The Bridges of Madison County Audiobook (REVIEW)

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Review of: The Bridges of Madison County Audiobook

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On April 23, 2015
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The Bridges of Madison County Audiobook

By: Robert James Waller


Published by: Hachette Audio 02/04/2014

The Bridges of Madison County Audiobook


A novel

3 hrs and 50 mins

Whispersync for Voice-ready

Genre: Fiction, Romance

2015 Audie Nominee

Armchair Audies 2015

The Narrators

Narrator Kelli O'HaraKelli O’Hara has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway’s great leading ladies. With 5 Tony nominations, Kelli received her latest nomination, along with Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics nominations, for her portrayal of Francesca in the musical adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County in 2014. Additionally, she starred as Mrs. Darling in NBC’s live telecast of “Peter Pan” alongside Allison Williams and Christian Borle. On New Year’s Eve, Kelli made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the production of The Merry Widow with Renee Fleming.


Narrator Steven PasqualeBest known for playing Sean Garrity on TV’s Rescue Me., Steven Pasquale starred in 2009’s Reasons to Be Pretty and returned to the Broadway stage in The Bridges of Madison County. His off-Broadway credits include Fat Pig, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide…, A Soldier’s Play and Far From Heaven.



The Bridges of Madison County Audiobook Sample

The Bridges of Madison County


I watched The Bridges of Madison County movie a long, long time ago, and while I enjoyed back then, I absolutely LOVED IT after I watched it again, which I did as soon as finished this audiobook.

I don’t know if this book can be consider a “romance” in the way we know the genre. But it is the story of a grand romance, a romance that fleshes out the true feeling of being in love.

The path of an ordinary farm wife is challenged by her encounter with National Geographic photographer, Robert Kincaid.

Four days will change Francesca’s life forever. In four days, while her family (husband and teenage kids) is away, she experiences a love affair that not only changes her life but her very soul. And as painful as her decision is when she chooses loyalty over love and passion, it’s just as beautiful to see how true love can last forever.

I never thought I could enjoy this story so much after having watched the movie.
Being reminded of how beautiful the love communion between two souls that were meant for each other, but happen to have found themselves too late in their lifetime was wonderful, beautiful and touching. I can’t remember crying over a book or a movie in a long time.

I keep mentioning the movie because I wasn’t ready to let go of Francesca and Robert’s world when I finished the audiobook.

The Bridges of Madison County wasn’t a HOT romance, but it sure was one the most sensual love affair stories I read in a long time.

Do I think this should have been nominated in the romance category? NO, this is not romance book, but a book about a romance story.  I don’t understand their criteria when they choose this category, nevertheless, I enjoyed it, and I can clearly see why the narrators earned a nomination.

I’d say this is for a mature audience, not because there’s inappropriate content, yes this is an adult story, but mostly I’m  sure a level of maturity is needed to appreciate the story.

Audiobook Narration

Steven Pasquale and Kelli O’Hara’s performances are flawless.
They expertly bring these characters and their story to life by infusing the text with the right emotions.

The Bridges of Madison County could have been just an average read for me, but Steven and Kelli’s interpretation gave the novel another dimension, and they turned the story into an engaging listen.

Their acting skills are efficiently utilized to bring depth to the characters. Not easy to fit such a complex story in a short audiobook, but the narrators’ pleasant voice, expert pace, and right depictions gave me a new appreciation for Francesca and Robert Kincaid’s romance.

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  1. The movie was Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, right? I remember it being sad at the end, unfulfilled. I will have to check out the book sometime, it sounds like a powerful and memorable read. It has been a long time since I saw the movie so I don’t remember much except the end. The hand on the glass of the truck and the tears.

    • Yes, that’s right, and even though Clint Eastwood was not my idea of Robert Kincaid after I read listened to the book, the story didn’t fail to bring tears to my eyes.
      Meryl Streep was perfect! I see now that she nailed that part!

  2. I remember that beautiful, beautiful movie and having cried buckets of tears at the end, when Meryl Streep watches him drive away in the rear view mirror. I then read the book and that’s true, it’s a wonderful novel too 🙂

    • Yes, truly a beautiful movie and after listening to the Audiobook , I appreciated the movie even more.

  3. I read after reading The Notebook. OMG! The feels! I wasn’t expecting the story. I skipped the movie though, Clint Eastwood isn’t exactly my type

    • No, Clint wasn’t the perfect fit, especially after listening to the audio, but Merryl was perfect!
      Can’t you believe I never read or watched the Notebook?!

  4. I haven’t read this one or saw the movie, but it sounds very passionate and moving. I’ve read many like this and usually they are put in the General Fiction section instead of the romance b/c as you say, they don’t quite fit that.

    • Yes, that’s why it’s surprising that is nominated as a romance, although the story is a truly romantic and it called the sentimentalist in me.
      And the audio made me appreciate the movie more. 🙂

  5. I remember loving the movie when I saw it years ago. I like how you describe this as a “sensual love affair”. I got that feeling with the movie, and I’m sure you get that feeling even more with the book. This would be something I’d listen to. Wonderful review, Loupe!

    • I remember liking a lot, but I don’t remember
      Well, I cried, a
      The audio gave me a new appreciation and more feels for the movie.
      I also realized how good the movie was a perfect depiction of the book, except for Clint, my Robert Kincaid was hot!..LOL

  6. I’ve never seen this movie or read the book. It just isn’t my type of read. I remember when the movie came out and everyone was a buzz. I grew up probably about two hours away from this location in Georgia. Great review.

    • This is not my type a read either, but I picked it up for the Armchair Audies, and to be honest I was curious to see what makes them pick these books for the romance category.
      I think in few (Ok more than years when you’re middle age, 40+ you’ll enjoy

  7. Oh my goodness, how different we are on our opinion of this book!
    I hated it, thought it to be superficial claptrap. I just didn’t get all the hype.
    Mind you, thinking about it, I often find the rave review type publications leave me bewildered as to why so many do actually rave about it. I’m not a perverse type, you know the sort who hates something merely because it’s popular. I’m just very choosy I guess. On my audiobook review blog I have been accused of always marking high, but, I believe, this is just because since those times I read such things as Madison, I have become very choosy in what I read.
    Please don’t hate me!

    • It’s absolutely OK to feel different the other people. This is not my normal type of read, I picked it up b/c it’s been nominated in the romance category for an 2015 Audie. I wasn’t much or a reader when it first came out so I wasn’t aware of the buzz. However, I did see the movie and while I enjoyed it, listening to this book double my enjoyment when I re-visit the movie.
      Now that I know you’re also a audiobook junkie I will keep an eye on your reviews, I’m always open to recommendations.
      Thank you for stopping by Bec 🙂

  8. I really loved the movie and yeah I wouldn’t classify this as romance. Great review.

    • Thank you Kimba 🙂 I loved such much more after listened to the book. I cried, I NEVER

  9. I don’t recall seeing this movie before but you’ve made me curious! I know Steven Pasquale from The Good Wife and didn’t realize he was a narrator too- interesting! I’ll keep this one in mind – the audio and the movie.

    • This is the first I heard of Steven Pasquale, I liked his voice 🙂
      Thank you Lucy.

  10. I haven’t heard of the movie or the book before. Great review Loupe!

    • That’s b/c you were probably a child when it came
      When you get older you should watch it 😉

  11. I watched the movie many years ago and don’t remember much of it. I may give this audio a try, you made it sound really good and it’s pretty short, so win, win.

    • I watched it the first time a long time ago, and I remember liking it, but I found it so much more touching after I listened to the book.

    • The movie made me cry this time Loved it! Even though Clint Eastwood wasn’t my idea of Robert.

  12. Glad to hear that the movie was as good as the book, because that happens rarely. I’ve heard about this movie, but I don’t remember if I watched it. Lovely review, Loupe!

  13. Glad to hear that the movie was as good as the book, because that happens rarely. I’ve heard about this movie, but I don’t remember if I watched it. Lovely review, Loupe!

    • They did a great job with the movie. If you ever watch it I’d love to hear your opinion.
      The audiobook was less than 4 hours, so they did a good job fleshing out the characters in the movie as they did in the book which is unusual.


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