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)
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.
Sam waterston has a wonderful voice but t sometimes trails off so you need to listen carefully. He does put emotion in the story which makes this classic come alive.
Beautiful book but the audio has some issues. Chapters 3&4 were swapped, the transitions are rough and volume is very low.
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
Examination of the human heart.
The characters were brought to life.
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.
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