I LOVE the Mitford Series! I often listen and read these books and over again. it is so much like going home. in fact my personal tradition is listening to Shepherds Abiding between Thanksgiving and Christmas every year. I just may be able to recite the whole thing by now!! lol
Always looking for something new to to explore in life. Over 50, artistic, quilting is a passion. A long drive and a good book are the best
I have listened to this whole series and I would have preferred the same person reading as you do get attached and invested
Really enjoyed this book. Can't wait to hear the next one. Will be looking for it tonight.
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.
I listened to it 3 times while waiting for my new credit, I loved the person who did the reading. Wishing the second book was read by the same person, so disappointed with the new book.
I was not happy when I started listening to Scot Sowers after loving John McDonough in the other books......BUT when I heard his portrayal of Peggy I got it. He did a beautiful Peggy and that is a large and important part of the book.
Home to Holly Springs disappoints me compared to other Mitford books. The story is not the caliber of the others. Maybe it is partly the interpretation of the narrator. He is skilled but doesn't fit Mitford. He made father Tim feel cool and more sure of himself and modern. I picture Father Tim as good, solid, always seeking to be led by God. Deeply respectful of humanity. But not cool in his retorts to others. I felt this was a different Father Tim. It was surprising to find that Matthew Kavanaugh had once been kind to a little black boy, though his father was brutal to him.
The whole story left me unsettled. We need another volume to connect us back to the Mitford world.
There were some very heavy parts in the story. It was hard to identify with father Tim all all of a sudden being a 5 to 13-year-old boy. Filled in some of the blanks that had been building in the other stories but was a little unbelievable in the outcomes.