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A Bridge of Years | [Robert Charles Wilson]

A Bridge of Years

A secluded Pacific Northwest cottage becomes a door to the past for Tom Winter, who travels back to the New York City of 1962, followed by a human killing machine that he alone must stop.
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Publisher's Summary

A secluded Pacific Northwest cottage becomes a door to the past for Tom Winter, who travels back to the New York City of 1962, followed by a human killing machine that he alone must stop.

©1991 Robert Charles Wilson; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Returning to his hometown after a failed marriage, recovering alcoholic Tom Winter purchases a house only to discover that it connects with another time and place - and his desire to 'start over' suddenly becomes a literal possibility. Wilson excels at psychological suspense, as the spiritual and emotional challenges his characters face are as intense as the physical dangers. A solid addition to any sf collection." (Library Journal)

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    Shellbin 10-05-09
    Shellbin 10-05-09 Member Since 2009
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    "absorbing, excellent narration"

    I really enjoyed this outing from 1991, and appreciate the effort the creators took to bringing it to audiobook format. The future predictions from the actual date of the book - 1991 - are amazingly spot on, and as with other RCW books, a lot of time is (well) spent on character development. The different times and places - at least those which we've already lived through - feel quite real.

    I think pitch shifting technology may have been used - to subtle, good effect, to enhance the male narrator's rendition of the female voices. Also, the accent for one of the male characters, who hails from a small town in Washington State, is so spot on it's scary.

    For those who enjoy time travel themed sci-fi, you're in for a treat.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 09-27-09
    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 09-27-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Good Character Study"

    As with his book SPIN, this is not so much a SciFi than a good study of human nature. The SciFi element are just intended to let the reader observe consequences of various cultural perspectives.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Susan FREDERICK, MD, United States 09-24-13
    Susan FREDERICK, MD, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Such an Interesting book"
    What made the experience of listening to A Bridge of Years the most enjoyable?

    I believe in any audible book that the narrator can make or break a book. Jonathan did a fantastic job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Like all of the books I've read by Robert Wilson, his main characters are well thought out, and are believable.
    The story was great! I love the concept of having a home, that is in fact a time machine.
    Also, when Tom went back to 1962, I really felt like I was in New York 1962.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    Everything!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. But I have a life, and have to quarantine time to listen to audio books :-)


    Any additional comments?

    I read or listen to books for fun. I am able to dispel my reality, and get into stories that are as good as this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    miller 06-22-14
    miller 06-22-14

    How in the world did I ever mow the lawn before audible?

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    "I loved this book"
    What did you love best about A Bridge of Years?

    I've been very lucky, having found some very unique stories lately. This was no exception. Fantastic time listening to this book. You've never heard anything like it.


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    Paul 06-20-14
    Paul 06-20-14
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    "Classy. Smooth. Enjoyable reading."

    A very enjoyable book. This novel is a good display of RCW's smooth writing style. By the title you know going in that the book deals with time travel, and I was impressed with how effortless RCW tied different stories together and skipped around in time without confusing the reader. The novel is heavy with 1960s nostalgia, and while I personally would prefer less of that and more hard core sci-fi, this book is easily four stars.

    Jonathan Davis is superb, as usual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 06-02-12
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 06-02-12 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "More like an elevator"

    In the beginning the elevator is up. We have a rogue military cyborg attacking the time traveler. Then the elevator goes down and we are deep into the depressing life of a man whose wife has left him for another man. Back up for the discovery of a mysterious tunnel under the house and where does it lead? Back down for the romance that is not quite a romance. Up for the nano machines and the rebuilding of a human. We go up for one floor as we start a war and hold steady for a long fight scene, ending down for tying up depressing loose ends.

    My point here is that the story goes up and down and when it is up, it is very good and when it is down, it is very depressing. RCW, like usual goes for some character development, which he does well, the question is do we really care about his characters? In other books I have, but in this one the main character is just a love sick whinny baby. There is more Sci-Fi in this book then some of his other books and it is pretty cool.

    Wilson borrows a little from Simak's Way Station and a lot from Michael Kube-McDowell's Alternites, both good books. I just wonder if time travel has been overdone.

    If you have not read Wilson before, you want to start with Spin or Mysterium.

    Jonathan Davis, the narrator has a slow melancholy voice which would best be suited for reading obituaries.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Troy Brandon, FL, United States 10-21-11
    Troy Brandon, FL, United States 10-21-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Narration is poor and story is not Wilson's best."

    I know people like Jonathan Davis' narration but it drives me crazy. Scott Brick would have done a better job. As for the story, it is not one of Wilson's best. I love his writing but this is no Spin, Vortex, or Julian Comstock.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    bionichands washington, d.c. area 04-30-12
    bionichands washington, d.c. area 04-30-12 Member Since 2009

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    "ugh."

    Only made it through half of this audiobook before I gave up. Just too slow for my tastes. I give Wilson credit for fleshing out his characters into real people with real problems, but I mostly just found them real dull. Its a strange problem, because the book opens up with a stirring gun battle that raises all sorts of questions about what lies ahead. Unfortunately, few of those questions are answered anytime soon, as the main character mopes about his divorce or contemplates the arrangement of his sock drawer.

    The slowness issue is exacerbated by the narrator. I listen to a ton of audiobook and my least favorite performance is the slow, quiet, overly earnest, NPR style delivery. Its a narration style seemingly designed to soothe the reader to sleep. Honestly, I am not sure if the book is as slow and dull as I think it is or if the narrator just read it that way.

    5 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Montclair, VA, United States 04-30-12
    Jason Montclair, VA, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "ugh."

    Only made it through half of this audiobook before I gave up. Just too slow for my tastes. I give Wilson credit for fleshing out his characters into real people with real problems, but I mostly just found them real dull. Its a strange problem, because the book opens up with a stirring gun battle that raises all sorts of questions about what lies ahead. Unfortunately, few of those questions are answered anytime soon, as the main character mopes about his divorce or contemplates the arrangement of his sock drawer.

    The slowness issue is exacerbated by the narrator. I listen to a ton of audiobook and my least favorite performance is the slow, quiet, overly earnest, NPR style delivery. Its a narration style seemingly designed to soothe the reader to sleep. Honestly, I am not sure if the book is as slow and dull as I think it is or if the narrator just read it that way.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 05-31-14
    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 05-31-14 Member Since 2007

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    "Different from other Wilson books"

    Eschewing his usual galaxy-spanning world building, this novel is set mainly in two eras of recent Earth history: 1989 and 1962. While Wilson is extremely talented at creating strange, alien worlds, he does not use those talents here. I didn’t feel like the eras were depicted in a very compelling way. Another difference is that rather than tell a tale of cosmic proportions, this novel is very personal and meditative. There are a few action sequences, but Wilson seems much more interested in examining the effects that time travel has on the life philosophies of the various characters. The end result is a slow moving novel that did not spark my imagination the way many of this author’s other books have.

    [I listened to this as an audio book read by Jonathan Davis. He was an adequate reader, but I found his pace too slow. I ended up listening at 1.5 speed and that felt perfect.]

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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