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Publisher's Summary

The instant New York Times best seller

An unforgettable family saga from Markus Zusak, the storyteller who gave us the extraordinary best seller The Book Thief, lauded by the New York Times as "the kind of book that can be life-changing."

"One of those monumental books that can draw you across space and time into another family’s experience in the most profound way." (The Washington Post)

"Mystical and loaded with heart, it's another gorgeous tearjerker from a rising master of them." (Entertainment Weekly)

"Devastating, demanding and deeply moving." (Wall Street Journal)

The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance.

At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge - for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle.

The question is, how far is Clay willing to go? And how much can he overcome?

Written in powerfully inventive language and bursting with heart, Bridge of Clay is signature Zusak.

©2018 Markus Zusak (P)2018 Listening Library

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Hard to follow

This book isn't the book to listen to unless you have long periods of uninterrupted listening time and even then you will find it very hard to follow. If you are set on it, read it, so you can go back and figure out what it is taking about. It jumps from present to past, from brother to brother and then other times you just plain don't know who he is talking about. It is very slow at first and also drags in other parts as well. I'm sorry I devoted so much time to it. It required too much for me to keep track of what they were talking about. Just wasn't for me.

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Not for me

I don't get it. It's probably me. But the droning on by the author as narrator baffles me. I can't help but think it might be a great book if someone else read it. Someone with a little oomph, emotion, enthusiasm, spirit, interest in relaying the message, whatever! I've been listening for a while now and have no idea where this book is going. There have been some beautiful lines and interesting words spoken by the characters, but no imagery, other than a donkey in the living room and a "smiling" piano. I am returning the book.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Beautiful book, beautiful narration

So beautiful! I was a little concerned at first about Markus Zusak reading it. This book was so much better because of it. Loved the book, loved the narrator!

I understand some of the criticism about being hard to follow, but it is well worth it. I started the Book Thief 4 times before I could wrap my head around it. I didn't have any trouble with this one and actually enjoyed how it was woven together.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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WELL WORTH THE WAIT!

If you love The Book Thief and have long awaited another title from Zusak, wait no more. This book was amazing yet different. Heartbreaking and warm. The voice of Matthew telling the story of Clay and his brothers is laugh out loud funny and teary too. It is written with short quick descriptions, as boys often abbreviate their story telling but with love. Zusak read this himself and the performance is outstanding. A fabulous listen right to the end.

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Give it time.

I wasn't sure at the beginning, but the more I listened the more I loved it. it is the story of a real family, told in a unique fascinating way.

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  • Erin Bird
  • Ocean Springs, MS United States
  • 11-13-18

Masterfully written and performed

If you begin this book and are as perplexed as I was, don’t give up on it. You will soon come to love each of the characters, as well as the beautiful imagery. This is the best book I have read in many years. It will touch your heart and change you forever. It is masterfully written and performed.

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An extraordinary listen, beautiful story.

I did not read reviews before starting this, but I know going into a Zusak book, it may be confusing, like, did I miss something? Be assured, Markus will answer all your questions in his own unique way. His writing is poetic and musical. He delivers vivid visuals and intense emotions using minimal words. There is no doubt, as I do with The Book Thief, I will open this book at any random place, read a passage and choke up. To listen to Markus read this book will slay you. It is a wondrous experience to have the author read with all the intended love and emotion he put into writing the story. And hey, I could never tire of that Aussie accent full of "ok" and "you little bastards". If you don't experience all the "feels" being alive has to offer while reading this, you missed a sublime experience. #Brothers #Heartfelt #agirlwithmanynames #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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Overwhelming sadness

Zusak’s lyrical writing evokes strong emotions. This book made me smile now and then, but the emotion for me throughout the book was overwhelming sadness. Some reviewers have said they thought Zusak narrated the book in a monotone. I think he was giving a poetry reading to the rhythm of the metronome that features in the story. I didn’t have any trouble following the jumps in the story from past to present and character to character, but there could have been a bit less of that in some places without losing the impact.

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  • Barbara
  • Columbia, sc, United States
  • 11-08-18

Compelling, heartwrenching tale

Great family saga. The narrator's voice and delivery are perfect for the setting and story.

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  • Jan Durkin
  • Bethel Park, PA United States
  • 11-07-18

Confusing

Sometimes I didn't know which time period was being narrated. Too much skipping back snd forth with no segway. The story had an abundance of soul, though, so I stuck with it.