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.
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.
And I am so glad I did. What a wonderful book this is. Heartbreaking, funny, understated and yet a little fantastic.
Can't stop listening
There are layers here. There is beauty and there is a profound sense of what life is about. I haven't been so sad to finish a book in a long time. Perfect for a walk.
In the top 10
My favorite was when harold leaves the group and starts out on his own again.
This is not the type of book I normally listen to, but the description intrigued me. I was not disappointed. Harold is a quirky, but lovable character and the narrator does an excellent job of bringing him to life. I also enjoyed the wide range of other characters he encounters on his pilgrimage. The best thing about this book is that you begin to examine your own life and relationships just as Harold examines his. His emotional journey is as compelling as his physical journey, and you will enjoy traveling with him through both.
I couldn't put this one down and finished it in just a few days. There are so many themes running in this book- love, loyalty, regret, independence, and finding meaning in life, and though these can be heavy topics, they don't seem that way. It will make you think about the expectations you have for your own relationships- friends, spouse, children, neighbors and strangers. Can there be kindness left in humanity? The plot synopsis seemed so simple and yet this simple story of a man trying to reconnect with a friend has made me really think about all these topics. And it has a twist to boot! Listen to this one.