Compassionate, uplifting, meaningful.
I liked the way I felt reading the book. It gave me inspiration to be kind to strangers.
Somewhat depressing, but in the end some realizations.
Set a goal and trudge on for the reward at the end.
Don't let your relationships just go on without keeping it alive. One day you wake up and feel like strangers.
When you set the goal, remember it's your goal and not to be "shared" with others unless that was your original plan.
I think the book could have been much shorter, but overall, I liked the characters and how their lives were changed.
The story itself starts off simply. A man goes off for a walk. Although some might find this story slow at times, I think it was perfectly timed. It was timed just right for Harold to find the truth about himself, his life and his place in the world.
I found myself listening to this as if he were somebody I knew and I became curious about whether or not he would finish his journey.
The narration is nicely done as well.
I'm an avid reader who now listens to books on tape. I'm a bit late to the game but enjoying the hands free reading.
A elderly man impulsively decides to walk across England to visit a dying friend from his past. During the walk he uncovers years of denial about who he thought he was and comes to a greater understanding of his wife, marriage, son and his role as father and husband. The best thing about the story is he had no idea of what it means to be human and how he never lived his life until he took his first step across the country.
I will listen to the book again which is rare for me.
This book touched me because it seemed so genuine, so honest, and so bitter that it was beautiful. I am much like Harold, touched by the goodness of everyday people and amazed by how many of us have a story. Harold's journey is not perfect, but it is a reflection of his life inside a much bigger world that are both filled with complications, strain, heartbreak and healing. You will feel anger, and fatigue, and worry, and joy. Well worth the listen especially with such a fantastic performance on the part of Jim Broadbent. Fantastic for those who love a good tale about what it is to be human in such a imperfect world.
There is meaning in every word with crafted prose and a compelling story. An unexpressive man receives a letter and takes a walk across England, hoping to redeem himself in the eyes of a friend he never thanked. We walk with Harold and everyone he meets along the way - even the dog. Life, death, friendship, love and fear intermingle in a story that keeps the listener wanting to take one more minute to find out what's around the next bend.
Maureen was my favorite character. Flawed, blaming, and bound up by the things of life while hidden away in her house of grief, she slowly emerges as a lively and loving woman. We meet her as she is; then travel back to who she was, eventually knowing that she can be both and still be loved and lovable.
Every man's journey to life.
One of the most intriguing books I have ever read. The story line is simple. At first one might wonder how the author will develop such a linear story line, into something interesting; but she does. Even more impressive, is that this is Rachel Joyce's first novel. I am looking forward to her next work.
I have not encountered any other similar book
I love his voice! great performance!
We all ( most people at least ) live with some kind of guilt/regret, something that they would like to have a do-over. I would ask him what he would have done different in his life , if he somehow had a second chance.
Cant wait for book number 2 !
I mostly read historical non-fiction and fiction and I love it when it's done well.
Yes. I really enjoyed Broadbent's performance.
Probably not. While I liked listening to the book, I didn't care as much for Joyce's writing style. It was a little manipulating and the "reveals" toward the end of the book should have come sooner, in my opinion.
No. I thought it was too long as it was.
Yes, the summary sounds rather dull but you endure the life of one character and how much it meant for him to walk to visit an ill friend.
Harold was may favorite because of his interactions with each person he met on his venture.
Well, it would have to be Harold. The book is about him, his wife, all the various people he interacts with on his walk. He did it for all the right reasons and he met some shady characters that joined him for all the wrong reasons.
I liked the general idea of the story and I thought the reader did an excellent job.
I found this book to be way too depressing. I probably would have loved it in my younger years but find myself enjoying more uplifting stories as I get older.