Only did audio, but in my experience with such a good reader there is no comparison
I wait for books that offer a unique story with beautiful writing that just takes you in and doesn't let go
Highly recommended. Beautiful book.
I admit, I read the synopsis and ordered the book. Then, I lost sight of it in the mass of other impulse books I tend to order. I am so glad that I finally migrated back to Harold Fry. As we approach a certain age, midlife or perhaps beyond, we face thoughts and regrets about things we have done unto others. Harold Fry's crisis relates to an incident in his work setting -- he allowed another to take responsibility for something he had done. She is now dying of cancer and he decides to walk across Britain as a sign of repentance and to ask for forgiveness. It is certainly a LARGE gesture, but given what this character has faced in life, it is understandable. I think many of us would want to opt-out of life for a while and do something out of character. Harold does that. He attracts attention from others and disrupts his wife's quiet existence.
The writing is direct, thoughtful and even believable, given the basic premise. I appreciated the story's unfolding and the burdens the main character has carried with during his life. It is filled with anticipation of a reunion that becomes much more than a determined meeting between two former colleagues.
This book reflects regret, atonement, unwanted attention, distance and coming together. I truly appreciated its subject and imagine that it will provoke discussion among other readers.
Marriage and Family Therapist
Sometimes magical thinking works. Harold sets off to save a friend in a way that makes his wife question his sanity, but his quirky quest leads to more being saved than either could have imagined. Sweet, funny, moving. Loved it.
This one pulls you in. Starting simply you are pulled into a lifetime of reflection on choices made, heartaches suffered....the tapestry that made Harold and his wife. I aches with them, I cried with them, I laughed with them, and I felt their lives. Don't miss this one
I enjoyed the writing, the story and the performance in almost equal measure. A section of the book dragged somewhat and seemed out of place (I won't say which to avoid a spoiler) but the book was well worth the listen. I thought the author did an excellent job of teasing out the story of Harold's relationships and portraying how we all suppress "unpleasantness" in our lives. It was also genuinely touching without being maudlin.
I wasn't prepared for this story. But as in most good stories, that made it even better.
I quickly identified with Harold Fry, as I am a father of an only son - and my parents' only son. And about 2/3 of the way through, I thought I had it figured out. But I found myself crying uncontrollably, while driving around town listening to the last few chapters.
This was truly an unlikely, but memorable pilgrimage for Harold and for me.
The narrator of this book makes it such a joy to listen to that I couldn't put it down!
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.