This type of book is not my cup of tea, but it was on sale and I thought I would give it a try since it sounded so interesting.
The Narrator Jim Broadbent was EXCELLANT and made you get so caught up and emotional listening to this story.
Harold and Maude are so much like many couples who have been married a long time and have issues that separate them with their relationship.
As Harold is on his journey to see Queenie before she dies, he thinks back on his life and all he has done and not done right with his wife and his son.
You catch yourself relating to him in so many ways and understanding what he is doing.
I did love so much about this book and Harold's journey.
Worth the listen.
The story was so well read by Jim Broadbent. The internal contemplation from introvert to confidante gave pause. The story is sweet and poignant, particularly after reading Queenie's story first. Rachel Joyce touches the tender spots in all of us that question, extend, and wonder.
The narrator was fantastic. His voice was great for the story. I like travel stories. This was such an impromptu trip that the main character created it as he went along. I appreciated the slow pace of the story, poetry of observation, and the gradual revelations about the backstory. I am a person near to Mr Fry's age so I felt a strong recognition of his thinking about his own life. Though the author is young, her perception about an older persons experience is right on. The unlikelyhood that a 65 year old man could walk 600+ miles without planning or proper equipment did not distract me because the story moved along so magically and thoughtfully. I loved this story, but I cried at the end.
I am impressed not only by the author's ability to weave a story, but the narrators ability to deliver it uncompromised. Harold, Maureen and Queenie have been woven into my memory in a way that I will warmly reflect upon for years to come.
Professor of Literature and things. Mother, wife, goddess of the garden and critters. WoW addict.
I dare you not to fall in love with Harold Fry! This book was wonderful!
Harold walks away from his wife and home, on a whim, and makes a journey across England to see his dying co-worker. Along the way he meets wonderful people, gathers a following, and reconnects his past. Through the process he and his wife both begin healing from some darker chapters in their lives. Rarely do I stumble upon a book which seems so sincere and authentic, yet is so clever and entertaining.
This novel is well written and a delightful little gem. If you are looking for nice peek into someone's life and not thrown into bed or splattered with gore this is it. Harold Fry you are an unassuming inspiration. Maybe we all need to let those whose stories encourage us know how much they are appreciated. Thank you Rachel Joyce for the lesson. Now I think I'll take a walk...
I almost aborted the book 1/2 way in, but stuck it out. This was my first audible book, so maybe that explains the difficulty. The story ended up quite interesting , but was an extensive journey trying to enjoy it.
What an excellent story and absolutely loved the reading with the accent and pronunciations. The story touched me -not to give it away- of a story of loss, dealing with loss and love.
So touching and now will buy the real book to have and read too.