Again and again, the novelist and playwright Thornton Wilder explores in his works the connections between the commonplace and cosmic dimensions of human experience, always returning to fundamental questions about the meaning of life.
The Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of the true great American classics, has been translated into more than 30 languages. The book won Wilder the first of his three Pulitzer Prizes.
©1927 Albert and Charles Boni Inc., ©1955 renewed by Thornton Wilder; (P)1997 HighBridge Company
"A masterpiece." (New York Herald Tribune)
"A melancholy narrative of great power, simplicity and beauty." (AudioFile)
Beautiful book but the audio has some issues. Chapters 3&4 were swapped, the transitions are rough and volume is very low.
elizabeth in la plata
Actually the story isn't very good! I expected better. And the reader wasn't really suited to this type of book.
Boring story, annoying reader.
A better reader, someone who read it with some heart and volume to the voice.
It wasn't Wilder's problem - it was the reader, Mr. Sam Waterson. I will not buy or listen to anything by Mr. Waterson again.
Low voice and sleepy tonality.
Redo the book with another reader, being careful to the quality of the voice and tonality.
No, I would have them read it
This book was unique; it had features of Hemmingway's Old Man and the Sea
Sam Waterston did a good job, but the audio quality made listening a challenge
No; it is an introspective story
Excellent plot with well developed characters. Universal morality tale.
Graham Greene's "The Power and the Glory."
Good grasp of characters and ability to express many emotions.
A Bridge to Eternity
I didn't like the sound quality at all. It's muffled, which, combined with the somewhat flat reading, makes the story just drone on and on. The story goes into significant depth about the characters, but I simply gave up on starting the second of five stories. While the stories might be interesting, I don't recommend this audiobook on the simple lack of audio quality. You can get a good idea of it in the audio sample.
The concept of the story seems interesting, but ultimately, I was finding the details, coupled with the difficulty in hearing it just not worth the effort.
Certainly a clearer recording - that didn't sound like it was made on a cassette recorder 35 years ago. It must be a rather old recording, transferred from tape.
And as much as I've always liked Sam Waterson as an actor, I found his reading flat to the point of becoming a drone.
Only to try to return the book.
The recording quality is probably a disservice to the writing. Sorry to write such a negative review. I think this might be a book better read off the printed page than this recording.
Examination of the human heart.
The characters were brought to life.
At first I was surprised by the lack of polish in Sam Waterston's narration, for example, you can hear him inhaling at the end of sentences and he provides no change of voice to emphasize characters or moods. However, I quickly concluded that the narration was perfect for this philosophical novella about fate, love, and life. It is like a wise and favorite uncle talking to you. I found it comforting and soothing, as befitting the message of the final section of the book.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
Maybe this book is better taken in via reading it, rather than listening, for it lacked a compelling reason to stay with it. While I did complete the novel, I was left wanting more, wishing it was better, wishing for the profound.
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