I loved this book at the beginning. I loved the premise of the book. And I loved how the autor kept Harold as a regular person at the beginning of the walk. But by then end -- can't put my finger on what happened, but I felt like the author got tired of writing and just wanted to wrap it up. Maybe it was that she stayed with the reality of the situation, but it just wasn't fulfilling for me. I didn't feel that I ended up taking anything away, other than just a pleasant story.
This isn't my typical read, but I found myself laughing in some places and crying in others. This story has so many layers and they are laid out in such simple prose. The author examines love, loss, communication, marriage, societal quirks, and aging (and those are just the ones I remember off the top of my head.) This book has strong ratings and I see why. Well worth the credit.
Harolds willingness to get to know people just made him so endearing.
When Maureen visited him along the route and looked at him and loved him so much.
I found myself doing extra work just so I could keep listening.
This book and the characters are so believable I found myself crying with their heartache and laughing with their memories. It is a book I will not soon forget.
I loved "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" and was searching for a book of the same ilk. This book just wasn't it. Firstly, it's really difficult to like the characters, Harold Fry especially. He's just so infuriating! The book does have some nice moments and some interesting insights, and, at the end, as the backstory FINALLY reveals itself, the reader better understands how Harold and his wife became the miserable, annoying people they are... and they redeem themselves,thank goodness. Secondly, I feel like much of Harold's pilgrimage could have been left on the cutting room floor. So overall: meh. I can't really recommend it.
onlinebuyer in the City
This is a lovely story--not exceedingly original, but lovely. Well read/performed. I recommend this book, if, like me, you listen to audiobooks while driving long-distance and want your mind to be kept busy by something light and pleasant. It is not a deep book; it won't change your life (although, it did make me feel like leaving the car somewhere and walk the rest of the way!:); but it is a good story, not "perfectly" crafted but told well-enough to keep one listening to the end...
A touching story about a long marriage that speaks to all marriages at one time or another. Worth a listen. A great first book.
This is a lovely book on many levels. Harold Fry is an ordinary man, with an ordinary life. Hardly interesting, hardly worthy of a second glance. Then one day he embarks on a journey to see an old friend, and in the process he embarks on a journey that helps him begin to find himself again. We all have complex histories, moments of triumph, moments of extreme pain and sorrow. We are none of us as we appear on the surface. Sometimes we hide behind the ordinary things in life because remembering who we are, and the losses we have experienced is just too painful. However, it is also a story about how human spirit and love can triumph over adversity. This is a lovely story, and a reminder that there is more to every one than meets the eye, and that love, compassion and small acts of kindness can make all the difference. Beautiful.
I enjoyed this precisely because it did not take the tried and true path of mid-life crises. I became more and more understanding of Harold and what makes him tick as the book progressed. The turns of thought between the characters were surprising yet always believable, as, with most of life, once you understand the "stories behind the stories" you become accepting and compassionate for many of life's characters. One of my favorite lines from the book was a reference to meeting a man with no front teeth and quite simply misjudging him because of this. No further comment needed, and no further comment offered, as clearly we all "get" the reality of not only the comment but the irrational foundation for judgment. You will enjoy seeing life through Harold Fry's eyes.
Rym Rytr (rhyme writer)
Yes. Although there is no "action" per se, the idea of the dedication to his task, in the face of physical problems, makes it worth reading, (as a filler). I was highly disappointed however-several chapters in-to suddenly be assaulted by profanity and abundant use of the "F" word, in the extreme! I wish there was a rating so that I could make my purchase/choice based upon such things. There are too many books out there to waste my time and money, on something that includes personal dislikes. Without the profanity, I would give this four stars.
While the story was well written and the narration very good, I find I actually hated it. The story was sad, and quite awful in places and it was a chore to finish it. I know I am a dissenting opinion and it appears most people enjoyed this book. I just can't recommend it.