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  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (406 ratings)

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

By: Rachel Joyce
Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

Winner: New Writer of the Year – Specsavers National Book Awards 2012.

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.

Harold Fry is the most ordinary of men. He just might be a hero for us all.

Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent has starred in a huge range of films, from British favourites including Bridget Jones, Hot Fuzz and The Iron Lady, to Hollywood blockbusters such as Moulin Rouge, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and the Harry Potter films. He is set to star in the upcoming film adaptation of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

©2012 Rachel Joyce (P)2012 Random House AudioGo

Critic Reviews

“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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A beautiful story

This is a book that will stay with me for a long time, I felt bereft when it ended. The gentle pace of the book matches the gentle pace of Harold Fry's 500 mile journey and his reflections on his life along the way. The things he wished he'd done, said and not said. The pain of his losses. His loveless marriage. His failure as a father. But this isn't a depressing book, it's chock full of humanity, laughter, honesty and redemption. I highly recommend you join Harold on this amazing journey, you'll feel the richer for it.

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Surprisingly good!

I bought this book because I felt the call to go on a pilgrimage myself not knowing exactly what it ment and where it would bring me. Anyway I was just searching for all kinds of inspiration and picked this book by the title. It surprised me how good it was! I loved every bit of this story and it is very well narrated. Thank you!

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Fantastic! A Must Read!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Anyone who loves a good heart warming story will love this book.

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

There were so many. Makes you question your priorities.

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

Jim does some great voices and made me laugh a number of times!

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Best ever audiobook.

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Divisive reviews

I could identify with this story and enjoyed the constant snippets of a life lived. Maybe a few of the poor reviews of this story reflect on the reader more than the story.

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Wonderful

Beautiful story of love and redemption.
I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the complexities of relationships.

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Disappointing story but well narrated

I very much wanted to love this book, but it was not to be. I just couldn’t understand Harold’s sudden and completely out of character decision for his pilgrimage. Maureen his wife was painted as a shrill nag and other characters just seemed too convenient - plot devices not people. Jim Broadbent is a terrific narrator, I’ll give it that at least. I returned this book after 2 hours of listening, as I couldn’t reconcile listening to another 7 hours of the book equivalent of Marvin the paranoid android. It’s a no from me.

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A beautiful book

The most wonderful story, beautifully told. One of those books that lingers long after it’s finished. I loved it.

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A joy.to hear

One of the best novels I've heard. Genius use of language. Jim Broadbent is amazing.

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Exquisitely told, agonisingly & upliftingly honest & human & heart felt

A beautiful story of the extraordinary in commonplace lives. A sensitively told story of the how people can become lost in the chaos & calamity of their lives but have the opportunity to find meaning and connection again - even when it seems impossible.
Such a satisfying read.

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