A Thousand Country Roads: An Epilogue to 'The Bridges of Madison County' Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Ten years and 12 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.
In A Thousand Country Roads, 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. Kincaid takes to the road again in what becomes a journey of discovery and surprise. With his dog Highway beside him, 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 and nights with Robert Kincaid. Cherishing the memory of the strange wandering man who changed her world, she vows to search for him.
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|Listening Length||4 hours and 30 minutes|
|Author||Robert James Waller|
|Audible.ca Release Date||August 29 2008|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #112,774 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#4,985 in Literary Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#7,334 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#41,562 in Literary Fiction (Books)
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As many readers, I found a review for A Thousand . . . . and immediately ordered it. It acutally sat on my night stand for a week. I wasn't sure if I was ready to pry back into the lives left shattered by the departure in Iowa. Maybe, I wondered, it was just best to leave it alone. Would they just meet again and live happily ever after - way to simple. After all, Waller could have done that with Bridges. But, deep inside, I begged for Francesca and Robert to have a chance. Perhaps they would have grown apart - the chemistry gone. Perhaps they only needed a chance meeting to reunite the two lovers. In that vein I felt that Waller kept the dream alive as Kincaid and Highway set out on their odessey.
Where Bridges avoided the trials and tribulations of the subplot, Country Roads led us down a maze that exposed the troubled, yet intriguing world traveler all the while keeping the engine running on the trusty old pick up as it pointed east toward the farmlands of southern Iowa. Like most readers, my heart began to race as the meeting between Francesa and Robert seemed possible. But, with the quick hand on the keyboard, Waller eluded us all. Had he drawn this out, I might have felt robbed - angry with him for setting us up only to see Kinciad drive away in the pouring rain. It was at this point that I noticed many pages left unturned - some roads still to be traveled. Would Carlisle really track down his father with the dogged dtermination that he shared with him I wondered? How would Waller paint a potenitally awkward meeting. Finally, Carlisle's burning of his father's photographs seems to draw a somewhat tidy conclusion to the novel.
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Very moving, lump in throat stuff - absolutely brilliant - a keeper for me !