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The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy Audiobook

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

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Publisher's Summary

When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note had explained she was dying. How can she wait? A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write again; only this time she must tell Harold everything. In confessing to secrets she has hidden for 20 years, she will find atonement for the past. As the volunteer points out, ‘Even though you’ve done your travelling, you’re starting a new journey, too.’

Queenie thought her first letter would be the end of the story. She was wrong. It was the beginning.Told in simple, emotionally-honest prose, with a mischievous bite, this is a novel about the journey we all must take to learn who we are; it is about loving and letting go. And most of all it is about finding joy in unexpected places and at times we least expect.

©2014 Rachel Joyce (P)2014 Random House Audiobooks

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    mollyeyre 06/11/2014
    mollyeyre 06/11/2014
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    "A joy to listen to this"

    I listened to The Pilgrimage of Harold Fry before listening to this story to remind me of the basis for the story, I loved that book - narrated by the fabulous Jim Broadbent, and this book read by Celia Imrie kept up the standard. It was a delight to be able to slot the incidents from Harold's journey into this book, seen from the other side. Celia Imrie did it proud, I loved the story, laughed and cried with Queenie, got cross on her behalf when she was 'taken for a ride', but loved her personality and character.
    I hadn't discovered Rachel Joyce prior to my introduction to Harold Fry, and now feel that I would like to find more by this author.
    This is a superb 'duet' of stories that has left me pondering and thinking about the characters long after I have pressed the 'off' button.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    M WARRINGTON, United Kingdom 23/10/2014
    M WARRINGTON, United Kingdom 23/10/2014 Member Since 2017
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    "Unrequited Love and Dying, another journey"

    I loved the unlikely pilgramage of Harold Fry so bought this book as soon as it came out. I have listened to it in just a few days. It is very different to the first book but still very good. I found it quite a harrowing read, love and dying being big subjects that Rachel Joyce does an excellent job with. I am writing this shortly after finishing the book - I have to say the book has a lovely warmth but still left me feeling a very sad.

    It was really interesting to see another side to all the main characters from the first book. As Rachel Joyce says this book is neither a sequel or prequel - it runs parallel to the original book.

    Celia Imrie does a fantastic job of narrating this book - so much so I will look for her other performances too.

    In summary a sad but excellent book that I am glad I read - it perfectly compliments the first book and like the first book it doesnt take the path of least resistance and makes the reader reflect on some of the really big issues for us all.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    stella Nottingham, United Kingdom 07/02/2015
    stella Nottingham, United Kingdom 07/02/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "The saddest and most moving book"
    If you could sum up The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy in three words, what would they be?

    reflective, sad , warm


    What did you like best about this story?

    surprises, and filling in the story that Harold Fry didn't tell us


    What does Celia Imrie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    the voices of each and every character, I would never have made them so alive and real if I'd read it


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    yes, but if I say here it will give the story away, but I felt very very sad at the end


    Any additional comments?

    this was the saddest book I've ever read, I just couldn't stop reading it because I wanted it to be over, that wasn't because it was bad, it's brilliant, but it hurt so much. My husband read it at the same time I listened to it, and he felt the same. Don't try to read this if you're feeling low, but it's a wonderful story

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kirstine 21/02/2015
    Kirstine 21/02/2015
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    "Unforgettable story of unrequited love"

    This book is an unmissable companion to ‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry’. I recommend listening to the latter first as it sets the scene for Queenie’s revelations. The Harold book is an actual journey that changes Harold’s life and Queenie’s is a journey of the soul through confession of her feelings. Both books will remain in my mind for a long time as they are so full of human feelings that moved me greatly. The two books were my companions for over 20 hours and I feel a sense of loss that I won’t hear more about Harold and Queenie’s lives. I got the impression from the Harold book that Queenie was a quiet, unassuming person with a dull life and so was pleased to learn of her colourful past and indomitable spirit. While Harold met a sequence of new people as he trudged North, Queenie’s world in the hospice is full of memorable characters given voice with wit and skill by the narrator Celia Imrie. A hospice setting sounds grim, but it’s not as there’s much laughter and excitement as the inhabitants plan for the imminent arrival of Harold.
    Without giving anything away I found the ending heart-breaking.

    These two books are among the best I have ever listened to and hearing them dramatized by two outstanding narrators added to the pleasure.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Mr R Bush 05/01/2015
    Mr R Bush 05/01/2015
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    "An easy listen"

    A very enjoyable easy listening book. A joy to listen to following the pilgrimage of Harold Fry .

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pochoir 15/11/2014
    Pochoir 15/11/2014
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    "Captivating"
    Any additional comments?

    Will return to 'The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry' before listening to this again - will make it even more poignant.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Miss B. 14/12/2014
    Miss B. 14/12/2014 Member Since 2017
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    "Marvelous and moving experience"

    A great book made into an amazing audiobook. Easily my most widely recommended book series.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Chrissie 21/08/2017
    Chrissie 21/08/2017
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    "A long journey for Queenie."

    Queenies tortuous journey towards her death from disfiguring cancer enables the reader to understand the depth of her love for Harold Fry, and ultimately the affection he has for Queenie. There are some extremely well written and insightful moments in what I felt was overall a tale too long in the telling. Maureen and David also come to life, adding further colour to Queenie's story, as she emerges as the key figure from the authors earlier work, in which we first meet Harold, his wife and son.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Iain Crockett Bolton 09/08/2017
    Iain Crockett Bolton 09/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "a virtuoso performance"

    Celia Imrie does a superb job of bringing this poignant novel to life. Her narration is nothing short of brilliant. The language and descriptions in the book are as well written as the first unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry. The author's ability to tell a story around people who are dying in a hospice without any mawkish sentimentality and an enormous degree of pathos makes this book a comfortable delight. Thought provoking and nostalgia inducing this is a wonderful look at loss and love.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pam 30/07/2017
    Pam 30/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "A superb book- "

    This was a fantastic sequel and literally had me tingling with emotion from head to toe.
    Queenie comes to life in this in a way I had not predicted listening to the first book.

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  • Timothy
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    04/08/15
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    "Excellent sequel to Harold Fry"

    This is NOT an action thriller it is a quiet English book about quiet British people making their way in life (and death) - at times it is very sad but also has many good one liners from the characters in the Hospice.

    A lovely narration really helps this be a good listen.

    You probably want to listen to Harold Fry by the same author first but that isn't necessary.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Margaret M. Bell
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    13/11/14
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    "A worthy companion for "Harold Fry""
    What did you love best about The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy?

    This was one of those beautiful, gentle listens that was a pure pleasure from start to finish. Rachel Joyce's writing style is very pleasing and Celia Imrie's narration is superb.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I already loved Harold, and this book lets the reader fall in love with Queenie.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the whole book, so there is no one particular scene.


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

    I did find myself listening to it as often as possible.


    Any additional comments?

    Although this book stands up by itself, I would recommend reading "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" first. That audiobook is narrated by Jim Broadbent and it's wonderful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • jggedd
    Worcester, MA
    07/11/14
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    "A Quietly Beautiful Story"
    What did you love best about The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy?

    This book brought me to a special place; a quiet hospice where people learn to live before they die. Queenie Hennessy, the woman many readers will have previously encountered as the woman Harold Fry sets out to visit on his walk across England, tells the story of their relationship from her perspective. She is a beautiful, realistic character who tells her story as she awaits the visit of the man she has quietly loved for most of her life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is a parallel companion to that of Harold Fry's. The author notes specifically that it is neither a sequel nor a prequel. And she is right. I honestly did not want this tale to end. There were many times I waited in my car when I got to my destination just to hear a bit more. The writing was lovely and the narrator's voice clearly differentiated between the various characters and time frames. It is one of my all time favorite audible books.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kjærsti
    24/09/17
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    "A mellow story with a wonderful ending!"

    Do listen all to the end. The ending makes the book in my opinion. A good listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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