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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (897 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John McPhee Narrator: John McPhee Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From Pulitzer Prize-winner John McPhee, author of The Founding Fish, comes the fascinating story of an often overlooked, yet vitally important part of America. This first-hand account of the transportation sector features evocative portraits of the men and women who deliver our consumer and industrial goods.

McPhee begins his adventure riding with Don Ainsworth, owner and operator of an 18-wheeler hauling nearly 30 tons of highly toxic chemicals from North Carolina to Washington. He continues his journey on a towboat pushing over 1,000 feet of barge up the narrow channel of the Illinois River. He rounds out his account crawling through Nebraska, Kansas, and the Powder River Basin of Wyoming in massive coal trains. Along the way, he tells the stories of the people he meets and the places he visits. McPhee's sense of humor, incisive observations, and historical asides make for a highly entertaining journey across America. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Matt | 2/7/2014

    " John McPhee shadows a chemical tanker truck driver across the country, a barge captain on the Illinois river and a train engineer for a >1 mile long coal train in Wyoming among other things. I like this book. Highlights included ruminations on how much gasoline truck drivers use up idling in truck stops heating or air-conditioning there cabs (answer: a lot), and a tour of the UPS central processing center which is basically a fully automated maze of like 12 or 15 levels of conveyor belts moving packages in a 500 acre building in the middle of the Louisville KY airport. McPhee has a good eye for people too, so this book is a good mix of him talking with people and him musing about the things they do. No shortage of interesting trivia facts here. I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Blaire | 1/15/2014

    " I read very little non-fiction, but I like everything John McPhee writes. There's really noone like him. Whatever the topic he's writing about, I find the structure of his books fascinating. This one is no exception. The other thing I like about him is that he manages to insinuate himself into corners of our society that are very specialized and outside of most people's experience so that he can live what he's writing about. It ends up being a very intimate view of his subject rather than mere reportage. If you've never read one of his books, I heartily recommend him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Champaign Public Library | 12/28/2013

    " This is another title I read for book club and not one I would pick up on my own. Everyone else seems to know who John McPhee is but I was not familiar with his work. Uncommon Carriers is about the people who transport materials with large vehicles - semis, UPS, barges, etc. with a brief essay on duplicating Walden's trek on a river. While this is not my style and I did struggle to get through some of the essays, it was very well written and highly regarded by his fans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Levi | 12/23/2013

    " Totally fascinating. I bring it up in conversation frequently. "

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