• The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Series: Harold Fry, Book 2
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 10-09-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
  • 4.4 (32 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note had explained she was dying. How can she wait? A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write again; only this time she must tell Harold everything. In confessing to secrets she has hidden for 20 years, she will find atonement for the past. As the volunteer points out, ‘Even though you’ve done your travelling, you’re starting a new journey, too.’
Queenie thought her first letter would be the end of the story. She was wrong. It was the beginning.Told in simple, emotionally-honest prose, with a mischievous bite, this is a novel about the journey we all must take to learn who we are; it is about loving and letting go. And most of all it is about finding joy in unexpected places and at times we least expect.
©2014 Rachel Joyce (P)2014 Random House Audiobooks
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By Timothy on 08-04-15

Excellent sequel to Harold Fry

This is NOT an action thriller it is a quiet English book about quiet British people making their way in life (and death) - at times it is very sad but also has many good one liners from the characters in the Hospice.

A lovely narration really helps this be a good listen.

You probably want to listen to Harold Fry by the same author first but that isn't necessary.

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By Margaret M. Bell on 11-13-14

A worthy companion for "Harold Fry"

What did you love best about The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy?

This was one of those beautiful, gentle listens that was a pure pleasure from start to finish. Rachel Joyce's writing style is very pleasing and Celia Imrie's narration is superb.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I already loved Harold, and this book lets the reader fall in love with Queenie.

Which scene was your favorite?

I enjoyed the whole book, so there is no one particular scene.

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

I did find myself listening to it as often as possible.

Any additional comments?

Although this book stands up by itself, I would recommend reading "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" first. That audiobook is narrated by Jim Broadbent and it's wonderful.

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By mollyeyre on 11-06-14

A joy to listen to this

I listened to The Pilgrimage of Harold Fry before listening to this story to remind me of the basis for the story, I loved that book - narrated by the fabulous Jim Broadbent, and this book read by Celia Imrie kept up the standard. It was a delight to be able to slot the incidents from Harold's journey into this book, seen from the other side. Celia Imrie did it proud, I loved the story, laughed and cried with Queenie, got cross on her behalf when she was 'taken for a ride', but loved her personality and character.
I hadn't discovered Rachel Joyce prior to my introduction to Harold Fry, and now feel that I would like to find more by this author.
This is a superb 'duet' of stories that has left me pondering and thinking about the characters long after I have pressed the 'off' button.

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By M on 10-23-14

Unrequited Love and Dying, another journey

I loved the unlikely pilgramage of Harold Fry so bought this book as soon as it came out. I have listened to it in just a few days. It is very different to the first book but still very good. I found it quite a harrowing read, love and dying being big subjects that Rachel Joyce does an excellent job with. I am writing this shortly after finishing the book - I have to say the book has a lovely warmth but still left me feeling a very sad.

It was really interesting to see another side to all the main characters from the first book. As Rachel Joyce says this book is neither a sequel or prequel - it runs parallel to the original book.

Celia Imrie does a fantastic job of narrating this book - so much so I will look for her other performances too.

In summary a sad but excellent book that I am glad I read - it perfectly compliments the first book and like the first book it doesnt take the path of least resistance and makes the reader reflect on some of the really big issues for us all.

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By Simone C Cresp on 05-26-15

Sweet and sad; a fabulous read!

What a fantastic follow up to "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry". I loved this book as much as the first.

An honest adaptation of a love story I am sure many would have suffered over time. You can't help but adore all of the characters - and the narrator does a splendid job of giving each of them voice and personality.

I wonder if Rachel could bring any of the other hospice characters to life as she did Queenie? Truly talented.

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By Lee on 11-18-14

A beautiful story!

I loved this book from beginning to end. It was sad but didn't make me sad, completely romantic but not in a sappy way, it tells a tale of life! Sound confusing? Not at all... the book is beautifully written and narrated, following perfect sequence while touching every emotion. Characters were believable and easy to connect to.The ending requires you to think of your own life and what you want from it.

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