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William

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  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Thornton Wilder
    • Narrated By Sam Waterston
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (138)

    Wilder's stories consistently explored the connections between the commonplace and cosmic dimensions of human experience, always returning to fundamental questions about the meaning of life. This Pulitzer Prize-winning tale concerns the lives of five people who fall to their deaths from a Peruvian rope bridge in 1714. A humble Franciscan, Brother Juniper, witnesses the accident and determines to learn about the lives of the victims in order to find out whether this accident happened by chance or by plan.

    Tobin says: "Compact novel about fate, destiny"
    "Is Waterson dying?"
    Overall

    I started listening to this audiobook having forgotten that Sam Waterson was the narrator, if I ever knew. Fifteen minutes into it I wondered who was the terminally-ill emphysemic Audible had recruited to ruin this download for me. I was shocked to read it was an actor, a well-known one at that.
    Waterson is constantly running out of breath at the end of sentences. His tone lacks all nuance, let alone any emotion. It is dry, dull, gasping, wheezing, colorless and hard to hear.
    Otherwise, Waterson is a fine choice.
    Don't quit your day job, Sam.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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