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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,347 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thornton Wilder Narrator: Sam Waterston Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2002 ISBN: 9781598873009
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A Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the nature of love and the meaning of the human condition. A monk witnesses five people die when a Peruvian footbridge collapses. He wonders: why those five? He seeks to prove that divine intervention rather tha Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005
  • Winner of the 1928 Pulitzer Prize for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timothy R. | 2/2/2014

    " It was my first Wilder book. He did a lot in very few pages. It made me return to him later, to read The Cabala. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 2/1/2014

    " Very well written. Wilder tries to tackle the great unanswerable question as to why we suffer and die unexpectedly--is it because we are so good that we should be in heaven or is it because we are so bad we shouldn't be here to keep making the world worse. What Wilder manages to do, and do beautifully, is to help us remember the complexity of human beings--that the best of us are flawed and the worst of us have pockets of goodness. The novel (novella?) is thought provoking and beautifully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 2/1/2014

    " Elegant, succinct, thought provoking novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janell | 1/31/2014

    " It was a bit of a slow read. I didn't really enjoy the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holli | 1/29/2014

    " Any spiritual quest will leave you falling into the abyss or burned at the stake. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel | 1/29/2014

    " Couldn't even finish. Super boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keisha | 1/24/2014

    " Each time I read this- it is more satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/18/2014

    " This was a sweet book, reminding me of my favorite, "Stones for Ibarra". I learned about the brevity of our lives, how vulnerable we are, how we rarely stop to think about the gift of our own lives, how we rarely consciously live with a higher purpose in mind.Thornton Wilder "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merrin | 1/12/2014

    " A bridge collapses in Peru and five people die. This book explores their lives and times in an effort to discover why they were chosen to die that day on that bridge. It's a quick read, but interesting and thought provoking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Gager | 1/8/2014

    " Read in prep school I think. Date read is a guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 12/27/2013

    " Won the Pulitzer in 1928. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 11/10/2013

    " Read it, if only for the last paragraph. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 11/3/2013

    " Spread your love and spirit! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanne | 10/27/2013

    " Short interesting tale set in Peru in the 1700's. Following the collapse of the small footbridge, five people plummet to their deaths. A monk watching determines to find out who these people were, and why they were chosen by God(!!!) to die. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Bonner | 9/11/2013

    " Such a great book! Some characters more sympathetic than others, but all their lives were cut short, and I love how Wilder tied all these characters together! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colin Cox | 9/7/2013

    " Simple read. Pretty enjoyable. Made me think they should really make this into a movie. Well, they have. Three times. The most recent movie had an all-star cast, but ended up being quite disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Bartold | 9/5/2013

    " Thornton Wilder's classic whose subtleties and depth I'm mature enough to appreciate. I appreciate the weaving together of the lives impacted by the collapse of the bridge and the fact that some questions in life have no answers. So much material in this short novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sskous | 5/4/2013

    " a fascinating story, from yester year, relevant today. how do we know people? how well do we know them? how can we understand them? how best to love them? what is worthy of love? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis W. Maloney | 2/6/2013

    " this book in my top three, along with confederacy of dunces and lolita. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aleisa | 12/26/2012

    " Surprisingly readable for it place in the "avoid-at-all-cost-emotional-classic" category in my brain. Very poignant, thought-provoking and yes, a little bit of a downer. I enjoyed reading it, however, and especially enjoyed the discussion at book club (so thanks, Annette). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lory Hess | 12/2/2011

    " Beautifully written, character-rich exploration of life and love and death. Only four stars because it was too short! (Note: It's hard to believe that Wilder was only 26 years old when he wrote this.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe_saltears | 11/28/2011

    " The ending was a bit weak, but overall a pleasant read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 11/25/2011

    " See the 13th chapter of the Book of Luke (especially verses 1-5) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/26/2011

    " This is one of my all-time favorite stories... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 4/21/2011

    " Very interesting book. I enjoyed the language and the form. The characters were very alive and well-developed. This would be a fun book to analyze in an English class. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette | 4/14/2011

    " A lot of stuff to think about. Seemed disjointed to me. Character development was so shallow that it was almost impossible to care about the characters except in an intellectual way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 4/5/2011

    " "And at once he sacrificed everything to it, if it can be said we ever sacrifice anything save what we know we can never attain, or what some secret wisdom tells us it would be uncomfortable or saddening to possess." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wil | 3/27/2011

    " Contrary to mose of my book group, I liked it this time around...interesting character development. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynette | 3/6/2011

    " I'm never quite sure what to say about books like this. It's a Pulitzer Prize winner so, of course, it's very well written. Unfortunately, the story simply didn't capture my imagination. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 3/5/2011

    " A quaint little book similar to Winesburg, Ohio. 5 character driven shorties all intertwined through one event. "

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

    " a fascinating story, from yester year, relevant today. how do we know people? how well do we know them? how can we understand them? how best to love them? what is worthy of love? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerri | 2/27/2011

    " It was a slow starter but once it got into the lives of the characters that died crossing the bridge it was once more interesting until the end which didn't make sense to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 2/20/2011

    " Not quite sure how this gets on the top 100 of the 20th century list, but I'll trust the Modern Library. Wilder does manage a fresh take on love as redemption and the nature of injustice, especially for his time. And he creates some memorable characters. Gotta love Uncle Pio. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 2/17/2011

    " Pulitzers really are better than the rest "

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About the Author
Author Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975) was an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works, exploring the connection between the commonplace and cosmic dimensions of human experience, continue to be read and produced around the world. His novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928, as did two of his four full-length dramas: Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth. Wilder’s The Matchmaker was adapted as the musical Hello, Dolly!. He also enjoyed enormous success with many other forms of the written and spoken word, among them teaching, acting, the opera, and cinema. His screenplay for Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt remains a classic psycho-thriller to this day. Wilder’s many honors include the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the National Book Committee’s Medal for Literature.