Between the Bridge and the River

  • by Craig Ferguson
  • Narrated by Craig Ferguson
  • 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Two childhood friends from Scotland and two illegitimate half-brothers from the deep South suffer and enjoy all manner of bizarre adventures that, it turns out, are somehow interconnected and, even more surprisingly, meaningful.
The eclectic cast of characters features Socrates, Carl Jung, and Tony Randall, along with an ex-television evangelist with a penchant for booze, prostitutes, and uncomfortable knitwear who gets mugged in Miami by an almost pure-blooded Watusi warrior - and sets off on a road trip in a stolen motor home.

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Hillarious and thought-provoking

It's not very often than I laugh out loud when enjoying a book, but this one did it for me several times. If you are easily offended by language or sexual themes, then this might not be for you. It's what you would expect from a late-night comedian. Ferguson takes aim at several deserving targets, including Hollywood and televangelists. No race, religion, or nationality is safe. While having a good time with us, the author asks serious questions about life and death, religion, sexuality, marital fidelity, and human gullibility.

Unlike some authors that have read their own work, Ferguson does an outstanding job. This is as you would expect, since his is an entertainer. Some books make better audiobooks than others. This work jumps from protagonist to protagonist and location to location without immediately obvious ties. You have to follow closely and remember the characters from earlier scenes. I wouldn't listen to this one when distracted, or you might get lost.

I didn't see the tremendous depth that some reviewers claim to find, but I had a really good time.
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- Steven "Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations."

Crass, hilarious, and surprisingly touching

Where does Between the Bridge and the River rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks near the top. When I finished it I 1) told everyone I knew to get it on audio, and 2) wanted to listen to it again. I was that impressed by the story and narration.


What other book might you compare Between the Bridge and the River to and why?

"Fool," by Christopher Moore. "Fool" is another almost shockingly crass story with heart. In my opinion for lewd humor to work it needs a touch of nuance, something that many humorist of that type lack. Moore and Ferguson, however, have the ability to shock you one moment and make you tear up the next. It's a tough thing to do using language that'll make a sailor blush.


What does Craig Ferguson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His delightful Scottish brogue and his passion and enthusiasm for the characters he created. Ferguson is a terrific storyteller and his narration is full of life and energy. It would be a very good book to read, but it is a great book to listen to.


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- C. Ubik

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-18-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios