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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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  • 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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Came for the Stories, surprised by the life wisdom

The life of a long haul mover is naturally full of interesting stories from the road, and these are in the book. But Finn Murphy is not only a mover, but a man who has taken the injuries and insults of life, and translated them into the practical philosophies that any of us can use to make our own way. Most people don't like movers, they represent the stress of a major life change, and you just don't trust people with your stuff. Have you ever heard a good mover story? Finn always makes it a point to introduce himself and his crew, and reassure the client that they are professionals, and will do all they can to move the items safely and in a timely manner. He personalizes the job with names and faces rather than simply be objectified as "the Mover". Finn notes that we all have to much stuff, and will pay big bucks to move random junk that is not really needed, and could be donated and later replaced for less money. He also shows that the truck industry is truly "equal opportunity" His life is a clear demonstration that while we may fail sometimes, we can learn from mistakes, and build character by getting back on our feet. Finn is a well read man, who knows the human condition, and can write about it. And he closes his book with a story which you will never forget. Great narrator, great listen.

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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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A Nice Slice of Life Story

I sometimes like to get a book I normally would not choose. It is a good way to find new authors or just a something different. The Long Haul was just such a book. My Dad and my older Brother made a living as truck drivers so this book caught my attention.

Within the trucking industry, there are specialists. For example, my Dad hauled lumber and my Brother hauled heavy equipment. Finn Murphy's specialty is moving. You know, the guys who load everything in your house into a big truck trailer and move it to your new house.

In his book, Finn tells us that movers, called Bed Buggers by other truckers, are the lowest in the trucking industry pecking order, then tells us that it is one of the best paying jobs in trucking. But the book isn't a how-to or recruiting tool. It is an insight to truckers and the trucking lifestyle through well-written and compelling anecdotes from Murphy's many years and miles on the road.

If like me, you sometimes like to read something different, I recommend The Lone Haul.

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Finn Murphy should have narrated this

I was intrigued with Finn Murphy’s story after listening to his interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air. He’s clearly a fascinating guy, with a sharp wit and convivial charm to boot. Unfortunately the narration here failed to remotely capture Murphy’s “voice” or essence, and ruined the book for me. This narrator is better suited for more serious fare perhaps; Finn Murphy has a great sense of humor and an interesting story to tell here, but the narration rendered the book a snooze fest. The audible version would have been much much better served had Finn Murphy narrated it himself. So disappointed.

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Fascinating and well told memoir!

This was a crazy interesting take on this hard job, the industry of moving and truckers, but mostly it left me with a different look at life here in the USA. Good read.

Thanks Finn!

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Extremely enjoyable audible

This is a great audible for anyone. I had no idea what being a long haul mover entailed. This book entwined the details throughout a colorful story with interesting characters. The reader is extremely pleasant to hear. I plan to listen to this one again!!

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True story

I didn't know anything about long haul truckers or movers before I encountered this book. Finn Murphy is an expert and explained everything from the skill involved in packing a truck to the different types of trucks to the pecking order in the trucking world. He shares the highs and the lows - I can't imagine the stress of trying to back up a tractor and 53 foot trailer. I also learned that movers are moving stuff from Point A to Point B - they don't care what it is and they are the ones who have to pay the settlement if anything is damaged or missing so they are very careful.

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Once a mover, always a mover

Loved this book. We owned an antique store for almost a decade in my hometown which is far from a destination. I could relate to so many aspects of this story. Well done!

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