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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Audiobook
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Written by: 
Rachel Joyce
Narrated by: 
Jim Broadbent
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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Audiobook

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

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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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    Robin 01-29-13
    Robin 01-29-13
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    "Harold has my heart!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, the narrator does a wonderful job. I felt like I was right in the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harold, of course!


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    Anne Lakewood, CO, United States 01-27-13
    Anne Lakewood, CO, United States 01-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Surprising Depth"

    An excellent story of surprising depth for the simplicity of setting and relatively few characters. Harold's pilgrimage is, in many ways, the story of all of us, and that is what makes it such a compelling read.

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    Candi United States 01-26-13
    Candi United States 01-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Unexpectedly Touching"
    What did you love best about The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?

    The unexpected twists and turns and the constant wondering about the outcome! Great story line, characters I could connect with, and unexpected quiet truths.


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

    YES! Couldn't do it because car journey wasn't long enough, but looked forward to running to the store to get 5 minutes of this story in.


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    Larry Goolsby Bellingham, Wa United States 01-24-13
    Larry Goolsby Bellingham, Wa United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Once in a decade......."

    A totally unexpected delight. This story is so well crafted that it constantly leaves you hanging. Rachel Joyce truly understands the art of giving the reader just information that they want to read on and discover the truth within pilgrimage. This story will be on my list of all-time favorites.

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    Sherry HOUSTON, TX, United States 01-23-13
    Sherry HOUSTON, TX, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Never Too Late"

    It took awhile to warm up to this story. No heroes, just everyday people muddling through life. Fortunatly even everyday people have their moments in the sun. Poor Herold. I wasn't sure if I wanted to hug him or kick him at times. But isn't that how women feel about men in general.

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    Lynn Sunnyvale, CA, United States 01-22-13
    Lynn Sunnyvale, CA, United States 01-22-13
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    "Great Storytelling!"
    Would you listen to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry again? Why?

    Loved listening to Jim Broadbent! My favorite narrator so far!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?

    Even though it was slightly predictable, it was just a lovely story about how we take each other for granted, treat our significant other with carelessness, and forget to forgive and love each other to the best of our abilities under each circumstance.


    What about Jim Broadbent’s performance did you like?

    His ability to change characters and such animation!!


    Who was the most memorable character of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and why?

    Harold Fry. Because he was so vulnerable and because of the happenings of his past, he was able to become determined and move on.


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    Tana Harrison, AR, United States 01-18-13
    Tana Harrison, AR, United States 01-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Cute story."

    This book finally grabbed me (for a bit) after about the mid-way point but was hard to get through. The story was intriguing, but much like the character, Harold Fry, it just seemed to plod along without alot of enthusiasm. I got through it, and it was a charming story in the end, but I can't really recommend it.

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    Carin 01-17-13
    Carin 01-17-13

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    "Cozy listen!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this book is a cozy, thoughtful book. It entertains but also brings up points to ponder...a very perceptive author.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harold was my favourite character because he came out of himself and displayed courage and compassion. He is a role model for people who find themselves in a rut.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If you could step out of your day to day existence and rediscover yourself.....


    Any additional comments?

    This is a delightful story, the narrator is superb in slipping into different characters and has all the elements of a British read. The pace is soothing but not slow. A "sit back and enjoy with tea" book.

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    Dee West Brookfield, MA, United States 01-17-13
    Dee West Brookfield, MA, United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2008

    Started devouring books at age 7 and haven't stopped since... Now I can read while I drive, do dishes, clean the house, or work in garden!

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    "A lovely, lovely book"

    This was an amazing book. The descriptions of Harold's interactions with people along the way are by turns laugh-out-loud funny, tender, insightful, and painfully sad.
    A heart-wrenching and yet joyful story of a family that lost its way and then found it again,

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    Gayle Chilliwack, BC, Canada 01-15-13
    Gayle Chilliwack, BC, Canada 01-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Initially boring but does turn around"
    Would you listen to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry again? Why?

    No, the beginning of the book is just too boring.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Harold was writing to the girl in the garage and we discovered his son had died.


    If you could rename The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, what would you call it?

    Real Life


    Any additional comments?

    I almost turned this book off but I'm so glad I didn't. The last half of the book was great, totally unexpected.

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