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
I totally disagree with previous reviewer's who didn't like the performance and the reader of the story. John McDonagh is wonderful of course but this narrator is perfect in my book. I'm a big fan of all of Jan Karon's books. This is probably the fourth time I've listened to "In the Company..." and I love it just as much as I did the first time I heard it. I particularly liked the fiddle playing Irish music first throughout the narration.
How Jan has made us fall in love with a whole new cast of caricatures and brought a whole new group of friends into my life. She is a wonder. Although it took me a short time of missing John McDonough the new reader was wonderful.
I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.
I always love the warmth of Father Tim's relationship with his wife, Cynthia. Their late-in-life love seems to keep him perpetually amazed by his great good luck. As trite as it may seem, I find this very deeply reassuuring that life can always hold one more surprise.
My favorite character is always Father Tim.
It took a while to get over the disappointment at the change of readers. Although Erik Singer is very good I imagine many listeners would enjoy having McDonough back.
To Home and Back
I am pretty open minded and so I didn't worry about the reader even after reading the reviews negatively comparing him with the wonderful John McDonough (even though true). It was the hard quick tone that he used in dialog between Father T and Cynthia that was almost sarcastic and definitely and not in keeping with the spirit of the characters. The way he read some of the text it it almost made me dislike Cynthia! Something that I never though could remotely happen.
I got through the audiobook but with much less interest than usual for a Jan Karon story. I didn't have any enthusiasm for the characters or the story and didn't like the Irish accents. I want to hear about Mule and Puney back in Mitford!
I own all of the Mitford and Father Tim series in audible form. I never tire of listening to them. There are few books I will read or listen to twice but I have listen to these books over and over. My favorite reader is John McDonough but I must say that Erik Singer was fantastic and did a wonderful job. I will look for his name as narrator again! I highly recommend this book.