I found this book to be excellent, in the spirit of the highest level of literature. The story is far from predictable, and yet the characters are so predictable in ways that we can't help but see our own behavior in them. Despite the message about sometimes changing one's life despite all the obstacles, I still found watching Harold's decisions frustrating to watch. I sympathize with his sad life, retired with an unloving/unforgiving wife, and I think it's noble he decided on his walk on the spur of the moment. But his decisions are too unthinking: refusing to buy decent shoes and developing huge blisters, hooking up with people who are clearly not good, refusing to pause his walk despite terrible pain and miserable weather, etc. I know the author is intelligent and deliberately wants us to see all these contradictions in his life, but when the character's lack of self-awareness swamps the plot, I think it distracts from the author's good yet complicated message to the reader.
There is no way you can keep from liking Harold. He has faults like all of us, but he just tries so hard to do the right thing. His adventure had me thinking how I would react to the same difficult or enjoyable circumstances and his determination to make the journey is a rare thing. It was a long listen, but worth it.
A fun story that left me inspired to exam my journey through life and how I handled my challenges, fears and relationships.
Yes. It is the best audiobook I have heard (so far!). The story is engaging and the characters are memorable.
He is able to portray many characters, male and female, young and old, with depth and clarity. He has a beautiful voice and accent.
This is a moving and beautiful story and I did not want it to end. The performance by Jim Broadbent is superb. Harold Fry's journey will stay with you long after you have finished this book. A beautiful read....you will not regret going along on Harold's journey.
The characters were so alive that I could really relate to them.
When his wife started cleaning out the closet and she realized how much she loves Harold.
It made me care very much about the characters and their story.
Lovely inspiring story about new beginnings.
The Booker Prize people were wrong not to give Rachael Joyce the award in 2012. This book is inspiring, hopeful, mindful and reminds us about second chances, redemption, and life's moments of pure serendipity. It is also a great study of memory and an intuitive look at grief. I will pick this book up again and have already recommended it to everyone who will listen. Listen to it!
The story is overwritten in parts, the main character's actions do not even remotely fit as a him as an person - not believable and without credibility.
This was the best part about the book
If I could get a refund I would - this is one of the worst books I've listened to or years!
Not sure about this! I enjoyed the audio but may have enjoyed the book as well.
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
Being male, he probably interpreted Harald better than I may have reading it on my own.
Since I feel as if I know Harald pretty well, I would want to take his wife out for dinner.
I'm not sure. It was interesting in some part but really weird and random in others.
I really wanted to enjoy it more. I finished it though and the ending is surprising which was cool.
Some of the walk, lol.
I've been listening to audio books for years and have been an audible subscriber for ? 10 years maybe? A long time anyway.
I chose this book for my book club prior to reading it. (That is my self-imposed rule for all my selections) I was quite pleasantly surprised.
I'd actually like to read it again prior to the meeting of my book club on 4/13 so that I can set up an actual map of Harold's trip. Perhaps I will.
I liked how hidden stories for each character came out and came together in the end.
He has the perfect voice for the main character for sure.
I was intrigued by the girl at the gas station at the beginning of the book and the fact that she showed up near the end as well. Not too many kids are willing to share in an earnest conversation with an older adult, especially one that they do not know.
Sad, moving, but motivational all in one!