Well done audiobook. The chapter character transitions between Harold, Queenie and Maurine keeps the storyline interesting.
Harold is my favorite character who discovers his strengths through the hearts and minds of others along his journey across England.
Broadbent brings life to the thoughts and memories of the main characters, especially Harold's life review.
This is a charming and understated book that works extremely well on many levels. The whimsical conceit and cover art of an eccentric englishman walking across the country to save an old friend belies a thought provoking examination of how we relate to each other, what people need and what is really important in life and relationships. The simple sounding plot is full of twists and surprises, and every time you think you know what is coming the author surprises you with something more interesting. The narration matches the quality of the story.
A wonderful story read by Jim Broadbent. What could be better............
Mr. Broadbent was the perfect choice for this story.
If they do make a film I hope Mr. Broadbent plays the role of Harold.
Long time married couple who share this subscription and find it enriches our conversations. We listen while commuting, cooking, working out, and often drifting off to sleep!
This is a book I would listen to again. Harold's quiet reflection and kindness drew me in. Like when in the presence of someone who speaks quietly, I found myself leaning in t to catch the meaning. I enjoyed the way Harold's walk stripped him to his bare essentials.
There is a type of British novel that I really like. Ages ago I read several Barbara Pym novels and this one reminded me of those. Stories about real people who find life overwhelming and yet manage to "get on." I like the quiet way these stories unfold allowing me to enjoy them at my own pace and they give me time to reflect on my own life along the way.
Jim Broadbent's reading was absolutely perfect for this story. He was kind to each of the characters and got inside each one.
The book made me reflect on what's important in life. What happens when we try to ignore pain and how powerful acceptance is. I found the book very hopeful.
I was captivated by this book -- both the story and the narration. The author weaves many elements of humanity into the pilgrimage.
The novel is universal. One can relate to every sentence written.
Harold. I am he.
Jim Broadbent mad the experience extremely enjoyable. Of all the audiobooks I have listened to, he ranks number one as a performer. I searched Audible for other books narrated by him, but I unfortunately didn't find any (apart from children's novels). What a shame.
I am so glad I listened to this book. I really enjoyed it. The story was engaging, memorable and very touching. As Harold walks, he and his wife Maureen reconnect emotionally after years of unhappiness. The narration was wonderful! I would definitely like to read more by this author.
This brilliant story of a man, a marriage, a family- includes something with which every person can identify. It sheds light on our humanity and growth as individuals in ways I've never quite recognized in the same way through other fiction.
Jim Broadbent inhabited the character of Harold Fry in such as way as to actually make the story more like a one-man play. I have not read the book in print, but I would not want to now- the performance was so perfect, I certainly could not have "heard" the book as well in my own mind, and will never read it without feeling the performance of this gifted reader!
Rachel Joyce writes with a light hand and an open heart. She brings tears of recognition to our eyes. She opens us to truths about our own lives in the same way that Harold Fry recognizes truths about himself and his own life. We often do not recognize those truths as events unfold, but later in life, looking back, we see that our lives have mattered in the only way that counts- in our effects upon others.
No better narrator for this lovely story than Jim Broadbent. Will definitely look for more of Rachel Joyce's work. She definitely knows her characters well.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
This is a quirky tale about a humble retired man in England who gets a letter from a friend he worked with some twenty years earlier . . . His friend is dying of cancer . . . She had been very kind to him during a very difficult time in his life . . . so he decides to write her a letter. He writes Queeny the letter, goes to the mailbox . . . but instead of mailing it, keeps on walking, leaving his wife of 40+ years at home. The emotions, thoughts, fears, physical pain and the people he encounters along the way, make this book absolutely one of the most unique books I have ever listened to. The pilgrimage that Harold undertakes changes lots of things . . . lots of people . . . and only that more of us with four or five decades of marriage under our belts like Harold and Maureen (his wife) would be so courageous as to face our demons and own our transgressions . . .