This book seemed to drag in places, but it was not until I got to the end that I realized why so many people had given it such a positive rating.
Retired father of two with 4 grandchildren. I listen to my books while driving or flying off to somewhere. Keeps me up to date.
Yes, the pages turn and turn by themselves in an audio book and it was really light to carry along on a trip.
I was really moved when we learn about... but that would be telling, wouldn't it?
He offers the deep pathos and sense of joyful moments as well.
Yes, I rediscovered moments in my life I felt compelled to share with my wife for the first time.
I kept asking how could anyone write such a moving novel? There is a YouTube interview that helps with that.
The story was a touching one, deliberately so, and in that way, it was successful for me. The author reveals the characters and their backgrounds gradually. You think you know them; then, you learn something about the past and it changes your ideas about the characters.
Some of Harold's adventures are a little over the top, but the author's depictions of the hangers-on who join him on his adventures are a wonderful condemnation of today's society. The media comes in for its share of condemnation too. Yet it is all done gently, rather like Harold himself--a gentle, pained man who just starts walking.
I'm fairly new to Audible and have only listened to a handful of books, but I'm glad I chose this one.
The description and details of his walk through England.
Arrival at the nursing home by the phonies who tried to hijack Fry's pilgrimage.
And the very last scene was a delight.
Loved Fry himself. He seemed so real!
Fry's arrival in his friend's hospice room, and his first sight of her.
Only one thing struck me as "off" about this story - the fact that Fry was on the road more than sixty days and was still walking only 5 - 8 miles a day. As a long-distance walker, I know he would have been able to go much further by that point. On the other hand, if he made the trip faster, it would have really cramped the plot, so I am not put off by it.
Suspense, historical, comedy, fluff - I read it all!
Loved this character of Harold Fry. Such a bittersweet story filled with self-discovery and acceptance of human frailties. It makes you want to unplug, simplify and take a long walk to see what you discover about yourself.
The descriptive character building.
It's a road trip without the car.
Well, what American doesn't love a British accent?
Harold, at the end of his trip.
This lighthearted book made me think about myself as I age. I enjoyed the persecutive and the different turns of this book.
I cannot praise this book, together with the narrator, enough. While it can be read as a sentimental story, it can also be read by those willing to go within, as something much deeper. To place it in a wider context, listen to Joseph Campbell’s first episode (broadcast some 25 years ago and available on youtube) with Bill Moyers in the PBS series “The Power of Myth.” The parallels between the hero’s journey illuminated by Campbell, and Harold Fry’s pilgrimage, are striking. If Rachel Joyce never writes another book, and this was her first novel, she should be remembered for this achievement.
Harold Fry because of his determination and personal development during the story
This is a lovely story - inventive and charming. I listen to a lot of very long novels and non-fiction, but need something lighter sometimes and this really hit the spot.