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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Lu par : Jim Broadbent
Durée : 9 h et 57 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (3 notations)
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Description

When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof, or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking - to save someone else's life.

Jim Broadbent has starred in a huge range of films, from British favourites including Bridget Jones and Hot Fuzz, to Hollywood blockbusters such as Moulin Rouge, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and the Harry Potter films. In 2001 he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Iris. Most recently he starred as Denis Thatcher opposite Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady.

©2012 Rachel Joyce (P)2012 Random House AudioGo

Critiques

“From the moment I met Harold Fry, I didn't want to leave him. Impossible to put down.” (Erica Wagner, The Times)

“Harold Fry is infuriating, hilarious and completely out of his depth, but 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. Marvellous!” (Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand)

“A magical, moving and uplifting tale about a man's journey across Britain and into his own heart.” (Deborah Moggach)
“I loved this book. I loved its purity, its brutality and unerring honesty. I don't think I have read such richly composed metaphors before. They are like shooting stars glittering across each page. I can't believe this is her first novel- I wait with bated breath for her next.” (Natascha McElhone)

“The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry isn’t just a book I enjoyed reading, it’s a book I feel lucky to have read. It takes the most ordinary and unassuming of men and turns him into a hero for us all. Harold Fry faces the same questions we all do as we age, questions about the meaning of our lives, faith and love, but confronts them in a most surprising way. To go on this journey with him will not only break your heart, it might also just heal it.” (Tiffany Baker, New York Times best-selling author of The Little Giant of Aberdeen County)

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  • Carol
  • 11/07/2012

What a wonderful story!

So sad how 20 years of a relationship could be wasted. Secrets, unspoken words, tragedy, loneliness.

A 65 year old man embarks on a journey (pilgrimage) to see a long lost friend who is dying of cancer. On the way, he meets ordinary yet special people who inspire him and give him hope - most of the time. He thinks about the shadows of the past and how he thinks he failed his wife, son and friend. Meanwhile, his wife is going through the same feelings while left at home. Has he left her? Will he come back?

The narration was superb. The male narrator didn't try to imitate the female voices as some do (badly!). But you always knew who was speaking.

Very moving and emotional. And so well written and narrated. An absolutely wonderful story!

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Jenny
  • 17/09/2012

A gentle story with lasting memories

Would you consider the audio edition of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry to be better than the print version?

I thorughally enjoyed Jim Broadbent's performance. As a female I find it interesting to listen to the male voice of a novel.

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

I would have made Harold a bit stronger in the latter stage of the journey. But ultimately I was pleased with his character. I really disliked the pilgrims!

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

Harold! He was a wonderful Mrs Fry as well.

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

I like the title.

Any additional comments?

I did find the third quarter of the book very frustrating and tedious - but I suppose that was how Harold was also feeling. I thought it was wrong of him to expect someone with cancer to wait for him given the terrible pain they are in but that could well be because of my recent experiences.

The description of grief being like a big hole given by Reg was spot on! A book I would recomend to friends and may well buy the printed version to keep.

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  • HDJ
  • 21/08/2012

A Wonderful Journey

What made the experience of listening to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry the most enjoyable?

For me, the narrator can make or break a book. In this case, the narration was perfectly matched to the story and it's characters. Jim Broadbent did an awesome job of making a superb story even better.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved it's simplicity and the bare boned honesty of it's characters.

Which scene was your favorite?

It's impossible to choose just one scene as a favorite though I especially liked the interactions with people Harold met along the way.

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

This whole book is moving, tender and at times very funny.

Any additional comments?

I so enjoyed going on this journey with Harold and Maureen. It's a book I'll listen to again. I find it hard to believe this is the authors first novel. I look forward to reading future books by this amazing author.

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  • Anna
  • 20/08/2012

So human

Where does The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best

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

All of them - he is a fantastic narrator especially for foreigners ! Harold Fry was my favorite -
so calm all the time.

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

Harold Fry in the hospital

Any additional comments?

I highly recomend this book to everyone.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Andrea S. Fair
  • 15/08/2012

Lovely!

Would you listen to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry again? Why?

Yes! Such a lovely story, poignant, clever, sad but in the end uplifting

What other book might you compare The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry to and why?

Not sure

Which scene was your favorite?

Visiting Queenie

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

Harold Fry

Any additional comments?

Very enjoyable

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  • Tracey
  • 28/09/2013

An unexpected delight

A man receives a letter from an old friend who is terminally ill. He walks to the post box to send a reply, but keeps walking. He continues walking across England because he is convinced it will save his friend's life. The premise 'The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry' is based on is so unlikely that I didn't read it for a long time, despite glowing reviews. I can't say, even now, why I changed my mind, only that I am glad I did.

The story is so much more than a man's physical journey from one end of England to another. It is a journey through his life, through his triumphs and disappointments, his regrets and if-onlys. Along the way he meets people who help him, people who hinder him, and somewhere along the way he finds a sort of peace. I know this sounds rather fanciful and neatly-tied-with-a-bow. It isn't. It is about life being about connections and wonder and fear and laughter and a collection of memories of interconnections and opportunities missed and taken. And it's funny - laugh out loud funny in parts. Jim Broadbent is a brilliant narrator. Rightly or wrongly I pictured him as Harold, but it wasn't because he injected himself too far into the story, but rather because he sounded to me like he got Harold.

The problem I am finding with audiobooks is that when the author uses a particularly brilliant turn of phrase, or expresses something perfectly I can't dog-ear a page and come back to it later. Rachel Joyce is a talented writer, and there were quite a few times I wished I wasn't driving (I listen to audiobooks in the car) so I could write something down. You'll just have to discover these treasures for yourself. Recommended.

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  • Earnest
  • 19/11/2013

Hard to find a redeeming facet

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

No. Although one may read to help understand the human condition it is not mandatory that a tale be uncritically accepted as useful. The author's own plodding style,rather like the Harold of the title, is bereft of any grace or finesse. What a tedious, unconvincing and uninteresting account leavened by so few good points as to be amongst my worst listens ever.
The plot is so tired..it has been used so many times before with far more panache.
Bland stereotypes litter this book.
The characters don't even " sit up from the page," let alone "stand."
Leave them to die in peace!

What could Rachel Joyce have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

For a start she could have interested the listener in the predicament of the main characters. So little succeeds in her writing to excite the imagination. Shudder. I am very glad this is over.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Jim Broadbent's work was what attracted me to the title but I now have such a different opinion. He appears to be not comfortable with this role where he needs to be bringing something of himself to the part, without directorial assistance. His own bland, whining voice in this context may have seemed appropriate. In fact it doubles the negative impact the listener gets and at no point can one get an ounce of hope from this ghastly tale.

Any additional comments?

The only thing listeners can keep doing is providing cogent reactions to titles so prospective readers can get near to a realistic insight into what a book may offer.
Rewriting the plot is not helpful thank you.
Please be frank and honest about the pace, use of language and characterisation so others have hope of gauging the suitability of the title before purchase.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Lorna
  • 05/11/2013

A sadly funny life story..

harold is a retired older gentleman, with a colourless life, with a nagging miserable marriage, unfulfilled in all areas... love, laughter, joy, excitement and he exists from day to day... Until he receives "the letter"... this changes his whole life. It has a cataclysmic impact on his life, his marriage, his friends and the spillover of people on his peripheral edges.

Its a story of hope, that allows you to be drawn into believing and realising that it is never too late for change and that we should never give up.

It leaves you feeling hopeful and reflective....

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  • Paddington
  • 14/10/2013

Unusual well worth a read

This story is a well worth a read. I was fascinated discovering what made the characters tick as the experiences of their past unfolded. Harold became an endearing character with his persistence and good heart coping with many difficulties while considering so many other people's feelings. I am glad I read it and was not put off by the title. Highly recommended.

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  • Gayle
  • 29/09/2012

A Likely Wonderful Story

If you could sum up The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry in three words, what would they be?

Wondrous, Emotional, Charming

What did you like best about this story?

Harold reminds me of my grandfather who passed away some years ago. My grandfather had the same quiet, non-judgmental approach to others that Harold adapts as he meets strangers along the way, and I could imagine my grandfather in Harold's shoes--no pun intended.Like any great piece of literature, it shows us human truths and frailties in all their ugliness and beauty, through a new voice. It lets us filter our own experiences through the story. And it begs the question, would I do that if in the same situation?It has moved me more than any piece of writing for a long time. I believe that it's a story to "listen" to. Jim Broadbent is brilliant. I feel privileged to have listened.

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

All of them. He is faultless.

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

Yes! But I split it up as much as possible to savour it. About four sittings as I couldn't wait.

Any additional comments?

Listen to it!

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  • BikerJoe
  • 16/05/2014

A moving journey through country and soul

The Unlikely Pilgramage of Harold Fry is the story of a retired sales man, who decides to walk 600 miles to save the life of a former colleague dying from cancer.
Step by step Harold is not only getting closer to his destination, but also to the things, he locked up in his heart for too long. The terrible pain, he feels, when he thinks of the fate of his only son David, his marriage, which has turned from true love to hostility and carelessness.
Harold touches the heart of many people during his journey, but also experiences friendship, love and kindness.
This is not a book for the young reader, but it will deeply touch any adult, who is willing to reflect on love, life and death

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Emma Reichel
  • 14/05/2013

Eine "Wunder"bare Geschichte

Eine sehr schön erzählte "englische" Geschichte über das Leben, den Glauben und die Heilung, die geschehen kann, wenn Menschen neue Wege gehen.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Cycas
  • 02/08/2016

Sehr bewegender Lebensrück- und -ausblick

Ein älterer Herr stolpert mehr oder weniger in ein Wander-Projekt, das ihn aus seinen eingefahrenen Lebensbahnen reißt und ihm die Muße gibt, seine Lebens-Altlasten aufzuarbeiten. Kein träger Roman, sondern überaus lebendig, authentisch, bewegend und herausragend einfühlsam vorgelesen. Eins der besten Bücher überhaupt, das ich kenne!

  • Global
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  • demornay
  • 20/07/2014

Beautiful

Beautiful story and great narrator! I really enjoyed this audio book and would absolutely recommend it.

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  • Natalia
  • Bremen, Deutschland
  • 28/09/2013

Super Geschichte, nah am Leben

Auch wenn die Reise des Harold Fry in der Tat zunächst eher unwahrscheinlich klingt, sind die menschlichen Begegnungen die er auf seinem Weg macht und die Geschichten die dahin stecken sehr nah an der Realität und geben einem zu denken. In dieser Geschichte geht es um Freundschaft, um Aufrichtigkeit und um die Frage wie viel Liebe, Zuneigung und Ehrlichkeit man seinen Mitmenschen geben sollte um selbst ein glückliches Leben zu führen. Ruhiger und unaufgeregter Erdzählstil, trotzdem nie langweilig.

  • Global
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  • Boris
  • 10/09/2013

Leichtigkeit und gnadenlose Tiefe

Eine Überraschung, dieses Buch. Was anfängt wie ein heiterer leichter Roman entpuppt sich nach und nach als gnadenlose Innen- und Außenschau der Welt. Dicht, komplex und mit psychologischer Tiefenschärfe, kurz gesagt, wie das Leben: unwahrscheinlich!