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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (885 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert James Waller Narrator: Jim Bond Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597107822
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At last, the rest of the story.

Ten years and twelve million copies after the first printing of The Bridges of Madison County, Robert James Waller brings to a poignant conclusion his story of the love affair between a wandering photographer and the conventional wife of an Iowa farmer. This stirring conclusion is for everyone who loved The Bridges of Madison County.

Now, Robert Kincaid initially finds himself with little but memories; memories of a lonely existence lived mostly on the road and memories of Francesca Johnson, the woman whose passion he stirred so briefly and with such power.

So, with his memories pushing him, searching for something undefined, something to give meaning to the rest of his life, Kincaid takes to the road again in what becomes a journey of discovery and surprise.

With his dog Highway beside him in an old truck named Harry, Kincaid begins a long winding run back to Roseman Bridge in Madison County, Iowa, returning to the place of his great love affair.

Living her own solitary life, Francesca still visits Roseman Bridge and reflects on her days with Robert Kincaid. Cherishing the memory of the strange, wandering man who changed her world, she vows to search for him.

On the expedition he calls Last Time, Kincaid wanders through Oregon, northern California, eastward to the Dakotas, and on to Iowa. Along the way, a chance encounter with a woman from his distant past reveals another dimension of his life that he could not have imagined.

Finally, in a Seattle bar called Shortys, where saxophonist Nighthawk Cummings still plays on Tuesday nights, Kincaid turns in his chair, looking inward and outward at the same time, and smiles at what he sees sitting before him.

And so it comes, the ultimate loner finds he is not as alone as he once believed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “After ten long years, Robert James Waller takes us back to Bridges—and it’s worth the trip.”

    Time

  • “A serious writer who wrestles with the big issues. Death. Aging. Loneliness. The inevitable humiliations that physical frailty brings.”

    USA Today

  • “Waller is a gifted writer in many ways, with a deft turn of phrase and a keen sense of setting.”

    Library Journal

  • “Jim Bond offers a transparent portrayal of Waller’s commentary, told in a style that resembles the Iowa landscape. Exaggerated characterizations of the more colorful bit players in the story heighten the solemnity of the main characters’ emotional involvement and their soul-searching reveries…The book comes alive with Bond’s thoughtful interpretation.”

    AudioFile

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Japi | 2/16/2014

    " Great conclusion to BRIDGES OF MADISON COUTY! However it still leaves a lot of question to the reader and well...hoping that there's more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachael | 2/12/2014

    " Somethings should just be left alone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 T.M. Waltman | 2/12/2014

    " liked it but it left Frabcisca hanging after she left the bridge when she saw Robert driving away ... the story in general was sad in both books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dinda | 2/4/2014

    " well... compare to the firts book, i dont really like this one. but it's good to know how the 'forbidden love' ends :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/23/2014

    " A wonderful follow-up to the first book. The characters are just as pure and real; however, I was hoping for more interaction between the original characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vikki | 1/22/2014

    " This is an epilogue of Bridges of Madison County. He went to bridge. She went to bridge-after years of their four days together. I must say the book did tear me up at the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda Bishop | 1/19/2014

    " totally and completely awesome !!!! Must read !! not your usual sequel "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arlene | 1/13/2014

    " At last, the rest of the story about the lovers of Madison County. Very satisfying. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 1/8/2014

    " Disappointed but had to try "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 fyc | 12/29/2013

    " It's sad and it's happy. I find myself wishing that he and Francesca would have met again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dot | 12/21/2013

    " Not quite as good as the original, but still a real good cry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 12/19/2013

    " This was a quick read, but I never became too involved in the story. I thought The Bridges of Madison County was much better. I would have been happy with the way that book ended. I really didn't need to read this "Epilogue". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy Otto | 12/15/2013

    " A pretty good quick, light read. Some memorable one-liners to quote. But I didn't think it made _Bridges_ any more complete than it already was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nonie | 12/12/2013

    " Sequel to Bridges of Madison County. I like the way the author puts words together & builds suspense. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barkingmadcat | 12/11/2013

    " I stuck with this because I liked the first book in the trilogy. Barely finished it. The first book was stunning but I feel like I've lost something by reading this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Debbie | 8/20/2013

    " A sequel to Bridges of Madison County. Rather useless as a story. Poorly written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sephie | 8/11/2013

    " I had to find out if they were reconciled but, although I enjoyed the poignancy, I was a bit irritated by the 'near misses'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 5/13/2013

    " my favorite storie of all times!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 3/15/2013

    " A stunning conclusion to one of my favourite books. I reccomend reading the a box of tissues! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teri Safranek | 2/11/2013

    " Fun to read about details left out of Bridges of Madison County. Interesting that he mentions photos that the main character Robert Kincaid took in the last book that I read, Puerto Vallarta Squeeze. I enjoy reading his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana | 10/31/2012

    " Sorry to see how it ended, but it did work for me. Not all things turn out the way that you expect them to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 5/18/2012

    " This book tells what happened next to the main characters in the love story The Bridges of Madison County. It's a good sequel, but not as emotionally charged as the first book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Juli Ryan | 11/8/2011

    " A disappointing epilogue to The Bridges of Madison Country. Easy read, but I don't feel that very much at all was added to the original story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manecita_1972 | 10/31/2011

    " Me dejo muy sorprendida , conocer la historia sobre que sucedio despues que Robert Kincaid se fuera "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcy Reiz | 9/9/2011

    " Provided more insight to the character of Robert Kincaid and his life before and after Iowa. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gretchy | 5/29/2011

    " totally anti-climatic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peg | 4/12/2011

    " If you liked The Bridges of Madison County, this is a suitable epilogue. It is short and relatively satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 3/2/2011

    " LOVED BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY AND I LOVED THIS EPILOGUE. I READ IT IN 3 HOURS. LOVED IT!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/30/2011

    " to me, i didnt think the author needed to bring in a 'son'.
    the movie was about robert and francesca, this book should
    of been about robert and francesca ONLY. but thats just my opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heini | 1/7/2011

    " The sequel to Bridges of Madison County is brilliant. Waller knows how to write straight into my soul! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 12/17/2010

    " totally and completely awesome !!!! Must read !! not your usual sequel "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 XMC | 12/14/2010

    " A romantic adult book that describes humane emotions clearly. The bridge is symbolizing the match between Fransica and Robert.
    kinda like the content of the book, but not for my age. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 11/22/2010

    " It was only ok. Robert Kincaid wasn't that interesting in his personal life. It was his professional life that was exciting. The story lacked the allure of the Bridges of Madison County. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amita | 9/12/2010

    " Still does not wrap it up like I thought it would but does bring us a surprise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathee | 7/19/2010

    " Easy, predictable, probably just written to shut people up about the characters. Did Robert Kincaid really have to die just after he found an important part of his life, his son?! BUT, a pretty enjoyable beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vikki | 5/13/2010

    " This is an epilogue of Bridges of Madison County. He went to bridge. She went to bridge-after years of their four days together. I must say the book did tear me up at the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patsy | 4/10/2010

    " It was not as good as the first book but I thought it was a nice way to tie up loose ends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nema | 2/6/2010

    " I really loved it. I'm usually not a fan of Romance. But this was a tender, capturing and tantalizing!
    One of the novels that made me feel it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 12/2/2009

    " An epilogue to "The Bridges of Madison County". It tells what happened to Robert Kincaid and Francesca Johnson. I like this writer. "

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