The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

A Novel

Pre-loaded Audiobook - 2015
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Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does. 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 twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and 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. Harold Fry is determined to walk six hundred miles from Kingsbridge to the hospice in Berwick-upon-Tweed because, he believes, as long as he walks, Queenie Hennessy will live. 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.
Publisher: Solon, Ohio : Findaway World, LLC, [2015]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ℗2012
ISBN: 9781467697286
Characteristics: audio file,ACLEP
digital,non-volatile flash memory
1 audio media player (approximately 10 hr.) : digital, HD audio ; 9 x 6 cm., in container 19 x 14 cm
Call Number: PLWY JOYCE, R


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Jan 12, 2018

Engrossing, tender, and bitter-sweet. I absolutely loved this story – and I typically don’t enjoy love stories.

Feb 04, 2017

I'm commenting not on the book but on the reading of the book. I suspect there is no more fortunate author than Rachel Joyce. Her novel is read with uncommon sensitivity and force.
Jim Broadbent is a master at his craft.I wonder if it might be better to listen to it being read to you.

AL_CHRISTINES Oct 15, 2016

This unique story is beautiful in so many ways. We are never too old to change, nor to make an impact on others.

Mar 08, 2016

From the first page on, I was hooked on this book. It's a simple premise--walk to see Queenie who is dying of cancer. He meets people along the way and contemplates things from his past, like with his son and his marriage. It reminded me of Forrest Gump and that guy from Canada who walked. Sometimes I think Harold walking is not realistic, but I just went with it and enjoyed the journey.

GOGETA1946 Jan 18, 2016

surprisingly touching story of perseverance, love, loss, and the perseverance of love. movingly descriptive.

May 09, 2015

Don't you love when a book surprises you in some wonderful way? The writing style is simple and clear. There is nothing corny or overworked here. It's an unusual premise that never feels forced and the audio CD is so easy to listen to.

Mar 15, 2014

Loved this. Charming, intelligent, interesting, humane.

JCLHopeH Jan 10, 2014

This book starts out with a touching premise, filled with English charm, and over time it reaches a much deeper emotional level. Good read for a glimpse into coping with strained relationships and loss of loved ones.

lilylibrarian Sep 29, 2012

Harold Fry, 63 and retired, and his wife Maureen are at home on the southernmost tip of England, living isolated lives in a stale and loveless marriage. When Harold receives a letter from a former co-worker and friend, he is struck deeply by the news that she is dying of cancer. He writes a brief reply and walks the few steps to the mailbox, but can't bring himself to post his woefully inadequate response. He keeps walking, passing post offices and mailboxes until he realizes he must deliver the letter in person, although the trip is some 600 miles and he is without a change of clothes, a cellphone, appropriate shoes or anything he is likely to need on a walking journey. The people he meets and the memories stirred in him are life changing. A charming and gentle tale.


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