Having listened to, and loved, the entire Mitford series, I was thrilled when "Home to Holly Springs" came out. The fact is though that I could not get past the first 5 minutes. The original narrator of the Mitford books, John McDonough, set the standard for who Father Tim was. He became Father Tim for me. Why they decided to change that is beyond me. Scott Sowers is a terrible choice. He sounds like he is in his 20's or 30's, not an elderly gentleman of 70 plus years.
On the bright side...I purchased the book and it was absolutely wonderful! I loved it. Now if Jan Karon came to her senses and allowed it to be rerecorded with Mr. McDonough!
A little too predictable, but still it's Jan Karon and Father Tim how could you not love it. The reader is good but he's no John McDonough, just takes some getting used to after Mr. McDonough has narrated the rest of the Mitford books. Overall if you love Father Tim and Jan Karon I'd say it's a good one to have in your library.
It answered many of the questions I had about Father Tim and his past.
No, I never have time to do that.
At first I didn't like the sarcastic tone of Scott Sowers that was so uncharacteristic of Father Tim. As the story continued I loved how Scott performed the southern accents.
Amazing, Entertaining, Deep
I love the way Jan Karon so vividly portrays Father Tim and his coming into the knowledge of the reality of his past and why he brought through life with him the hurts he did. An incredible picture of life - we all have our "story" and that "story" formed us into who we are today. There are so many things about our past, our family, our upbringing that we understand so little about. Maybe if we could all go back to our own personal "Holly Springs" we would be able to settle some things in our own minds about why we are the person we are today. It gives me the ability, with knowledge, to look into my own parents lives and realize that they were fighting their own demons. It really wasn't all about me - it was about the battle that rages within even from their own past. Maybe if we all looked at life this way, we could go forward to make a difference in the world, understanding that everyone around us fights those demons. A little more understanding and compassion toward others, and forgiveness would be our creed for life. A wonderful story - I recommend it!
I have not listened to any of Scott Sower's other performances but I have heard other's who have narrated the Mitford Series in which Father Tim is introduced to us. I must say, I thought they did an excellent job until I heard Scott Sower - wow! He put into words, dialect, accent, etc., everything my mind imagined this story to be. Jan Karon has a way of writing such believability into her characters and he brought them to life. I can hardly get enough of it I am enjoying it so much. There are times when I absolutely laugh right out loud and can't stop - other times crying right along with the characters in the story. Jan Karon has to be my all time favorite author and Scott Sower my all time favorite narrator.
Father Tim - I absolutely love his humility and the wisdom he portrays. He seems to know when to speak and when to just listen. He makes everyone feel important to him - not judged - just important.
I hope to see more books by Jan Karon in the future. I have not yet read #2 in the Father Tim series and am looking forward to reading it.
I've listened/read all of the Mitford Series books and very much enjoyed them.
I was surprised to discover John McDonough didn't narrate this one and was a little hesitant about purchasing it. Narrators can make or break a book for me. To my great pleasure I loved Scott Sowers' narration. I have to say his voice came a lot closer to matching the image I had conjured up of Father Tim in my head. I always believed Father Tim had to be just a little bit of a "hunk" to have attracted and won the love of someone as cool and lovely as Cynthia. I instinctively "cast" the roles of the main characters in my head if they were in a movie. I had the hardest time "casting" Father Tim because his voice wasn't fitting any of the faces in my mind. I think I wanted him to look a little like James Garner when he was in his 60's. For me, Scott Sowers portrayal of Father Tim fits the bill. I'm also a pushover for narrators who sound right at home in the South. I think he also did a great job of portraying the other characters as well. The way he told the story kept me riveted even at night when I tend to fall asleep listening to my favorite audio books. Again, begin a fan of stories from the south, I loved every minute of this story. I like seeing a different side of Father Tim and finding out what made him tick. I loved hearing the stories of his childhood and the lasting impressions it left him with as an adult. This will actually go down as one my favorite Jan Karon books - and I've loved them all!
"Home to Holly Springs" clears up many questions about Father Tim's childhood, which is referred to in the Mitford series. The book has Jan Karon's terrific characters and plot lines. The narrator was a young man and I never really adjusted to his reading of Father Tim. But, for anyone who loves the Mitford books, I recommend this one!
I downloaded this book expecting to hear something like the funny, but strangely comforting, story of Father Tim's life in North Carolina. "Home to Holly Springs" bore little resemblance to Karon's other books and was, instead, a string of painful reminiscences of the rector's childhood, and by the time I turned it off I was past caring what happened to him. I couldn't even make it to the end.
I loved the entire Mitford series and thought it was wonderful to go back with Father Tim to his home town. Jan Karon shows her talent once again through colorful characters and humor. I hope this series never ends.
No. I did not enjoy this book at all. I found that it was very boring. I so enjoyed the first series. It was a lively and entertaining read. Not so much with this one.
The Orphan Train. Unless I decide to listen to the original Midford stories again, I doubt I will pick up another Jan Karon.
Yes. I thought he did a nice job.
I didn't think it was. I didn't finish it.