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The Bridges of Madison County

Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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The legendary love story and the major motion picture starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. This is the story of Robert Kincaid, the photographer and free spirit searching for the covered bridges of Madison County, and Francesca Johnson, the farm wife waiting for fulfillment of a girlhood dream. It shows listeners what it is to love and be loved so intensely that life is never the same again.

©1992 Robert James Waller (P)2013 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

Narrators Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale bring out the beautiful simplicity of this love story about a photographer who shows up in a small town in the Midwest and meets a married woman. As the narrators alternate chapters, both offer performances that reflect the natural development of the love affair that develops. The gentle narration keeps the story focused on themes of self-fulfillment and true love, rather than on issues of morality. O’Hara and Pasquale complement each other’s performance with consistent renditions of Richard’s steady speech, reflecting his contemplative nature, and the foreign-born Francesca’s slight accent and soft voice. The dual narration adds to the effectiveness of this quietly stirring romance." (AudioFile magazine) 

"An erotic, bittersweet tale of lingering memories and forsaken possibilities." (Publishers Weekly

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Like a beautiful photograph

Just like its subject matter, this book or, better yet, novella leaves you thinking of it like a beautiful photograph, yearning to learn more about its subject. It is written with gorgeous, lyrical prose. The two main characters are incredibly human. I wish that the author did describe the bridges a bit more - which have become the iconic remainder landmark of this book's output.

I was super excited that the narrators are the original Broadway cast members of the new musical version of the story. Both Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale are incredibly talented. All we are missing here is hearing them sing. I'm going to go listen to the cast recording next. :-)

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Never Go Wrong With Love

Awesome love story! Robert and Francesca had their life span together in four days. Children understood their mother falling in love with Robert.

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Beautiful stort

I've never read a book quite like this. It's an extremely beautiful, haunting love story

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I couldn't love it more!

I'll admit I'm a huge fan of this movie and decided to download the audiobook so I could relive it whenever I wanted. I've listened to it probably at least a dozen times. I sometimes have trouble sleeping and putting this on and listening for a while (sometimes listening to the whole thing on nights when sleep just eludes me completely) - is so soothing. The story is beautiful and the narration is just perfect. I highly recommend it.

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Love

When I think of what love is, I think of the contents of this book. I could listen to this book every day and never get tired of it. It speaks to me in a way that no other love story ever has.

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Favorite love story!

This book, movie, story makes me feel so sad and intense more than any other one EVER! To me, it means having a love so rare and perfect but not being able to let it out so to speak. Hiding and keeping a secret from anyone but yourself... longing and using the memories of only 4 days to get you through the rest of a somewhat lonely and sacrificing life. I will listen and watch this story over and over again!

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A truly unique love story. Didn't want it to end

Loved it as much as the 1st time 30 years ago. Narrators were the best

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  • Lira D.
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  • 10-03-19

Made me bawl, just like the movie does

I didn't expect to have such a strong reaction to the book like I do when I watch the movie... but boy did I?! I know a lot of people have a lot of hate for stories written about infidelity, but to me, there's just something different about this story and I just love this story. I love these characters and their story. And wow! The movie took verbatim lines from the book and put it in the movie. I listened to it in one day, in almost one sitting... At one point I had to stop what I was doing and just sob as I listened to the story. The narration was very well done. I will definitely listen again. Just Wow!

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Can’t listen just once.

This is a book and now audiobook that I come back to over and over again. It touches me somewhere deep where few things reach. I have known and loved men who had bits of Robert Kincaid in them, but only bits. I return to this when I need to feel something deep inside me, to remind me that I can still feel, even if it is only for fictional characters. Have tissues ready. The epilogue is brilliant.

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beautiful story

I really liked this book, I cried at the very end when the Jazz Musician was talking about Robert.