Sparse, clean, evocative, enchanting and wondrous. My words can not start to describe this work.
You walk and dream right along w/ Harold during his journey as he discovers much of his life in the rear view mirror. It seems often, it is only after the fact that we get a clear understanding of what we have experienced and who we should have recognized as important, no mater what a small part they played in our lives (are their small parts or do they all add up?). I don't understand why more people don't know about this work. It reminds me of "Gump", "Racing in the Rain", "Guernsey Potato Pie Society", or "Legend of Bagger Vance".
This is one of the best works I have ever read.
Now how wonderful was the reader!! Just as excellent as possible! I don't think this book will be done justice on the printed page after being colored w/ such a rich read. I will listen to more by Jim Broadbent no matter what he reads! His voice is reminiscent of Anthony Hopkins or Richard Burtan. I can not say enough good things about the artists and their production group.
Thanks so much for such a textured experience and it is an experience.
Chuck Cunningham, Solvang, CA
The book picks up speed near the middle of the book and has some interesting twists and turns--especially when you find the reason for the pilgrimage. Starts out really slow and not even sure that you like the characters. Think it would have been better enjoyed by actually reading as opposed to listening. I need more excitement to keep my interest while listening to audible book.
Jim Broadbent was magnificent performer---he has a beautiful voice and it was nice having an Englishman reading about an Englishman---I pictured Harold as Jim Broadbent.
Yes---I did picture story as a sweet movie---Harold Fry should be played by Jim Broadbent!
From start to finish, this was a satifying, interesting, and, mostly plausible story that had current implications beyond the pilgrimage itself. This pilgrimage helped a long troubled couple find themselves, along with their seemingly lost marriage.
My favorite encounter was with the foreign doctor who now cleans houses. It is a sad commentary on immigration in general, and it's unexpected consequences, It brings an interesting dimention to the story.
I have enjoyed Audible reads for years, but I also read many books. They both have their benefits. However, a good narrator certainly brings a story to life in an extraordinary way. Jim Broadbent did a great job.
No, but I never do that. I usually listen when I run.
Yes I would listen to the story again as it was well written and provided several aspects that made it enjoyable. First, the journey itself was an adventure, and who doesn't like an adventure. There was also the cliff hanger throughout; would Harold make it in time? Along the way though, we see character development, both of Harold and his wife.
One of the most memorable moments for me was the time when those who joined Harold on his walk wanted to forge ahead and leave Harold behind, making the walk about them and their own personal agendas while not realizing that the spirit of the walk, rested in Harold. It's an interesting comment on how many things work in business and politics.
He read the story so well that really, his one voice didn't take anything away from the various characters who spoke. I liked his performance.
Nice, warm and sweet story. It touched me and I enjoyed it a lot. It is funny but with a dark humor.
It seems like middleage men trying to find themselves is the new thirtysomething trying to find themselves. I have read, sorry - listned to, a few books where the main character is way past his first youth and his life is a total mess. This one, A SPot of Bother, The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Slim... Just like High Fidelity, The Best a Man Can Get seemed to be typical just a few years ago. Maybe it is just me getting older...
Loved the reader's performance and accent. Perfect fit for the story.
I Wished I had read this as part of a book club. I'd love to hear everyone elses comments. Very thoughtful book on so many levels. I loved all the different characacters in this book. I would recommend reading and sharing this book. I was in a meeting and my co-worker passed me a note with the books title on it and said read it, I passed the note back and said already have.
Tell us about yourself!
I connected with all the characters. I believed in the compassion and will of this story.
The day Harold separated from his followers and realized this was a personal walk and not one that he wanted glamourized by media. He did not want to lose the focus of his walk, he remained true to his desire.
I highly recommend this book. Harold Fry's pilgrimage truly takes you along his journey.
This is truly an inspirational book to the reader.
The story was well-told and the characters were complex and believable, even though the adventure itself was a bit unlikely.
Harold's first breakfast away from home, alternately encouraged and heckled by the B&B guests.
I love Harold but I think Maureen is even more sympathetic, to me.
I was in tears at the end but will not say any more for fear of spoiling it.
There are a lot of important reflections on marriage here -- it seems that Harold and his wife had to spend time apart to really see each other.
this book is up there with the best, delightful listen
the lovely writing, and the way the story flowed and made you think about life.
I enjoyed the entire book, the parts with the other pilgrims slowed things down for me a bit, but once they left it was great again.
Althought i enjoyed the entire book and would highly recommend it, the ending was not as satisfactory as I think it could have been, would have liked a bit more there and a bit more satisfying, but overall a great listen.
"Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the aweful * grace of God.