What a lovely book. I relied on the reviews of others and did not regret it. Beautifully read, thought provoking. Even if the story doesn't always go as you would wish, because that is life, a thoroughly enjoyable experience, to be recommended.
This book had overtones of Mark Wallington's great work, "The Missing Postman" but turned out not to be the copy I'd feared it might be. This is a lovely story about a man walking the length of England to see his dying friend ostensibly because he believes that his pilgrimage will keep her alive, but more really because he needs to be other than he has been and can't think what else to do.
I often listen to audiobooks whilst fishing and they fill up what are often long gaps between bites. I found myself, a middle aged man of not particularly sentimental nature, sitting by a lake with tears running down my face. Good job the lake was quiet that day or I'd be a laughing stock.
Despite the sadness which runs through the book it has a sensible and satisfactory ending which I will not spoil here.
Jim Broadbent's narration was faultless.
Whilst this book is a slow starter the story unravels to become a poignant review of life, love and loss. The final chapters are superbly descriptive and draw the journey to a close in such a well constructed story which cannot fail to have you crying one minute and smiling the next. The messages about acceptance and understanding are ones we can all relate to. The narration is brilliantly undertaken by Jim Broadbent who brings the characters to life without over shadowing the parts.
I really liked this novel, the narration was very well done and the story is wonderfully well written, it may drag a bit towards the end, but still well worth a credit. Harold is a wonderfully unexpected and beautifully created character.
I enjoyed this book and I liked the way the narrator read it. The main character encounters many adventures within the book, both physically and mentally, which kept me interested, . There were a number of twists in it, that I didn't expect, and it was funny in parts. Well worth listening to.
My heart went out to Harold from the first chapter, why I didn't know...but all becomes apparent, it is a book that you just don't want to end as it is so well written with all the emotional trauma that this journey takes. Jim Broadbent was an extra bonus as the narrator , so good I will listen to the story again,
Wonderful narration made this a real pleasure to listen to -the story is beautifully and touchingly told by Jim Broadbent who is perfect for this eloquent story -very moving in parts .
Wonderful vocal delivery which perfectly matched the story content. Listened to the majority of the book over a long coach journey to Italy but had to rewind frequently because the calming tones made me sleepy!!
Thoroughly enjoyed this book - great insight into older guy anxst. Usually recommend books between girl friends but was very happy to recommend this to the blokes as well.
What seems routine, changes on a whim into a captivating journey. Capturing small details, an individuals memories, self searching reflection, group dynamics verging on cult behaviour, regret, and eventually - well that would be telling!
Worth listening to, right to the end.
The narrator is perfect - really enjoyed.