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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John McPhee Narrator: Nelson Runger Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2017 ISBN: 9781440798849
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ted | 6/13/2013

    " A peaceful, enjoyable book of meditative profiles of interesting scientists and specialists. Some lulls in interest, and really a set of magazine pieces, but McPhee doing McPhee. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich Biggs | 2/17/2013

    " Absorbing writing by McPhee as usual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maeve | 8/22/2012

    " I read this book for my AP English Composition class as a study on essay writing. It was delightful. John McPhee writes about science and the environment the way most fiction authors write about love affairs and dreams. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 peter | 6/8/2012

    " Just another absolutely great collection of essays from McPhee. Whenever we drive up the 5 freeway we think about the tires. And when I hike in the desert, I think about cattle rustlers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 5/24/2011

    " I would read this book just for the cattle markings throughout the pages. The fact that it is provoking, quick and sharp, and discusses a topic that most people have long forgotten even/ ever existed, makes this book a diamond in a sea of bland, overly language-based narratives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 2/18/2008

    " Typical Mcphee collection - and I intend that as a compliment.

    It's not Hovings, but it's close. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 peter | 5/16/2007

    " Just another absolutely great collection of essays from McPhee. Whenever we drive up the 5 freeway we think about the tires. And when I hike in the desert, I think about cattle rustlers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maeve | 3/30/2007

    " I read this book for my AP English Composition class as a study on essay writing. It was delightful. John McPhee writes about science and the environment the way most fiction authors write about love affairs and dreams. "

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About the Author
Author John McPhee

John McPhee was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and was educated at Princeton University and Cambridge University. His writing career began at Time magazine and led to his long association with the New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since 1965. The same year he published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are, with FSG, and followed with several others.

About the Narrator

Nelson Runger’s voice has been recorded in dozens of audio productions. His ability to convey difficult, scholarly material with eloquence and ease has earned him critical acclaim, including an AudioFile Best Voice in Biography & History for his reading of Nixon and Kissinger.