A nice story, interesting to see how the character and his wife develop and evolve, both individually and as a couple, through his trek. Moves rather slowly though, so it takes patience to see it through.
The beginning as he embarks (unwittingly) on his journey.
This book sneaks up on you. At first, I thought it might be a bit slow and boring, but a neighbor recommended it, so I stuck with it. It was a lovely story, and I looked forward to listening to it every time I drove or walked. It is a work of art. The characters are well developed, and even though the plot is not "exciting" per se, the story takes unexpected twists and turns. The story comes to terms with our own humanity and brokenness, while it gives us hope of redemption. Excellent read.
Thought -provoking, redemptive, odd.
It was interesting to see the unfolding of Harold's gradual return of memories. Not a lot happens in this book. But it is powerful in its handling of emerging memories and emotions effecting one's current life - encouraged by the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other.
I have not.
Not really. It is thought provoking though. I guessed part of the plot from the beginning, but was interested in how the author would work it out. I thought it was well done, and true to life's real way of things. When one is quiet for a length of time, one is able to hear things pushed away or forgotten. Harold's journey is a rich one for that reason, and he is much the better for it in the end.
I enjoyed each and every moment of this beautiful story. The narration brought the touching, relevant story to life in such a delightful way. I felt a part of the characters and so related to the conversations we all have like this in confusing daily lives. Just beautiful, and I cannot recommend it enough.
Harold Frye was an ordinary man who lived an ordinary life. The book is far from ordinary.
A pretty good story and Jim Broadbent does a nice job narrating, but the idea of the book is much more fetching than the actual execution. Harold Fry supposedly becomes more attentive to the nature around him during his long walk, but Rachel Joyce is relatively uninterested in those details. This is a nice summer story, satisfying, but just that.
The character was just too "blah." My husband and I tried to find something interesting or endearing about him, but we finally quit listening to the book because we found it a very ordinary story about a very dull man. We gave it a second chance after deciding to quit the book, but we didn't last long the second time.
My husband and I thought the reader was just flat. We had trouble paying attention to the story. Compared to another book we listened to recently, this reader didn't change his voice to fit the other characters.
I won't buy another book unless it is recommended to me by someone whose opinion I trust. This book was a waste of time for us.
This book plods along. I had to wait until almost the last few pages (last CD) to like the characters even a little bit. I did enjoy the descriptions of the things that Harold saw as he walked, but that wasn't really enough. If this had been a paperback (or even a hardback), I would have put this book down after the first few chapters and not picked it back up again (well, maybe I'd try to get into it later...) As it was I found myself fast forwarding through many of the CD's that I had burned). You might really like this book, but it wasn't for me.
I am waiting patiently for the best book on earth!!
I loved this book and could so relate!
I cried at the ending, it was so beautiful!
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
I am not sure... I couldn't get into this one.
Winter of the World will be my next listen
I really tried, but could not get interested in this book. Too bad.