I borrowed, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce, on Audio book from my local library, as, i gave the book 5 stars as well as being one of the top 10 books i read in my first year of Blogging which you can read here

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

In addition, when I saw that it was narrated by Jim Broadbent, I had to take it out just to hear his narration, because I thought he would be perfect for it.


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 elses life.

Story Review

Rachel Joyce, has written a story of a man who decides to walk from one end of the country to another, a distance of about 500 miles, in such a way that it makes sense as you read it.

Harold Fry is a well written three dimensional character, which is expanded throughout the story as you know more and more about him.  This is done through his memory as,,as he recalls events of his life and the difficulties he experiences during the walk.

The way that Rachel Joyce, writes not only about the main people, in the book but the secondary ones that Harlold Fry meets along, the way are all individuals with a story to tell, that makes them well written.

As all of them on the outside seem to have normal lives, but when they start talking to Harold their stories show that they have heart ache and pain which they hide from the world. Like the woman with a number of children, who says she has never felt more alone.

Audio Book Review

As i stated earlier in this review i decided to listen to this book on audio, even though i read it last year, for the Narration of Jim Broadbent an actor who, i thought could play Harold Fry, 

To me he was perfect for the narration of the story with his standard voice and the way he was able to bring characters to life which did enhance  the story.for me. Which took the audiobook from its basic function of allowing you listen to a story  why you are doing something else, to making the audiobook version a piece of art work on its own.


So who would I recommend this book to, it is for people who love stories that have a sentimental nature but are not too sickly.  As Well  as those who like stories about an everyday person doing an ectoridinery things. If either of these are you then you should read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

Jim Boradbent (Narrator)

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Jim Broadbent

Jim Broadbent was born on 24th May  1949, in Lincolnshire, United Kingdom,  to Roy Laverick Broadbent a furniture maker and sculptress Doreen “Dee” (Findlay) Broadbent, a sculptor. 

He went to a Quaker boarding school in Reading before successfully applying for a place at an art school. His heart was in acting, though, and he would later transfer to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Since graduating in 1972 he has become, one of England’s most versatile character actors,

Rachel Joyce (Writer)

Rachel Joyce  plays for BBC Radio 4, as well as major adaptations for both the Classic Series, Woman’s Hour and also a TV drama adaptation for BBC 2. In 2007 she won the Tinniswood Award for best radio play. 

She moved to writing after a twenty-year career in theatre and television, performing leading roles for the RSC, the Royal National Theatre, The Royal Court, and Cheek by Jowl, winning a Time Out Best Actress award and the Sony Silver.


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