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.
This is another one off a classics-must read list that I don't get. It's not poorly written, but it's kind of boring. I got more out of reflecting on the philosophical questions of why we have to die, how we die, how are we all connected and what is the bridge's meaning than the characters and drama in the book. No offense intended, but this is a book I would limit recomending to people in my mom's generation.
This American classic transcends the years and lifts up my heart. Unfortunately, the poor sound quality, and the dragging slowness of Sam Waterston's stiff, superficial reading were a bit distracting. Thank goodness Audible has a speed adjustment!
This was my first time using this service and over all it was great. Except for a minor mistake., the audio chapters are broken up into 6 chapters : 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. But as you listen to each audio chapter it's actually: 1, 2, 4, 3, 5, 6. It threw me off a little bit, but to me it is something minor. Either way I still loved it and will keep using this service. (two thumbs up!)
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.
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.
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