Well titled story of a man who starts out on a trip to the post office and ends up walking across Europe. He reminisces about his life and meets interesting characters on the road that effect his physical and psychological journey
What a great book! I expected something light and fluffy, and instead got a wonderful, thought-provoking book with full deep characters and a compelling story line. Terrific!
Great narrator! Just the right approach.
Loved it! Cried, laughed, was left thinking about my own life and how to make it more meaningful and how precious life is. Great narrator! Really colourful, draws you in. Didn't want it to end!
Wine, food and travel writer, editor, and aspiring novelist.
I probably would have enjoyed reading this as much as listening to it, but I must give credit to the narrator, Jim Broadbent. This is a novel that unfolds at a sedate pace, with observations, recollections and philosophical speculation that requires a certain unhurried delivery. Broadbent inhabits the character and lets us discover his world at a pedestrian gait. The book is deeply affecting, both heartwarming and heartrending, a book that will make you laugh out loud, smile and weep at the decency that can be found in ordinary lives. It's also beautifully written. The prose is simple, yet concise, as illustrated in this brief passage:
"They had made assumptions. They thought it was a love story, or a miracle, or an act of beauty, or even bravery, but it was none of those things. The discrepancy, between what he knew and what other people believed, frightened him. It also made him feel... that even in the midst of them he was unknown."
This is a book that you can open at random, read a few paragraphs, and find something new each time. Mysteries, thrillers, Romance, Comedy and Fantasy all have their place, but so does old fashioned, character-driven literature, of which this is a refreshing example.
You go on the pilgrimage with Harold. It is tender and heart wrenching. Amazing slow,plodding,deep & worth it! The narration is pitch perfect.
With almost 800 books in my library, I am an experienced listener. I appreciate a well written good story. I am pretty critical of trash.
This book was engaging from page one. It was also deceptively friendly at the beginning as it continued the unraveling of details that gave meaning and depth to the story line . It was well and strategically written to reveal the necessary aspects that emerged as the pilgrimage progressed. I never wanted to quit but listened right through, although it became painful to me as the details were revealed. It had the sense of a very plausible family in todays society. this is not a feel good book for the light hearted. I will repeat well written and especially well narrated. I assume it was meant as a story of redemption. I did not like the ending or felt that it was adequate as an implication of "light at the end of the tunnel". I gave it four stars because of originality and writing, but it was not my cup of tea towards the end.