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Publisher's Summary

Books You Hear is genuinely proud to present Random Harvest by James Hilton. Though this story may be new to the post-WWII generations, it has an impressive history, making it, perhaps, the greatest story you’ve never heard of.
Published in 1941, Random Harvest was contemporary to its first audience, and is painted against the backdrop of the gathering storm in Europe. However, it doesn’t focus on military threats or political wrangling. Instead, it tells the very accessible story of a profoundly good man with normal aspirations who consistently put the needs of others first, and as a result, lived a life he never could have imagined.
In 1942, a feature film was made that significantly altered the narrative (and narrator) of this original story. It was also excellent and was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. Ironically, it lost out to a film also written by James Hilton, and with the same lead actress, Greer Garson. However, in later years, it was Random Harvest that both Garson and her co-star, Ronald Colman recognized as the project in their careers that they most enjoyed.
The story is told in five parts, with each representing a significant period in the main character’s life - encompassing war, power, prestige, high finance, show business, and of course, deep and romantic love. Since the film focuses primarily on the love story, there is much that makes the book a new and deeply satisfying experience. And for those who haven’t seen the film yet, experience the book first. You will love the way Hilton educates and envelops you with this beautiful story, and leaves you so much better, and happier, for the journey.
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By Lynn Adamson on 10-27-17

Read the Book First

If you have not seen the movie, read the book first. The movie has been one of my favorites for years but the book tells the story in a completely different sequence and of course, is more in depth. Although the narration is great, I didn't think I was going to like it until about midway through and then I was hooked.. a great mystery and story.

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By Claudia Lyon on 03-23-15

Great book!

It was a perfectly wonderful book! Since it was written in a different time..it takes you to another time another world

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By Edmund on 05-11-14

Wonderful book but the reading let it down

This is a wonderful book but the reading lets it down woefully. Americans tyring to sound English is just sad.

I'm on the look out for another audio edition, because the book is one of the all-time-greats.



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By Mr on 09-01-16

Random Harvest

It's a good story but I can't help thinking that it would have been so much better if Jeremy Irons had read it.

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By Marcia Graetz on 05-06-16

I love this book

Would you listen to Random Harvest again? Why?

Yes I would listen to it again. I love the story and the way it is told. I liked the different voices used for the main characters.

Any additional comments?

I've seen the movie and have read the book. I wanted to listen to it as well. It is such a good story about a man living with part of his memory gone. The way he copes with it is interesting. I just really like this book. I love the ending.

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