Harold Fry is a soft and sympathetic character who learns as much about himself as others on this impulsive journey. Jim Broadbent's reading is spot on. A bit rambling and repetitive at times, but overall a good listen
LOVED this book. It absolutely nails how people who actually love each other can destroy their relationship through poor communication, not being open to each other, and not realizing when the other reaches out. That sounds pretty grim, but there is enough humor woven in that you enjoy the story and the "lessons." The specifics of the storyline fall apart a bit near the end, but the author pulls it back together.
This is a sweet, simple, and poignant story of a sad, retired man who had lost purpose in his life but rediscovers himself through his pilgimage across country to see a dying friend. The story has a slow pace, like the walker, but builds as Harold encounters interesting characters along the way. The narration by the great British actor, Jim Broadbent, is the perfect voice for the story and for Harold.
I am a working mom who loves to squeeze in listening to books while walking, doing chores or commuting.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes books about the issues common to many long term marriages. A little space sometimes, is a good thing. This book did not offend traditional values.
Even thought the ending was predictable, I was pleased that Harold found peace.
Great job. No complaints.
A nice pro-marriage book.
Rachel Joyce is a beautiful writer. She brought us inside the minds of the two main characters with ease. She allowed the story to unfold; it could not be rushed. I was incredibly moved by the ending. Of course Jim Broadbent did the book great justice. I hope to read more by this author.
I found this book to be excellent, in the spirit of the highest level of literature. The story is far from predictable, and yet the characters are so predictable in ways that we can't help but see our own behavior in them. Despite the message about sometimes changing one's life despite all the obstacles, I still found watching Harold's decisions frustrating to watch. I sympathize with his sad life, retired with an unloving/unforgiving wife, and I think it's noble he decided on his walk on the spur of the moment. But his decisions are too unthinking: refusing to buy decent shoes and developing huge blisters, hooking up with people who are clearly not good, refusing to pause his walk despite terrible pain and miserable weather, etc. I know the author is intelligent and deliberately wants us to see all these contradictions in his life, but when the character's lack of self-awareness swamps the plot, I think it distracts from the author's good yet complicated message to the reader.
A better book.
Disappointment. Protagonist was a loser when he started, couldn't take responsibility, couldn't finish what he started, and remained that way. Only reason he finished was someone else forcing him to. Fine, he accepted his memories but never seemed to learn anything and never made the sacrifice of another meaningful or worthwhile--if i were Queenie i tell you i would be regretting my selfless actions all the way into the afterlife. Why is this a best seller? Silly question, here I went and bought it myself...
The Guernsey Literary and Sweet Potato Pie Society was a better listen in this genre, though the narrator was truly talented in bringing you into that story.
There is no way you can keep from liking Harold. He has faults like all of us, but he just tries so hard to do the right thing. His adventure had me thinking how I would react to the same difficult or enjoyable circumstances and his determination to make the journey is a rare thing. It was a long listen, but worth it.
A fun story that left me inspired to exam my journey through life and how I handled my challenges, fears and relationships.
Yes. It is the best audiobook I have heard (so far!). The story is engaging and the characters are memorable.
He is able to portray many characters, male and female, young and old, with depth and clarity. He has a beautiful voice and accent.
This is a moving and beautiful story and I did not want it to end. The performance by Jim Broadbent is superb. Harold Fry's journey will stay with you long after you have finished this book. A beautiful read....you will not regret going along on Harold's journey.