The story was excellent. The narrator's (Scott Sowers) voice was too young for a 70 year old man and it was very distracting.
Just when we were afraid we had seen the last of Jan Karon's "At Home in Mitford" series she continues on with a Father Tim series. Karon brings it all together with Father Tim's return to his birth place we have heard snippets about. Our longing to hear more about the Mitford characters is fed once again and in the end we feel we know Farther Tim better than ever. We travel with the whole Mitford series in the car; but this time we felt like we were traveling with Father Tim back to Holly Springs. It made time pass quickly as we happily enjoying the whole Father Tim Saga. This book has more of an adult theme, but still no sex, violence or bad language. Once again the author gives us something to take away from those bumps in our past that we can use today.
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.
Yes, but only if narrated by John McCullough. He IS Father Timothy Kavanaugh.
Using John McCullough as the narrator. Scott Sowers almost sounds "snarky" in his portrayal of certain characters, like Fthr Tim's wife Cynthia. The whole purpose of reading these books is to feel uplifted from the vulnerability and kindness of Father Tim's manner and struggles. There's a softness that is totally missing from this narration.
Father Tim is in his late 60's or better during this return to his hometown. A man of that age narrating seems necessary to put it in proper context. I found myself getting upset with the way he was portraying characters who are loved and admired.