Fun, fun, (major) fun. It's categorized as a young adult book, but don't let that stop you. And if you're not a gay teenage boy, don't let that stop you either. Because this quest for a boyfriend/girlfriend is something most people can relate to.
Of course, it brings to mind Seth Rudetsky's other book, BROADWAY NIGHTS, which dealt with the grown-up version of the musically-talented and lovelorn hero, a decent guy who's looking for Mr. Right. This one, Broadway Nights, is hysterically funny and has a lot of insider information about the workings of Broadway. . Seth's use of language is really clever, so much so that I want to listen to the whole book again.
Seth Rudetsky is one-of-a-kind. I can't imagine this book without his narration, because he brings so much of himself to the role. That man can certainly turn a phrase! It's laugh-out-loud funny in places, entertaining throughout, and brings back memories of all that high school drama. Seth voices the main character, with terrific actors like Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Megan Hilty, Will Swenson, Josh Gad, and Ana Gasteyer voicing the supporting characters. It's such an assembly of talent!
It caused a release of endorphins and kept me entertained on an otherwise uneventful road trip.
I liked both of Seth's books so much for their pure entertainment value that I had to email him and let him know. He sent me a message from his iPhone (!) a short time later, and now he has a dedicated fan in me. (His YouTube videos and other pursuits are really entertaining as well. He's a versatile musician who plays piano and conducts orchestras. Check him out.)
(I know; that's more than three words.)
Okay, here are 3 words: I LOVED IT!
Jim Broadbent brings Harold to life in all his gentleness, determination, and vulnerability. Harold is an ordinary man who does an extraordinary thing and who changes his thoughts about his life, and the people in it, along the way. Jim Broadbent's voice is soothing and expressive and always seems pitch perfect for the narration.
I would take Harold to dinner. His journey has made him very accepting and open-minded; he's always been a good, decent, pleasant man and I would enjoy hearing more of his thoughts.
This is not an ordinary book. This is an extraordinary book. The characters are so rich and full that they feel like friends and acquaintances, and the journey is unforgettable. You will always remember Harold Fry, and you will be better for having traveled with him.
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