Firstly I must rave about Caroline Lee as narrator, she's amazing! Her command of Italian names and phrases wowed me with each such word spoken. She has the incredible talent of speaking with the voices of all the characters with such credibility that the narrator disappears and the characters come alive. The best narrator I have ever heard.
The accounts of Italy under Mussolini and during WW II were chilling. I wanted to know more and did some research on my own. We have heard so little of Italy's involvement during the war. This was quite an eye opener.
The scene with Luciano in the tunnel moved me the most. What an incredible story.
The title belies the breadth and depth of the book, but i like its subtlety.
This is by far the best audible experience that I have had and the best book I have every 'read'.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is beautifully crafted with a language that takes you from achingly tender sadness to breath-taking beauty and joy. I found myself pausing to absorb and savour Harold's description of the countryside and moments of pure insight.
This book took me by surprise; it delivered so much more than I was expecting. I can think of no other book like it. It will amuse, enlighten and touch you deeply with every mile that Harold walks.
Mr. Broadbent is a master artist. He brings you into the hearts of every character. You feel the trepidation, fears and pure joy that Harold experiences. I found myself crying with wonder; joy; deep felt sadness, and his profound regret as Harold reflects on his life and opens his eyes to the life around him. Mr. Broadbent's voice, characterization and timbre bring out the individual souls of each person you meet during this book. I can't recommend it enough.
This is a book you want to savour and never want to end. Sit yourself down in a comfortable place and open your mind to wonder.
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