It was a dear, sweet, albeit fairy tale like, story. Reminds us all to "stop and smell the roses" - to interrupt routine and habit to do something important for someone else. And of course, in the process, we help ourselves.
The innocent, naive way that Harold goes about doing this great deed. And at the same time, I found myself frustrated with his wife, who was afraid to step outside her self-imposed boundaries.
No, unfortunately not.
Yes, when Harold's neighbor talks about his wife dying, and that he "should have railed against this", rather than just accepting the doctor's diagnosis and doing the best they could. This comment was about fighting for what you love, even though it might not change the outcome.
Walk along with Harold Frye! This is by far one of the most endearing books out there. Within the first 30 minutes of listening, you begin the journey of Harold Frye as he walks to save his friend Queenie from cancer after being inspired by a waitress at a bar. Yet, on his pilgrimage, he does so much more than attempt to save her. He tries to make amends for his past, he becomes a national hero of sorts, and he tries to just stand for something...anything! If you are looking for a book to encourage you to do that one thing that you never had the courage to do, this is the book to get you going!
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I at first I admired the determination of Harold to walk all that way. But i never understood why he didn't buy hiking shoes, and a backpack.
I think it reminded me of an Irving story called A Prayer For Owen Meany. I enjoyed that one too even tho it was different from my usual read.
I don't think I have heard this gentleman before, but I enjoyed his voice and accent.
not especially. I kept going back and forth between books. But I did like it.
As soon as I read the description of this book, I knew I was going to like it. I loved Rachel Joyce's easy writing style; it seemed to match Harold's slow walking pace.
It ususally takes me a long time to finish an Audiobook, but something about this one made me want to listen for hours on end. I finished it in three days.
However, I am not sure if it is that I listened to this almost non-stop, but towards the end I was starting to get a little bored with it.
But for the most part this book was very entertaining and almost had a soothing quality about it. That is what I personally like to read. Some books have an urgent feeling behind them, but not this one! It makes you feel like you have all the time in the world.
Time, reclamation, memory.
The journey was my favorite character.
When she gave him a bath.
This book was bought on a BOGO sale, and has surprised me joyfully. I felt laughter and tears and hope.
Harold's pilgrimage is a wonderful story, well written and universal. Carries us back through time and forward to reclaim forgotten life and truth and memory. I have rarely enjoyed a book as much, and the narrator gives life to the author's wonderful story in a perfect marriage. I loved this book. And, yes, I cried at the end...but for happy.
Such a wonderful story, sweet, poignant, meaningful, and so very English. I loved it. I loved Harold!
Harold was such an English fellow, soft spoken, understated, reserved, yet deep and interesting.
Not really - I enjoyed it over days like a good cup of tea.
brave, frustrated, kind
When you learn the truth about his son
Just when you thought your life was figured out...
I purchased this book not expecting much... I didn't realize the gem it truly was. You will laugh, cry, get pissed and then do it all again. I truly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
I read this book last year and recommended it as a selection for my book club. I was going to re-read it to refresh my memory and then decided to listen to it for a new experience. Wow, am I glad I did. Jim Broadbent brought such subtle nuance to the character and made his emotions so real. If they make a movie of this book, he should play Harold, although he might not want to: been there, done that.
The themes of transformational introspection, love deprived and nurtured, and the healing power of forgiveness resonated with me. A lovely tale of an Everyman (and woman) on their Everyjourney.
This book is beautifully written and the words seem to almost sing when listened to. This was definitely a case where listening to the audible version was better than the read, which, by the way, I loved. It's also a book I will listen to again, after a while. Kind of like a movie you watch about once every year or two.
This poignant novel is about mistakes, grief, misunderstandings and one man's impossible journey to move on.
One of my favorite audio books, narrated by the wonderful Jim Broadbent. A perfect combination of stellar writing and spot-on delivery.
Beautifully written, heart wrenching tale of one man's observations about people and his own life's failures, ending with a glimmer of hope. Easy to suspend belief and nod your head at the emotions you share with Harold, while listening to the fabulous narration by a British actor Jim Broadbent. Get ready for a good cry at the finish. Wonderful for those who like "slice of life" stories.
Subtle and well written.
When Queenie dies.
Sometimes love requires a 627 mile walk.