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Monika

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  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2910)
    Performance
    (2590)
    Story
    (2592)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Unexpected Find"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry to be better than the print version?

    Have not read anything by the author yet, so I can not compare.Jim Broadbent is a very good narrator though, I don't think that I would have liked the printed version as much.Especially listening to the British accent gives the story the character that can not be got by reading the story as a non-Brit.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the unpretentious storyline. This book is about a character that doesn't want to make waves in his life. And the narration is just like that.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Broadbent – was your favorite?

    I liked Harrold, naturally. But I also liked how he developed Maureens role.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Harold was asking for his son, after he hit "rock bottom".


    Any additional comments?

    I am giving this book high marks for it's original story of a life lived not to the fullest. And I liked that the story is not one of self-pitty but a life story that is told without drama. No one is being blamed for how Harold lived his life the way he did, or why Maureen was acting the way she developed her behaviour over the years.The good part is,that we can swing our lives around even after we are retired, and sometimes it just takes as long to take a good look at ourselves.All it takes is one step, and a lot more others, just like Harold went from the corner mail box to the other end of Britain.

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