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!
I listened as I walked, to the novel as read by Jim Broadbent. Great narrator. on the whole, I found the book very well- written. I got bogged down about 2/3 of the way through, with the other pilgrims who joined Harold, and am contemplating whether the tale wouldn't have been just as strong without their addition.
The mundane minutiae of life and Harold's journey that the author captured, while not losing sight of the meanings of Harold's very long walk into the land of the living.
His voice, pacing, the whole performance - completely engaging.
The people and places bring back memories of my travel through England. I would not have been as iinterested if I had not been there and could picture the people and places that were discribed in the book. I am a psychologist and found the personalities familiar. It was slow at times, but not enough to put the book aside. The story was funny, sad, and inspireing. I would not recommend it to everyone, but would recommed it greatly to some people. It is not the normal that I am used to, but, a great break from the regular books I am interested in.
Maybe a little less listing of all of the many flowers and open land observed by Harold. I felt that those areas were slowing down the story
A very interesting determination of Harold's that would not be typical of his caricature.
I always want more of a book I have enjoyed! I would get a follow-up if it was available.
Worth giving it a try for the avid reader.
I've never been to England before, but the details of Harold's walk were so detailed that I could follow his journey on Google Maps. It was a great way to enjoy this book. I loved the complicated relationships, even though I guessed the big twist about an hour into the book. It still didn't ruin the moment it was revealed towards the end. I say towards the end because it wasn't really close enough for the end. Do you remember those wavy plot lines that your literature teacher drew on the chalkboard in grade school? The plot builds up slowly, slowly, slowly, until you reach the top of the mountain, then it quickly goes back down and the book ends. I have a feeling Miss Joyce never saw that wavy line, because after the big shocking twist, she continues to plod on. And on. And on. I found myself zoning out.
Overall, however, this was a great book. And for her first book, outstanding! I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
Yes - definitely
When you find out how many miles he actually walks.
Loved the English accent
The narrator is excellent. The story is funny and moving and unexpected. Very unique experience.
He has a way with character and distinguishing them. I could not choose a favorite among them. Harold was pitch perfect.
Harold and Queeny. Harold because we follow the story mostly through his eyes, and his experience of the world and Queeny because she has a great spirit.