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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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    Kathryn Walker Texas in the winter, NY in the summer 08-27-12
    Kathryn Walker Texas in the winter, NY in the summer 08-27-12 Member Since 2011

    katiedid

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    "A Novel Novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Invisible Bridge to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print vesion -- loved the audible one.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the kind of novel I can get lost in. I miss it now that I've finished listening. I learned a lot about the 2nd World War and how it affected everyday people in Hungary. It is a perfect book for additional novels about the same characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    anthropologist & avid reader 07-14-12
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    "Reader needs to bone up on French & Hebrew terms"
    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I really like this book, and the narrator did a pretty good job overall, but I was appalled at how he butchered the pronunciation of the French and Hebrew terms (I'm in no position to judge his pronunciation of the Hungarian terms). Is it really so hard to find a reader who is knowledgeable about these other languages? or at least, willing to learn how to pronounce a few words? For the record "charoset" is not "chair-row-set"! Ugh.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 05-08-12
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 05-08-12 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    "What a wonderful book!"
    What did you love best about The Invisible Bridge?

    The list is too long to mention all the things I loved. Firstly, the characters were so real and believable. I could see and feel each one of them. Secondly, it was an eye-opener regarding what the Hungarian Jews went through during the second world war. The writing style was also exceptional.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Adras, but I also loved Tibor and Klara. How do you pick your favourite?


    Which character – as performed by Arthur Morey – was your favorite?

    I think that Andras and Klara were the best portrayed... which is fascinating since a male voice did both of them. But the intonation during Klara's parts was just feminine enough to make it clear that she was speaking without sounding ridiculous.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Invisible Bridge and why?

    Every character was memorable. I can't pick just one.


    Any additional comments?

    This was perhaps one of my favourite audio books of all time, behind only Cutting for Stone and the Outlander series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lilly 10-04-13
    Lilly 10-04-13
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    "Awful Narration"
    Would you listen to The Invisible Bridge again? Why?

    No


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story, htough the start wsa a bit slow.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I speak Hungerian and Hebrew. The Hebrew pronounciation was bearable however the Hungerian was catastrophy. Many words I could not figure out only after several times due to the mispronounciation.


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

    No, It ws too long


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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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    Christine h. 06-18-17
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    "Love the story"

    Wow. This author really has a way of helping you to understand how the characters feel. You don't think much about how and what the people went through during and before World War II. Loved the story.

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    momanna 05-15-17
    momanna 05-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A story of great strength"

    Though a bit long, envisioning the love, life and horrors of Hungarians Jews during WWII was enlightening. I was glad our book club selected this story.

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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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    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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