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Bridge of Clay

Narrated by: Markus Zusak
Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (78 ratings)
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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak. 

From the internationally acclaimed, prize-winning, best-selling author of The Book Thief, here is a story told backwards and inside out.

The five Dunbar brothers are living - fighting, dreaming, loving - in the perfect squalor of a house without grownups. Today, the father who abandoned them is about to walk back in.

But why has he returned, and who have the boys become since he left?

At the helm is Matthew, cynical, poetic; Rory, forever truanting; Henry, the money-spinner; and young Tommy, the pet collector who has colonised the house with dysfunctional pets, including Achilles the mule and Rosy the border collie. 

And then there’s Clay, the quiet one, his whole young life haunted by an unspeakable act.

From the tale of their grandfather, whose passion for the ancient Greeks still colours their lives, to the mother and father who met over a mislaid piano, to the present day, where five sons dwell in a house with no rules, Bridge of Clay is an epic portrait of a ramshackle family and the unburying of one boy’s tragic secret.

©2018 Markus Zusak (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

Critic reviews

Praise for The Book Thief: "Brilliant and hugely ambitious." (New York Times)

"A novel of breathtaking scope." (The Guardian)

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I wish I loved it

I absolutely loved the book thief so I tried so many times with this book but I just couldn’t get into it. It’s beautifully written but I couldn’t cope with the narration. I will try again by reading the book instead.

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Pure pleasure.

Hooked from first to last. Wonderful, heartbreaking,beautiful. I loved The Book Thief now I simply love this author.

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I tried...

I really wanted to love this book. I knew it was going to be nothing like the Book Thief, I'd even heard Markus Zusak chat about it on Radio 4. I couldn't get beyond the first hour or two, I tried it again and the same thing happened. I just couldn't get the story and I found his voice quite tricky to listen too, quite soporific and grating at the same time. I know it's meant to be brilliant and I think it's my fault and maybe in a few months I'll try again...

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Markus Zusak as his best

Every bit as good as The Book Thief. Beautifully written and heartbreakingly sad.

This is not a fast page turner, or a pacy thriller. It is a story of love, of loss, of family and relationships. Markus narrates his story as it's meant to be told, with tenderness, emotion and a gentle pace. This is a book that Is definitely in my top 10.

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Loved every minute!

I loved everything about this book. Beautifully written and read. Deeply sad yet wonderfully uplifting. Full of humour and love... Mostly love. Different in so many ways to other books I have listened to, so refreshing. I never wanted it to end

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Wonderful heartwarming story

Loved it but it still broke my heart . Simply stunning I loved every minute and feel there is something now missing from my life !

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A heart-warming book!

It took me a while to get used to the narration by Zusak but once I did, I couldn’t stop listening. At times hilarious, moving and beautifully poetic. Zusak knows how to write, very well, that’s for sure, and how to move me to tears! 5 brothers, you want to get to know them all...

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You read it and you’re there

I know their house, the colour, the smells, the animals and the boys.
Markus Zusak seems to be capable of pulling you into other people’s lives with his words.
It’s so real and so beautiful and I felt it all.

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Modern day Steinbeck

This isn't an easy book to get into but you are vastly rewarded for sticking with it. If you've only read the book thief then the story format might seem a bit alien at first but those that have read 'I am the messenger' will recognise the similarities.

The story pulls you in and spits you out at the end and although it can get slightly confusing at times as to which brother is doing what and what time-frame you're in, you're richly rewarded by the end of the story.

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Stick with this one

I almost gave up on this book. I found the story so bleak and violent in the first couple of chapters. I'm so glad I decided to preserve. I found the narration a bit too slow so I turned it to 1.4, which worked well. As the story unfolded I fell in love with the characters, even the mule. a wonderful story, beautifully told

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David - Michelangelo

It took me a while to get excited about the book. I struggle in the beginning to keep track of the different time periods even figuring out the character was a mystery. My view of this changed completely when I finished the book it is as if Zusak wrote a book the way a artist would sculpt something out of stone or marble. There where abstract glimpses into a masterpiece that would only be revealed towards the end.

If you love art you will love every minute of this masterpiece.