Bridge of Clay

Narrated by: Markus Zusak
Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak. 

From the internationally acclaimed, prize-winning, best-selling author of The Book Thief, here is a story told backwards and inside out.

The five Dunbar brothers are living - fighting, dreaming, loving - in the perfect squalor of a house without grownups. Today, the father who abandoned them is about to walk back in.

But why has he returned, and who have the boys become since he left?

At the helm is Matthew, cynical, poetic; Rory, forever truanting; Henry, the money-spinner; and young Tommy, the pet collector who has colonised the house with dysfunctional pets, including Achilles the mule and Rosy the border collie. 

And then there’s Clay, the quiet one, his whole young life haunted by an unspeakable act.

From the tale of their grandfather, whose passion for the ancient Greeks still colours their lives, to the mother and father who met over a mislaid piano, to the present day, where five sons dwell in a house with no rules, Bridge of Clay is an epic portrait of a ramshackle family and the unburying of one boy’s tragic secret.

©2018 Markus Zusak (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

Praise for The Book Thief: "Brilliant and hugely ambitious." (New York Times)

"A novel of breathtaking scope." (The Guardian)

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And so it was a beautiful story...

This is a story that starts before the beginning and pulls you into the lives of the 5 Dunbar Boys, by the end you will feel like you know each one of them personally. The murderer, The Mule, the old TW and the boy, the beautiful boy, Clay Dunbar. Praise for Markus Zusak, what an accomplishment. I devoured every poetic word you have written. This is a masterpiece, I can highly recommend and will definitely be reading again.

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David - Michelangelo

It took me a while to get excited about the book. I struggle in the beginning to keep track of the different time periods even figuring out the character was a mystery. My view of this changed completely when I finished the book it is as if Zusak wrote a book the way a artist would sculpt something out of stone or marble. There where abstract glimpses into a masterpiece that would only be revealed towards the end.

If you love art you will love every minute of this masterpiece.

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I could not listen to all the blasphemy. It spoils the story. Really sorry, was really looking forward to the book

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  • Aisling
  • 12-26-18

Stick with this one

I almost gave up on this book. I found the story so bleak and violent in the first couple of chapters. I'm so glad I decided to preserve. I found the narration a bit too slow so I turned it to 1.4, which worked well. As the story unfolded I fell in love with the characters, even the mule. a wonderful story, beautifully told

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  • Margot
  • 11-21-18

I wish I loved it

I absolutely loved the book thief so I tried so many times with this book but I just couldn’t get into it. It’s beautifully written but I couldn’t cope with the narration. I will try again by reading the book instead.

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  • Trotpot
  • 11-30-18

Beautiful book - beautifully written and narrated

I was a little nervous of the author narration as I have had a few dodgy listens when narrated by author. However in this case, the author narration brought to life the poetry in the writing. At times I rewound to relisten to some parts they were so beautiful

The story is cleverly plotted across time frames and characters, and drawn together , going in surprising directions at times

Every character is richly described and so easy to bond with - I loved them all and didn’t want story to end

One of my best listens this year

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  • Gerard
  • 04-16-19

Slow burner

Took me so long to get into this book, and with Markus reading it, but it was worth staying with. He'd put his heart and soul into this family story, and you grow to love the characters.

Preferred the Book Thief, but still a must read (listen)..

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  • sophiecook
  • 11-06-18

I tried...

I really wanted to love this book. I knew it was going to be nothing like the Book Thief, I'd even heard Markus Zusak chat about it on Radio 4. I couldn't get beyond the first hour or two, I tried it again and the same thing happened. I just couldn't get the story and I found his voice quite tricky to listen too, quite soporific and grating at the same time. I know it's meant to be brilliant and I think it's my fault and maybe in a few months I'll try again...

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  • Jacqueline W.
  • 03-20-19

Markus Zusak as his best

Every bit as good as The Book Thief. Beautifully written and heartbreakingly sad.

This is not a fast page turner, or a pacy thriller. It is a story of love, of loss, of family and relationships. Markus narrates his story as it's meant to be told, with tenderness, emotion and a gentle pace. This is a book that Is definitely in my top 10.

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  • Lucy Skinner
  • 03-11-19

A heart-warming book!

It took me a while to get used to the narration by Zusak but once I did, I couldn’t stop listening. At times hilarious, moving and beautifully poetic. Zusak knows how to write, very well, that’s for sure, and how to move me to tears! 5 brothers, you want to get to know them all...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-09-19

Bridge of clay

I loved this story, so different, very touching and beautifully written and narrated by the author

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  • Sarah
  • 03-14-19

Loved every minute!

I loved everything about this book. Beautifully written and read. Deeply sad yet wonderfully uplifting. Full of humour and love... Mostly love. Different in so many ways to other books I have listened to, so refreshing. I never wanted it to end

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  • Lynn
  • 10-18-18

Pure pleasure.

Hooked from first to last. Wonderful, heartbreaking,beautiful. I loved The Book Thief now I simply love this author.

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