As Harold Fly journeys toward Queenie, he engages in past times that are alien to him, but like well worn shirts to the listener. Harold meets new people and begins to find the good that can be found in most everyone; he remembers picture albums of past events and cringes, cries and/or conceals. I loved this book. I loved Maureen and her marriage to Harold. I loved the angst they both lived through. I loved the end of the tunnel, by the beach, holding hands.
That in the end, love conquers all.
I liked Jim Broadbent's accent and his use of the English language to subtly paint the ideas in the story.
Charming, engrossing, life-like characters
No spoilers! Read it. The whole book is memorable.
I had not listened to Jim Broadent before but now I can't wait to see him in the film version of "Cloud Atlas." He was terrific!
Harold, obviously. So real, so British, so tragic and yet hopeful.
I don't feel as if I will ever forget Harold and Maureen and David and Queenie. They are part of me now.
I really liked the fact that Harold learned so much from doing something so simple for someone else.
Harold was my favorite character because he continually surprised himself during his entire journey but yet he never stopped looking at himself. He wanted to stop and it was painful but he would unconciously reach out to someone to keep him going.
I believe his accent and just that British way of sounding like nothing is shocking even when it the most outragous thing that could happen.
I think that was a great title.
I started to listen and thought I would be bored to tears but found a "diamond in the rough."
Thoughtful and heatrbreaking with true moments of joy. Well done Rachel Joyce. Beautiful story writing. Perfect character development. I fell in love with all of these people and didn't want it to end. I may have to start my own pilgrimage!
Yes. Without redundancy the author leads the reader on a journey of everyday commonalities through the honest eyes of a realistically normal guy. By illustrating perseverance the author succeeded in inspiring the reader. It just felt good to hear a feel-good story. Additionally, the narrator is about as easy to listen to as it gets.
Harold finally revealing the status of his son. And, Maureen realizing Harold's true involvement as a father.
First experience. Stellar performance.
This book will be at the top of my list of the best books I've ever read (listened to). The writing was lyrical and evocative and Jim Broadbent's narration was perfect. Since my husband and I are basically the same age as the main characters in the novel and our marriage about as long (but luckily without the silence and tragedy) I found so many parts to be particularly poignant.
Jim Broadbent, the narrator, is fantastic. His English accent adds to the story plot, which takes place in England. It's interesting to hear how UK people pronounce their words. For example, Mr. Broadbent, uses the word "mow-bile" for cell phone. I have listened to many audiobooks while traveling in my car, and Mr. Broadbent is by far the best.
Rex, the next door neighbor, is mentally pictured with Jim Broadbent's rough, slow voice of an older man.
yes, it was a great story about personal growth. It also had a really good twist that I wasn't expecting
I don't want to give anything away.
Ubercrafting hip Mommy
I never read or listen to anything twice, so no.
He is a WONDERFUL narrator. Really enjoyed him.
It's a perfect name.
Is it sad, yes. Is it inspirational, yes in its own way. Does it help you see things in your own life a little clearer... yes.. especially if you are married.