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The Invisible Bridge Audiobook

The Invisible Bridge

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Publisher's Summary

Julie Orringer's astonishing first novel, eagerly awaited since the publication of her heralded best-selling short-story collection, How to Breathe Underwater, is a grand love story set against the backdrop of Budapest and Paris, an epic tale of three brothers whose lives are ravaged by war, and the chronicle of one family's struggle against the forces that threaten to annihilate it.

Paris 1937. Andras Lvi, a Hungarian-Jewish architecture student, arrives from Budapest with a scholarship, a single suitcase, and a mysterious letter he has promised to deliver to C. Morgenstern on the rue de Svign. As he falls into a complicated relationship with the letters recipient, he becomes privy to a secret history that will alter the course of his own life.

Meanwhile, as his elder brother takes up medical studies in Modena and their younger brother leaves school for the stage, Europe's unfolding tragedy sends each of their lives into terrifying uncertainty. At the end of Andrass second summer in Paris, all of Europe erupts in a cataclysm of war.

From the small Hungarian town of Konyr to the grand opera houses of Budapest and Paris, from the lonely chill of Andrass room on the rue des coles to the deep and enduring connection he discovers on the rue de Svign, from the despair of Carpathian winter to an unimaginable life in forced labor camps and beyond, The Invisible Bridge tells the story of a love tested by disaster, of brothers whose bonds cannot be broken, of a family shattered and remade in history's darkest hour, and of the dangerous power of art in a time of war.

Expertly crafted, magnificently written, emotionally haunting, and impossible to put down, The Invisible Bridge resoundingly confirms Julie Orringer's place as one of todays most vital and commanding young literary talents.

©2010 Julie Orringer (P)2010 Random House

What the Critics Say

"To bring an entire lost world....to vivid life between the covers of a novel is an accomplishment; to invest that world, and everyone who inhabits it, with a soul, as Julie Orringer does in The Invisible Bridge, takes something more like genius." (Michael Chabon)

“Profound love, familial bonds and the deepest of human loyalties play out against the backdrop of unimaginable cruelty. . . . A stunning first novel.” (Los Angeles Times)

“One of the best books of the year.” (Junot Diaz)

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    esrodin Washington, DC 09-06-10
    esrodin Washington, DC 09-06-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Trite and Better Read Than Heard"

    Trite and yammering, full of unnecessary and boring detail, and narrated by one of the worst readers I have ever heard: his voice is grating, he has no ability to effect different voices for different characters...and TOTALLY butchered the large amount of French in the book. It's inexcusable that someone with so little knowledge of or ability to speak a language as common as French should narrate a book like this. Who KNOWS what he did to the Hungarian?!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ilene Gottlieb Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 02-15-17
    Ilene Gottlieb Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 02-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A powerful telling of the story"

    This book was so powerful that it drew out emotion from the deepest part of me at different points in the story. It is not just a story, it is THE story of a horrible time in humanity's history. But the author writes this story so beautifully and the characters are developed in such Detailed and pure way that you feel as if you were experiencing everything right there with them no matter how horrible it is. It is worth the read for it honors all who have come before us and the experience of World War II that was theirs. Blessings

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    CEK 12-28-16
    CEK 12-28-16
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    "Like nails on a chalkboard"
    What would have made The Invisible Bridge better?

    Different narrator


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Couldn't finish the book because of the narrator


    Any additional comments?

    I can only listen to this an hour at a time because of the narrator. Time will tell if the story is good enough to put up with it until the end.

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    Leann 12-13-16
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    "Great writing technique, and wonderful, level read"

    The book has a lot of build up to the "action" of the war, and I've heard some negative comments about the sentimentality of the writing. However, I found it beautifully written and wonderfully performed!

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    Jennifer 12-02-16
    Jennifer 12-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "very slow and drawn out"

    it's was a good story just hard a slow pace and super drawn out story.

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    Kent Samuelson Austin, TX 05-17-16
    Kent Samuelson Austin, TX 05-17-16

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    "Long and a bit tedious"

    Good story but beat to death towards the end. Exhausting. Too much introspection. Enough already.

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    Mark Baumgarten 04-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Must read"

    This book contains a story that represents the experiences of my family during WWII and thereafter. While readers might believe it is fiction, to their dismay it is not. Incredibly written and read.

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    Susi Paulina Philadelphia 04-10-16
    Susi Paulina Philadelphia 04-10-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Great story, however long with amazing detail"

    The prior reviews about the long droning narrator are correct. The story and writing this amazing epic novel is worth the hours of listening. A story centered in Hungry during WWII is less popular than than many of this genre. A spectacular novel of historical fiction, including love, action, crime, family dynamics, all during European unrest. I recommend this to a WWII fiction lover. A must. Yes narrator could be better, not the worst by far. Click purchase🙂

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    Mike 12-09-15
    Mike 12-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Heavy but great storytelling"

    Most stories involving WWII in Europe contain dark themes and difficult to hear details. But This one is told with an incredibly interesting storyline of a young Hungarian Jew who begins as a student in Paris. Important historical fiction for us to hear again today and stay aware of to avoid past mistakes.

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    Susan oakland, ca, United States 11-04-15
    Susan oakland, ca, United States 11-04-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Great story bad reading"

    I cannot understand why this reader didn't pronounce so many words correctly. I would think that when preparing to do a story with so many unfamiliar words that you would do your homework. Really spoiled sections of this story for me.

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