For me, the voice has to be great, and Jim's is. The story is so tightly written with some fantastic imagery.
Harold. He's almost the only character in the story.
The convenience store girl.
The story moves a bit slow, with lots and lots of variation on the theme of all the things that went wrong in Henry's life and those of his family members. I found that I could skip whole chapters and not miss much plot.
refreshing, depressing, exhilirating
Jim broadbent is Harold Fry :-)
Queenie - she is the inspiration for the story
I have not read the print version, the narrator does a wonderful job. I felt like I was right in the story.
Harold, of course!
An excellent story of surprising depth for the simplicity of setting and relatively few characters. Harold's pilgrimage is, in many ways, the story of all of us, and that is what makes it such a compelling read.
The unexpected twists and turns and the constant wondering about the outcome! Great story line, characters I could connect with, and unexpected quiet truths.
YES! Couldn't do it because car journey wasn't long enough, but looked forward to running to the store to get 5 minutes of this story in.
A totally unexpected delight. This story is so well crafted that it constantly leaves you hanging. Rachel Joyce truly understands the art of giving the reader just information that they want to read on and discover the truth within pilgrimage. This story will be on my list of all-time favorites.
It took awhile to warm up to this story. No heroes, just everyday people muddling through life. Fortunatly even everyday people have their moments in the sun. Poor Herold. I wasn't sure if I wanted to hug him or kick him at times. But isn't that how women feel about men in general.
Loved listening to Jim Broadbent! My favorite narrator so far!
Even though it was slightly predictable, it was just a lovely story about how we take each other for granted, treat our significant other with carelessness, and forget to forgive and love each other to the best of our abilities under each circumstance.
His ability to change characters and such animation!!
Harold Fry. Because he was so vulnerable and because of the happenings of his past, he was able to become determined and move on.
This book finally grabbed me (for a bit) after about the mid-way point but was hard to get through. The story was intriguing, but much like the character, Harold Fry, it just seemed to plod along without alot of enthusiasm. I got through it, and it was a charming story in the end, but I can't really recommend it.
Yes, this book is a cozy, thoughtful book. It entertains but also brings up points to ponder...a very perceptive author.
Harold was my favourite character because he came out of himself and displayed courage and compassion. He is a role model for people who find themselves in a rut.
If you could step out of your day to day existence and rediscover yourself.....
This is a delightful story, the narrator is superb in slipping into different characters and has all the elements of a British read. The pace is soothing but not slow. A "sit back and enjoy with tea" book.