I listened to it twice because I found it so entertaining!
The story is good as long as you don't think too long about how not prepared this man was for what he did. I wish I could start my own pilgrimage but I'd train and buy proper equipment first!
I am not easily discouraged, but found that this book was a downer. It seemed to go on and on and on... and at the end I couldn't wait for it to end.
How many times have we heard not to judge a book by its cover. Usually I take it to mean not to just buy a book based on its cover but in the case of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry it was actually the books cover art that first drew me to the story. Judging based solely on the cover I was expecting a whimsical journey of a retiree.
However this novel is far more then first meets the high. The development of not only Harold Fry but also the support cast is incredible for this length of a novel. I really did find myself carrying for more then just Harold on his walk, but also his wife, son, and friends. I have to say I am super impressed with Rachel Joyce in this novel. It jumps right into Harold's journey but then allows you to really enjoy the simpler things in his walk that most writers might skip over.
Even more endearing about this novel is Jim Broadbent impeccable job reading the book. I instantly associated Jim with Harold and it just felt like a natural read of the book. Bravo Mr. Broadbent.
My only complain was the ending of the book which felt a little more mushy/predictable then the rest of the novel let on to be. Otherwise I think its one of the most enjoyable reads I have had in 2012.
This is a good book. Enjoyed the characters and story line.
If I told it would ruin the story line for the next reader.
I love listening to his voice.
Harold, to explore his feeling of connection with other people on his journey.
5 stars - books that I will listen to again and again. 4 stars - books that I might listen to again someday. 3 stars - books that I probably won't listen to again. 2 stars - books that I know I will never listen to again. 1 star - books that I should have never listened to in the first place.
The story is somewhat unique and overall it is well written but I never felt that any of the characters held my attention from beginning to end. I also have to add that I found the ending predictable, anti-climatic and overly sentimental for my tastes. All this being said, Jim Broadbent's performance got me through this book to the very end - I honestly do not believe I would have finished this audible book if it weren't for this narrator's wonderful performance. Long story short, this type of emotionally sentimental story is NOT my cup of tea.
I don't know what made me select this story to listen to -- perhaps it was because it was narrated by Jim Broadbent. In any case, this was a good listen!
Jim Broadbent's voice gave just the right amount of feeling to Harold's voice. This book was similar to a Faulkner work, in that the more you listened, the more you "peeled the onion" and learned what happened to cause the "Pilgrimage".
The story wasn't one that you could say, "I've read/listened to something similar before." It was very unusual, and gave an excellent view of our current culture of celebrity.
It seemed an incredible premise -- leaving the house to mail a letter to a friend, and instead starting to walk over 300 miles to see that friend. But the issues Harold dealt while walking were what we'd expect. And it was interesting to hear his voice and thoughts go through changes as the miles passed.
The characters in this story were so well written. I could see the viewpoint of Harold, and that of his wife. I really felt for Harold throughout the story. I wanted him to succeed -- but I didn't want the story to end!
I highly recommend this book.
Character, humor, and drama witten with intelligence and heart, from fantasy to non-fiction is what I'm after in a great listen.
Yes. The writing and performance captures small details in such an understated way that a second listen would remain a rich experience.
I enjoyed the ordinariness of the characters;feet of clay, with varied perceptions, but with understandable intentions.
The narrator brings a kindness to the tone of the book.
Certainly well worth my credit. I will listen again and recommend this audiobook wholeheartedly.
If you like character-driven stories that slowing chip away the outer shell of a person and reveal the soft inner core this is a story you will enjoy. No astounding action, no breath-taking plot. A simple walk undertaken by a simple man for a simple reason. And all the pieces carefully woven together to form the story of Harold Fry and his little family.
This is the kind of story that has your mind wandering back to it and rethinking it for weeks after. I didn't quite buy the ending, maybe a little too trite for this otherwise unique piece of writing. I'll look forward to more Rachel Joyce books in the future.
Harold, of course, everyone else was adjunct to him.
I liked the scene where the doctor is caring for Harold's feet. So much gentle humanity and from a character not likely to show this side to just anyone.
The reconciliation of Harold Fry, although I think Pilgrimage is a better choice.
I sincerely enjoyed this, the struggles to do this ridiculous thing, walk 500 miles to be at the deathbed of Queenie....it's extraordinary and mundane all at the same time. Well done story that slowly peels away the years of pain and suffering covering the Fry family's wounds to show the painful truths and enduring love inside each of them.
Yes, that could be true, because the narrator makes you feel like you are on the road with the main character
Harold Fry is a recent retiree in England. He lives with his wife Maureen in a marriage and life that seem empty. This novel revolves around Harold's impulsive decision to walk across England to visit an old friend who lies dying. Harold's walk wakes up a part of him that has been dormant for much of his life. His wife Maureen struggles with his decision to leave. The novel moves between Harold's stories on the road, and his and Maureen's attempt to face their past which contains much sadness. There are great moments and great characters in this novel of a true modern pilgrimage. While this was not a "page-turner," it did capture a world that I wanted to stay in. This moving novel stayed with me long after I was done. The reader was perfect for this story.