A Bridge of Years

  • by Robert Charles Wilson
  • Narrated by Jonathan Davis
  • 12 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A secluded Pacific Northwest cottage becomes a door to the past for Tom Winter, who travels back to the New York City of 1962, followed by a human killing machine that he alone must stop.

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What the Critics Say

"Returning to his hometown after a failed marriage, recovering alcoholic Tom Winter purchases a house only to discover that it connects with another time and place - and his desire to 'start over' suddenly becomes a literal possibility. Wilson excels at psychological suspense, as the spiritual and emotional challenges his characters face are as intense as the physical dangers. A solid addition to any sf collection." (Library Journal)

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absorbing, excellent narration

I really enjoyed this outing from 1991, and appreciate the effort the creators took to bringing it to audiobook format. The future predictions from the actual date of the book - 1991 - are amazingly spot on, and as with other RCW books, a lot of time is (well) spent on character development. The different times and places - at least those which we've already lived through - feel quite real.

I think pitch shifting technology may have been used - to subtle, good effect, to enhance the male narrator's rendition of the female voices. Also, the accent for one of the male characters, who hails from a small town in Washington State, is so spot on it's scary.

For those who enjoy time travel themed sci-fi, you're in for a treat.

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- Shellbin

More like an elevator

In the beginning the elevator is up. We have a rogue military cyborg attacking the time traveler. Then the elevator goes down and we are deep into the depressing life of a man whose wife has left him for another man. Back up for the discovery of a mysterious tunnel under the house and where does it lead? Back down for the romance that is not quite a romance. Up for the nano machines and the rebuilding of a human. We go up for one floor as we start a war and hold steady for a long fight scene, ending down for tying up depressing loose ends.

My point here is that the story goes up and down and when it is up, it is very good and when it is down, it is very depressing. RCW, like usual goes for some character development, which he does well, the question is do we really care about his characters? In other books I have, but in this one the main character is just a love sick whinny baby. There is more Sci-Fi in this book then some of his other books and it is pretty cool.

Wilson borrows a little from Simak's Way Station and a lot from Michael Kube-McDowell's Alternites, both good books. I just wonder if time travel has been overdone.

If you have not read Wilson before, you want to start with Spin or Mysterium.

Jonathan Davis, the narrator has a slow melancholy voice which would best be suited for reading obituaries.
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- Jim "The Impatient" "My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-22-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios