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Thousand Country Roads, A: An Epilogue to the Bridges of Madison County

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At last, the rest of the story...

Ten years and twelve 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 memor
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Published May 1st 2003 by Brilliance Audio (first published 2002)
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Oct 16, 2009 Graceann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bridges of Madison County Fans
I am one of the people who adored BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, both book and film, and am not ashamed to say so. Many years after reading the first lyrical novel, I remember staying up all night to finish it and how I sobbed over the love of Francesca and Robert. I did then wonder what happened to Robert in those "missing years," and filled in the blanks with my own imagination. Robert James Waller topped me, of course.

The author indicates in his preface that this book will not likely stand on it
May contain spoilers.

I didn't know where this book was heading at the beginning. At first I wondered if I was even reading the epilogue to Bridges.

I remember I once went to a performance by Dave Brubeck, the recently deceased famed jazz musician. Dave was wrapping up a wonderful show when he asked the audience if we had any special requests, and of course, having not yet heard him play Take-5, we all echoed take-5. But Dave asked if instead we wouldn't prefer to listen to Laura, but we were like
Jan 04, 2009 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick read, but I never became too involved in the story. I thought The Bridges of Madison County was much better. I would have been happy with the way that book ended. I really didn't need to read this "Epilogue".
Jan 20, 2013 Cindy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed in what was supposedly the sequel to 'The Bridges of Madison County' as it barely mentioned Francesca except for Robert's memories, and introduced new characters into the story that were never a part of the original and had them take over almost cheapening the relationship between Robert and Francesca that I was so interested in when I picked up the book. I hate when a story has characters just missing each other in time and's so frustrating! Plus, the author portra ...more
Mar 15, 2014 Gina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The irony that I wrote the review and it vanished as I tried to set the date read is not lost here as I think of the time I wasted when I could have been listening to something more interesting. I'm a huge fan of Bridges of Madison County, so when I saw this was an epilogue to it, I wanted to hear more. I was wrong. Actually, the description is just wrong. Yes, the main character is Robert Kincaid who fell in love with Francesca Johnson, but this story never needed to be told. It was boring, the ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Oh, sniff, sniff, blubber, sob! That darn Waller always nails me! I tell myself he's such a sappy romantic and I'm far too old and jaded for that, but then he always gets me in the end.

This is the second book in a trilogy. Somehow I read the first and third and missed this one. Not life changing, but he sure knows how to tell a sweet story. Robert Kincaid is like the Marlboro Man minus the macho posturing.
Mar 09, 2015 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: histoire-d-amour
This is somewhat gut wrenching.
I suppose from their beautiful story, we already knew that they never saw each other again, but it is so frustrating that they should miss each other only by a few minutes, it seems so cruel.
I liked Carlisle's story. It was nice for Robert Kinkaid to find more than less at the end of his days, despite the brevity and sadness.
It was a thoughtful story, as in pensive and though I enjoyed it, it didn't move me in the same way as the first.
Mar 14, 2012 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. It was nice to finally know what happened. Sad though. Surprising. Interesting reading a love story from a male perspective. Not as satisfying as a female perspective for me but interesting and thought-provoking nonetheless. Definitely recommend for fans of The Bridges of Madison County.
Ally Shields
I am one of those who loved Bridges of Madison County. Maybe I'm influenced by living only a few miles from the setting, but I enjoyed both the book and the movie. Having said that, this self-labeled epilogue is wordy and lacks the charm of its predecessor. I rate this one a pass.
Rebecca McNutt
I don't think this one was as good as The Bridges of Madison County, but it does tie up any loose ends from the first novel so it was still worth reading.
Dec 07, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An epilogue to The Bridges of Madison County. Loved it. Like Bridges of Madison County, I love to reread it every now and then. Love Robert James Waller's work.
Mary Ann
Dec 08, 2008 Mary Ann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed by the sequel. I wanted more
Joder, esperaba otra cosa. Un final feliz no, claro. Después de leer el primero sabía de sobra que eso no era posible. Pero ¿esto? Esto no. Me ha decepcionado un poco. Ha estado bien saber un poco de Francesca y Robert, quienes me enamoraron en la primera novela, pero he sentido una pena tremenda por ellos, por sus vidas, y sus decisiones. Y necesitaba algo más.
El final bastante triste. Confieso que se me han escapado unas lagrimillas.
Aug 01, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On one of my infrequent trips back to the US in the early 1990's for a friend's wedding, I stayed with my friend Alexandra in Chicago for a few days. Back in college she promised to always have pesto in the fridge for me if I should come to visit, and I promised something I can't remember - maybe matzo ball soup. Even if my memory is dim, her's was not, and she was true to her word. One day she handed me a book she said I had to read, The Bridges of Madison County. She said that one of the main ...more
Feb 06, 2014 Makii rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Los cuandos y los dondes habían logrado formar una vaga hipótesis. Una coincidencia, si. Tal vez. Pero si la coincidencia fuera siempre apartada por ser poco probable, ¿Que haríamos con la mayor parte de la vida, la dejaríamos allí arreglándoselas sola? La elegancia de lo casual esta por todas partes, y el solo hecho de vivir es poco probable, pensó.
Y en alguna parte, en los talleres de Quién o Que, bajo un designio superior, las casualidades y los grandes destinos son inseparables, son lugare
Theresa Stevens
Apr 24, 2014 Theresa Stevens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-read
This is an epilogue to 'The Bridges of Madison County'.....
The story gives closure to the principle characters Francesca and Robert of 'Bridges'..
a searching that crosses paths that fail to connect, but a moving on of life of grown-up children and grandchildren for Francesca and still poignant memories of the past.
As for Robert Kincaid, well his life story was not so black and white as the negatives of his photography. But, it highlighted the past, present and future roads that he took with lots
Brian Sweany
Aug 13, 2012 Brian Sweany rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I'm being a little harsh. Maybe the fact that I had read Ian McEwan's ATONEMENT prior to picking up a copy of A THOUSAND COUNTRY ROADS negatively influenced my opinion of the book. Like it or not, however, when an author like McEwan transports a reader in a way he hasn't been transported by fiction in the last 10 years, you tend to raise the bar for everyone else.

Waller has been and always will be a cheesy writer. His over-the-top, hypersentimental prose reads like a bad Hallmark card tha
Natalie Shawver
Nov 30, 2014 Natalie Shawver rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read the Bridges of Madison County, I had no idea there was an epilogue to the story. I remember always wondering what happened to both Robert Kincaid and Francesca Johnson, and thankfully, A Thousand Country Roads provided insight into the rest of their lives. Focusing mostly on Robert Kincaid and his travels, this part II was intriguing, but definitely not the page turner that the first was. I loved the deep dive into Robert and getting to hear this thoughts on his endless love for Fran ...more
Scherry Siganporia
Readers! Lovers of Bridges of Madison County...there is a hidden sequel to the book...and I am sure this made you jump! :) For all those who have yet to read this one..make sure you do!! Its just marvelous, touching again...telling us more about the love between Francesca and Robert...It leaves me with a sense of completeness..this epilogue, not because Robert and Francesca can be one (I know all of us want that when we read book one!) but its about how each lives now without the other...Tears a ...more
Aug 11, 2010 Shonda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, as a Bridges of Madison Couny lover I did and do often wonder what happened after...well, this book is the answer. While it wasn't at all what I expected or envisioned it was decent nonetheless. I of course would have made the fairytale ending and that would've been that, but that is obviously why I am a reader, not a writer. It had some slow moving parts because Waller is a little too poetic for me at times but for the most part it sure did answer the questions. I liked the idea of this b ...more
Jun 22, 2011 Lynai rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-a-copy
After reading The Bridges of Madison County last year, I resolved to read its sequel, A Thousand Country Roads, as soon as possible. Finding a copy is not difficult, in fact I was able to buy A Thousand Country Roads first before Bridges. I cannot begin to say how much I cried over the love story of Robert and Francesca in Bridges, and I carried this same emotional feeling when I started to read A Thousand Country Roads. Although this book has not made me cry as much as I did with its prequel, s ...more
Kat Lopez
I have mixed feelings about this book and to be honest I am quite unsure whether reading this was a good idea after all, most specially being a follower of Bridges of Madison County. This novel picks up more on Roberts' life than Francesca's. Although my curiosity got the better of me, my desire to know what happened with their lives during all those years apart drove me to venture in to reading this book. In some ways, I was a bit dissapointed that not much went on in terms of trying to find ea ...more
Jan 17, 2016 DMREAnne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romance
A Thousand Country Roads is an epilogue to The Bridges of Madison County. In my opinion, it wouldn’t stand alone, but should only be read if one has read The Bridges of Madison County, loved it, and are so captivated by the characters that you would like to know more about the story of their lives. Will you feel better about the emotional happiness of the characters after reading the book? I didn’t. I thought this book was just a bit too much. Too many almosts and what ifs, too many coincidences ...more
Sue Webber
Not entirely sure how I feel about this, part of me says the author should have left well alone, then part of me says great we get some closure on the characters. But a big part of me is feeling a little sad because the romantic in me didn't get the happy ending I was hoping for. But then life can be like that sometimes, chances missed and moments lost. What I do like about his way of writing though is that he makes it seem as if it's all real and not a work of fiction at all. I remember Googlin ...more
Mike Coe
Sep 30, 2010 Mike Coe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found very little to like about this book. Waller should have stopped with his miraculously successful “The Bridges of Madison County”. In interviews, Waller even admits that he wrote this short novel (Epilogue) only to appease the many readers of “Bridges”, after he was swamped with mail wanting to know more about the life of the characters. I struggle d to complete the book, often feeling that the writing was forced from the hand of a “accidentally successful author” who must feel, in some w ...more
Sep 06, 2009 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 03, 2014 Chuck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A follow up to Bridges of Madison County. If you enjoyed "Bridges", it is fun to follow up on the melancholy and unselfish values of the "flower children" of years past. Since that age was mine, I found it fascinating, but if you have no ties to the days of Woodstock, burning of draft cards, Kent State [my alma mater], Viet Nam, Watergate and values that are now archaic, skip the book. It will appear sappy, sentimental and overemotional. But if the names of Francesca and Rober Kincaid stir some ...more
May 11, 2015 Selma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dakle, u životu, kad ste čitali pod žutom večernjom svjetiljkom pa maštali o dalekim mjestima, a možda i priželjkivali da ih posjetite, o mjestima na kojima sam sto puta bio, lutao sam ispod vaših prozora i priželjkivao nešto posve suprotno. Priželjkivao sam vašu stolicu i vašu svjetiljku, vašu obitelj i prijatelje. Vjerovatno sam neke kišne noći prolazio i ispred vaše kuće u potrazi za kakvim prenoćištem. Pa bih ga i našao, prespavao i već sutradan nastavio put, sjećajući se vaše žute večernje ...more
Oct 25, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: iowa, novel, midwest
After receiving a mountain of mail begging for the rest of the story about Robert (we more or less learn Francessca's whole story in Bridges), Waller finally satisfies his fans by telling a story of the later years of Kincaid's life interwined with memories of woman from his early days. This woman comes to play a bigger role in his life than he realized, but Francessca is still the possessor of his heart. This one still maintains the mood of Bridges, but is not an essential tale. If you liked Br ...more
Julie McSorley
Because I so loved the prequel, The Bridges of Madison County, I was interested in how Waller could extend the story without killing it. And he could have, so easily, but he didn't. He didn't fall into the trap of a happy ending with man and woman reuniting. He kept the same deft touch, which is the strength of his storytelling. In this way he left the heart of the story, four days of a balmy summer back in the sixties, as something complete. It's a poignantly sad read, that left me thinking on ...more
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Robert James Waller is an American author also known for his work as a photographer and musician. Several of his books have been on the New York Times bestseller list including 1992's The Bridges of Madison County, which was the top best-seller in 1993. Both that novel and his 1995 novel, Puerto Vallarta Squeeze, have been made into motion pictures. Waller currently resides in Texas.
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