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The Bridge of San Luis Rey Audiobook

The Bridge of San Luis Rey

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Publisher's Summary

The Bridge of San Luis Rey, first published in 1927, was Thornton Wilder's first major work and won him instant international recognition. The story concerns the lives of five people who fall to their deaths on July 20, 1714, when a rope bridge breaks on a road near Lima, Peru. A humble Franciscan, Brother Juniper, witnesses the accident and determines to learn about the lives of the victims in order to find out whether this accident happened by chance or by plan.

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

What the Critics Say

  • Pulitzer Prize winner

"A masterpiece." (New York Herald Tribune)
"A melancholy narrative of great power, simplicity and beauty." (AudioFile)

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    Donald Milford, PA, United States 01-28-11
    Donald Milford, PA, United States 01-28-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Soothing narration"

    At first I was surprised by the lack of polish in Sam Waterston's narration, for example, you can hear him inhaling at the end of sentences and he provides no change of voice to emphasize characters or moods. However, I quickly concluded that the narration was perfect for this philosophical novella about fate, love, and life. It is like a wise and favorite uncle talking to you. I found it comforting and soothing, as befitting the message of the final section of the book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 05-02-17
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 05-02-17 Member Since 2017

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Beautiful but Distorted Audio"

    Beautiful but Distorted Audio

    This short classic novel has beautiful writing, characters and theme. The writing is personal and magical and I enjoyed every minute.

    The audio is mildly distorted which was non-optimal for listening.

    The narrator is good, but the pacing is off a few times. The audio has very heavy bass and more distortion than in modern digital recordings. This made the listen less appealing than normal, but the material overcomes the audio. If you don't have good bass hearing, you likely should skip this one.

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    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 03-31-17
    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 03-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Don't get the acclaim"

    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.

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    Gary 01-17-17
    Gary 01-17-17 Member Since 2001
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    "Beautiful Story"

    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!

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    Rico 04-16-16
    Rico 04-16-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Over all great."

    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!)

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    JCR 09-16-15
    JCR 09-16-15
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    "Complicated story worth the listen"

    Not a perfect recording. Possibly not the perfect narrator. But an interesting look at the impact of five lives. Worth the listen.

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    Trooston 07-16-15
    Trooston 07-16-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Quick read, classic book"

    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.

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    James Marsh New York, NY United States 04-25-15
    James Marsh New York, NY United States 04-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, poor audio quality"

    Beautiful book but the audio has some issues. Chapters 3&4 were swapped, the transitions are rough and volume is very low.

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    Bill Fayetteville, PA, United States 11-12-12
    Bill Fayetteville, PA, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A well constructed and thoughtful story"
    Would you listen to The Bridge of San Luis Rey again? Why?

    Excellent plot with well developed characters. Universal morality tale.


    What other book might you compare The Bridge of San Luis Rey to and why?

    Graham Greene's "The Power and the Glory."


    What does Sam Waterston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good grasp of characters and ability to express many emotions.


    If you could rename The Bridge of San Luis Rey, what would you call it?

    A Bridge to Eternity


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George Harrisonville, NJ, United States 02-21-12
    George Harrisonville, NJ, United States 02-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "True American Literature"
    If you could sum up The Bridge of San Luis Rey in three words, what would they be?

    Examination of the human heart.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The psychology.


    What does Sam Waterston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The characters were brought to life.


    If you could rename The Bridge of San Luis Rey, what would you call it?

    Lives completed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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