This one pulls you in. Starting simply you are pulled into a lifetime of reflection on choices made, heartaches suffered....the tapestry that made Harold and his wife. I aches with them, I cried with them, I laughed with them, and I felt their lives. Don't miss this one
I enjoyed the writing, the story and the performance in almost equal measure. A section of the book dragged somewhat and seemed out of place (I won't say which to avoid a spoiler) but the book was well worth the listen. I thought the author did an excellent job of teasing out the story of Harold's relationships and portraying how we all suppress "unpleasantness" in our lives. It was also genuinely touching without being maudlin.
A wonderful piece. You may feel it starts off slowly but relax and go with it! Soon you will not want to eat lunch or go to bed.
I wasn't prepared for this story. But as in most good stories, that made it even better.
I quickly identified with Harold Fry, as I am a father of an only son - and my parents' only son. And about 2/3 of the way through, I thought I had it figured out. But I found myself crying uncontrollably, while driving around town listening to the last few chapters.
This was truly an unlikely, but memorable pilgrimage for Harold and for me.
The narrator of this book makes it such a joy to listen to that I couldn't put it down!
This rates among the top books I've listened to over the past year. Jim Broadbents narration is perfect. Harold's pilgramage is an end of life journey of remembrance and self searching that is at once touching and poignant. And though Harold leaves his wife Maureen at home as he sets off unexpectantly on foot to a friend dying of cancer, she herself embarks upon her own journey of remembrance that exposes her own empty cold life. This unlikely pilgrimage leads both Harold and Maureen to a new beginnning that neither of them imagined. This beautiful story merges lives of emptiness and pain to a beautiful conclusion. Do not hestitate. This one is worth your time.
What a journey, the author weaves a tale that goes thru our humanity in creative intimate encounters. I loved it, this is one i would listen to again, just to relish the depth of it.
Book are life enriching
I would recommend this book because it is about an ordinary man who did something extraordinary.
I think many readers can relate to Harold's journey and if not - are intrigued by it.
I really liked the main character
I'd perhaps like to go on a walking trip with the main character as opposed to having dinner.
Just that it was a tale about an ordinary person who did an extraordinary thing and that we are all of us capable of something extraordinary....
Overall this was a good story, it dragged in parts, but I kept engaged, even cried a few times along with Harold. I think it was strange when Harold had all of those followers walking with him, but I guess it was a way to have many different characters, often contrasting with Harold. (human frailty at its best) The walk, which was therapeutic for so many people, even those not walking, like Harold's wife, caused me to cheer along with everyone, hoping Harold would make it to the end in time.
The writing was very descriptive and detailed, and allowed the reader to experience what Harold was seeing and doing. The narration was appropriate and done very well. This is the kind of easy book that requires nothing from the reader, but to tag along and enjoy.
There are few books that keep me up all night because I'd rather listen than sleep. Hello Harold Fry!