more to the 'moving business'. Had I known perhaps I would have been a little nicer and perhaps kinder to our movers of the years. There have been many moves and I blush when I think about how grumpy and unwelcoming I was.

A thoroughly enjoyable listen enhanced by a lovely performance by Danny Campbell.

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Surprisingly interesting!

The mark of a good writer is to take a subject that would appear to be boring or something you, as the reader, have absolutely no interest in, and not only make you interested but make you love the story. And I loved this story. (Anyone who reads my reviews knows I don't love much!)

I had this on my wish list when it first came out, heard the author on NPR but didn't buy it till it was on sale. But it's well worth a whole credit.

Living in NM, I loved that part of story--it was so touching--but all of the vignettes, descriptions, and information about what the life of a mover is like was fascinating.

I am curious about what Murphy did in the "middle years" when he wasn't a mover and why he was so angry when he was young. Usually when I have unanswered questions I'm annoyed, and feel like the author is holding back--don't mention it if you aren't going to tell the story or give the reader some insight--but this was one of those rare cases where the narrative was so tightly focused, I was ok with it.

As for the audio narrator, not someone I've heard before, but he was spot on.

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  • Frank
  • Mill Cree, Washington
  • 12-27-17

A good read

I could do without the descriptions of sex toward the end, but the story was overall very good. Quite a few times I laughed out loud.

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Finn Murphy.

Interesting.

Finn tries to portray himself as a happy go lucky individual. Unfortunately the stories paint a darker picture. A person who is still angry at life and perhaps himself

Walking away feeling sad

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Long haul review

it was pretty interesting to me because I always wanted to know what it was like to drive a tractor trailer for a living.

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  • Tameka
  • RHINEBECK, NY, United States
  • 05-12-18

entertaining even if you're not a trucker...

Mr. Murphy is great storyteller. I enjoyed both the book and the narration. Highly recommend if you have any curiosity about life on the road and you just enjoy good stories.

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Very true stuff! Good creative humor!

This is a good one to listen to. Had a lot of good stories, and really told it like it was. He’s extremely honest in this! Obviously his stories are creative but the overall life of a trucker is on point!

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Interesting but Impersonal

Great premise for an original book about a professional mover. While I stayed interested, I didn’t feel I got to know the author at all. Why did he go into the moving business? Why did he leave it for a number of years? Why did he go back to it? Many gaps here, would have liked to know him better.

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