Yes, I probably will listen to the book again. It is a wonderful story and charged with Jim Broadbent's first rate narration. This audio-book should be the standard which all narrators should emulate. First, Broadbent does not rush. He allows the listener a bit of time for certain sentences to sink in. This is especially important because of the incredibly beautiful prose of Joyce. Secondly, there are so many gorgeous metaphors created by the author. Sometimes there are metaphors in literature which are pretentious and forced. Joyce's metaphors seem to be like a normal adjective, some of them are pure genius.
One of the great actors of the day, having performed in "Moulin Rouge" and "Iron Lady", Broadbent brings a very gifted actors' sensitivity to expression and language. As an audiobook, Broadbent has created something of a performance. His tone of voice are perfect for the story. Also, of course, I imagined Mr. Broadbent as the protagonist, which brought an even more wonderful experience to the novel.
I sure hope he continues to narrate. Spectacular.
The older "distinguished" gentleman Harold meets at a train station.
I do hope Joyce continues writing novels. When I googled her, I couldn't believe this was her first novel. I had just completed George Eliots' "Mill on the Floss", and in my humble opinion, Joyce's work was comparable. However, Joyce is contemporary. Her gentle style is simple, yet refined.
This book is quiet in an "English" way, like Harold himself, but compelling and heartfelt. Speaks to the human spirit and leaves one with hope. Worth the credit.
Easily tied for first place (among about 10 others).
Simply inspiring. No matter what you do in life - this book will inspire you to do it with love.
Great characterization, great storytelling.
I was skeptical going into this one. My husband keeps talking about how he is going to "walk across America" once he is retired. It was with that in mind, that I gave this one a listen. And I LOVED IT! It was so good at making me feel like I was walking right alongside Harold and I kept hoping that Queenie would indeed be waiting. This one may be a surprise hit to you too.
The descriptions and stories of the people Harold meets on his journey were very interesting. The emotional wall that had built up between Harold and his wife was very believable and I appreciated how the story of Harold's past unfolded as he walked.
An insightful look at a life filled with regret, framed by a long and difficult walk across England. I liked this book a lot. The story is of a deeply unhappy man who leaves the house and just keeps going, unprepared and with no real plan. His life unfolds as memory while he faces a series of physical and personal challenges. Anglophiles will appreciate the language and geography; however, the real journey here is inward.
Very entertaining. Didn't want it to end.
The performance was great!
A walk, an awakening!
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I read the reviews and thought I'd give it a try. It was a pleasent book on second chances and not being afraid to follow your heart.
not the best, but definitely up there.
When Harold left the garage and the reader realizes that he,s really going to keep walking
That he managed to sound as if this was just an ordinary everyday occurence.
Harold Frye tries to put things right.
the book made me want to do something just as extraordinary .
I really enjoyed this book, although I usually listen to a different type of books - biographies, thrillers or business-related. This seemed to be a quaint little adventure story, with a very emotional appeal. I felt like my sister-in-law, a high school literature teacher, would appreciate the nuances of this book, and assign it as reading material.
Harold. I felt an emotional connection with him, as his journey moved him through the countryside as much as through emotional struggles.
The neighbor. I felt as though I could actually see that gentleman.
The last quarter of the book, just after the pilgrims went on. Raw, emotional times which made me uncomfortable because I could feel the pain.