• Pont Neuf

  • By: Max Byrd
  • Narrated by: Natasha Soudek
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • 3.7 out of 5 stars (8,372 ratings)

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Pont Neuf

By: Max Byrd
Narrated by: Natasha Soudek
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Publisher's summary

Can a young war correspondent find herself and follow her heart? In this work of historical fiction, 20-something Annabella “Annie” March arrives in France in 1944 intending to write about the war. Soon, however, Annie begins to distance herself from her sometimes-mentor, sometimes-rival - the great Martha Gellhorn - and Gellhorn’s larger-than-life husband, the novelist Ernest Hemingway. She turns to photography in the hopes of making her own name and, to her delight, discovers that images come more easily than words.

At a party one night, Gellhorn introduces Annie to a pair of American GIs: the intense, blue-eyed John Michael Shaw, from illustrious New England stock, and the handsome, good-natured Bennett Templeton Adams, a Midwestern boy-next-door. A love triangle between Annie and the two soldiers begins to simmer. As the war against the Axis Powers rages on, Shaw and Adams are called to duty. Shaw is a legend in the trenches, Adams a brilliant tactician, and neither can get Annie March out of his head.

Unbeknownst to Shaw and Adams, Annie has made up her mind - until a snap decision in the face of evil threatens to change everything for all three of them. Told with gripping emotional force and enthralling historical detail, Pont Neuf is an unforgettable story of desire and danger and a harrowing reminder of the uncertainty of war.

Creator Max Byrd, master of the historical novel, and award-winning narrator Natasha Soudek combine forces to deliver a thoroughly engaging and entertaining listen. 

©2019 Max Byrd (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC

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The enigmatic Martha Gellhorn
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Max Byrd

About the Creator

Max Byrd was educated at Harvard. He is the author of scholarly books about 18-century English literature, hard-boiled detective novels, and seven historical novels. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Joseph Ellis has said, "In American historical fiction, Max Byrd is the reigning champion." He writes often for The New York Times Book Review. He lives in northern California with his wife.

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Natasha Soudek

About the Performer

Natasha Soudek is an award-winning narrator and TV actress who has been featured in more than 150 audiobooks and television commercials. Star Trek fans may recognize her as the first blond Vulcan in Trekkie history, Lt. Soudek, from the movie Star Trek New Voyages: Phase 2, and as an excited Vulcan fan with Leonard Nimoy in an Aleve Super Bowl commercial that was seen by more than 130 million people worldwide. Born in Houston, Texas, and raised by German/Austrian immigrants, Natasha is a native German speaker who specializes in Russian accents, historical fiction, sci-fi, and thrillers.

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BORING

I could not get into this even after trying to concentrate and restarting 3 times. I have no idea if the story is well written because the narrator is so dreadfully, painfully slow, monotonous with pauses and ramblings in all the wrong places. Zzzzzzz Not worth even half a star

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Love triangle

It starts off kinda slow as you get to know the main characters, but turns into a gripping love story. It’s the kind of novel where you know it can’t end well but you’re still hoping for Annie March to make the right decision. Great depictions of war. Really fell in love with the characters by the end, as tragic as they are.

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good story, lousy narration

The story was pretty well written, a fascinating blend of history, romance, and the gritty realities of war. However the narrator constantly mispronounced words in both English and French, she also often misread the text. For example she would say Calvary instead of cavalry. Her voice was grinding and unpleasant, especially when she tried to sound like a male character.

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Great book for taking a nap!

As the title says, I downloaded this because I thought it would help me sleep, the narration is slow and soothing. If (like me) you are looking for a solid bedtime book to help you fall sleep, this is the one. If you're looking for a good story from the free originals, I would go with Peter Pan, that's usually a safe bet.

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Couldn't get past chapter 4

The story is worth being told and heard with out the addition of needless expletives.

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Not for me

I didn’t get very far into the story because I found the profanity offensive and just couldn’t get into it. The historical content was interesting as far as I went.

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Unfortunate

I hate to be so blunt but I’m frustrated I didn’t read the (very few) reviews. It drags on. The narrator is slow and it’s very difficult to get into it even after trying twice... exchanging.

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Book was free but still cost my time...

With apologies to those who found this interesting, this may have been the most boring listen I stayed with until the end. I just could not get in to any of the characters or story in general. Made more difficult by a very monotone performance. Also surprised that a period piece had so much vulgar language. Sorry, but just not my thing...

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excellent

I thought it was going to be boring because it was a free audiobook but I was wrong! best audiobook that I have listened to that was not Stephen King. Natasha has such a dynamic, majestic voice that offers a vivid delivery of words. She could read an Allegra textbook and make it sound like a Mark Twain novel.

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The Journey

took me through a war my parents lived through but never talked about...am emotional rollercoaster I could not leave until the ride ended

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