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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel | [Rachel Joyce]

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - Why did I love this book so much? The answer to that question is as complicated as trying to explain why you love a particular person. Because that’s what this book is – an entire life encapsulated and explored through the thoughts and encounters of a man on an unexpected journey. The story slowly grows and unfolds until the full picture is before you – blooming and beautiful and completely irreplaceable. Jim Broadbent’s narration is so utterly real it breaks your heart. — Emily

Publisher's Summary

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 of quotidian minutiae is a letter addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl 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, as happens in the very best works of fiction, Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person. And thus begins the unlikely pilgrimage at the heart of Rachel Joyce's remarkable debut. Harold Fry is determined to walk 600 miles from Kingsbridge to the hospice in Berwick-upon-Tweed because, he believes, as long as he walks, Queenie Hennessey will live.

Still in his yachting shoes and light coat, Harold embarks on his urgent quest across the countryside. Along the way he meets one fascinating character after another, each of whom unlocks his long-dormant spirit and sense of promise. Memories of his first dance with Maureen, his wedding day, his joy in fatherhood, come rushing back to him - allowing him to also reconcile the losses and the regrets. As for Maureen, she finds herself missing Harold for the first time in years.

And then there is the unfinished business with Queenie Hennessy.

A novel of unsentimental charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry introduces Rachel Joyce as a wise - and utterly irresistible - storyteller.

©2012 Rachel Joyce (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"When it seems almost too late, Harold Fry opens his battered heart and lets the world rush in. This funny, poignant story about an ordinary man on an extraordinary journey moved and inspired me." (Nancy Horan, author of Loving Frank)

"There's tremendous heart in this debut novel by Rachel Joyce, as she probes questions that are as simple as they are profound: Can we begin to live again, and live truly, as ourselves, even in middle age, when all seems ruined? Can we believe in hope when hope seems to have abandoned us? I found myself laughing through tears, rooting for Harold at every step of his journey. I'm still rooting for him." (Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife)

"Marvelous! I held my breath at his every blister and cramp, and felt as if by turning the pages, I might help his impossible quest succeed." (Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand)

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    kathleen Arlington, VT, United States 02-05-13
    kathleen Arlington, VT, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wasn't What I Expected"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Story moved too slowly... hard time keeping with it! Listened to about 3 hours and then gave up!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rachel Joyce again?

    I would certainly pay more attention to the sample...


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not a detraction...


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, bored...


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bette Gustine, CA, United States 12-21-12
    Bette Gustine, CA, United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Very thoughtful, enjoyable read."

    After selecting only murder misteries, this was a wonderful break. It was great to enjoy a simple story of human connections, life's regrets and rebuilding.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael kansas city, MO, United States 10-29-12
    Michael kansas city, MO, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "slow going but sad enough to want to finish"

    drug on.. long journey.. i did like the depressing nature of the old man.. the English nature seem dreary and he brought that out..

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jodi Kaukauna, WI, United States 10-08-12
    Jodi Kaukauna, WI, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Just Okay"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book if my friend had nothing else to read/listen to.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I didn't particularly like the accent.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Noreen WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 09-18-12
    Noreen WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Incredible Pilgrimage"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry to be better than the print version?

    OF COURSE!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harold. He does the physical, mental, social and spiritual growth of one crippled, discouraged, depressed, and boring. He is like an English Forest Gump.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In the home of the foreign female doctor as he continues his walk with her blessing.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to share it with my book club!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen new York, NY, United States 09-10-12
    Ellen new York, NY, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting but predictable"
    Would you try another book from Rachel Joyce and/or Jim Broadbent?

    No


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I might change the ending.


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

    Harold Fry.


    Any additional comments?

    This book held my interest throughout but was certainly far from my favorite read.
    It had some interesting twists and turns but was a bit trite and predictable.
    And since when are folks in their early sixties considered "elderly"?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Regina Ottawa, ON, Canada 08-14-12
    Regina Ottawa, ON, Canada 08-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Lovely story"

    This is a nice little adventure story and you do feel like you're part of it. Wonderful work.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    janet smiths falls on. k7a-4h7 08-10-12
    janet smiths falls on. k7a-4h7 08-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    "so beautifully written"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    jim broadbents' narration suits this book to a tee.


    What did you like best about this story?

    well written. well read can't beat this combo


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tonya Ooltewah, TN, United States 06-29-13
    Tonya Ooltewah, TN, United States 06-29-13 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Finishing this book felt like work."
    What disappointed you about The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?

    Dry, dull, tiresome ... I waiting to be inspired or at least gather a life lesson.
    Work, parenting, marriage is challenging enough without listening to someone else go on about their problems. Yuck.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Quigley Manchester, MD United States 10-23-12
    J. Quigley Manchester, MD United States 10-23-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Horribly Depressing"
    Would you try another book from Rachel Joyce and/or Jim Broadbent?

    I was under the impression that this was an uplifting book about someone journeying within, as well as on foot, who meets interesting people along the way that provide insight for him (not so much) along his path. In reality it is the most depressing story with a horrible twist. As someone who escapes into books to feel better, this was a disaster.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rachel Joyce again?

    No


    What three words best describe Jim Broadbent’s performance?

    versatile, realistic, good timing


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?

    As a mother of a troubled child, this upset me quite a lot. I think there should be a warning of some sort.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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