I just couldn't care about any of the characters. I felt sure I could connect with somebody, being Irish, having endured 12 yrs of Catholic school/guilt and having a family summer home. I found everybody disagreeable. I bought this on the $25% off sale. I'm glad I didn't waste a credit.
My own personal taste in narrators found Ms. Bilger to be like a commercial for elocution. Just slightly annoying. The story was entertaining but did not live up to what I expected from all the glowing reviews.
I fell for it. I thought the story slogged along and this was one of the worst narrators ever. So many times, I had inserted a mental period only to discover that it was a mistimed, inappropriate pause. The only reason I finished was I didn't have the good sense to download a backup for my roadtrip. Thumbs down!
I'm a huge Elton fan since the seventies. The story of his redemption in meeting Ryan White is amazing. But, too much time was spent ripping Ronald Reagan for not getting the import of this new disease. Were we the only country on earth that was supposed to find the cure? I just don't appreciate a person from another country badmouthing our medical system and our government. England is not third world. The world is responsible for finding a cure not just the United States.
Harold is an ordinary man who gets a letter from a coworker of long ago who is in a hospice. How can you reply to that by letter so, on his way to the post office, he decides to hand deliver the letter and tells her to hang on until he gets there. The book follows his 600 mile journey in yacht shoes. It reminded me a bit of Forest Gump's trip across country. Along the way, Harold discovers alot about himself, his part in his thorny relationship with his wife and we find out why he is taking this long journey on foot to see Queenie. I recommend you take the journey also.
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