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Susan

MCHENRY, IL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Shepherds Abiding

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (113)

    Since he was a boy growing up in Mississippi, Father Tim has lived what he calls "the life of the mind". Except for cooking and gardening and washing his dog, he never learned to savor the work of his hands. And then he finds a derelict nativity scene: twenty figures, including a flock of sheep, that have suffered the indignities of time and neglect.

    Bob says: "Shepherds Abiding"
    "Soothing Christmas Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Shepherds Abiding again? Why?

    Shepherds Abiding is already on my


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shepherds Abiding?

    When they give each other their gifts.


    What about John McDonough’s performance did you like?

    Even though Fr. Cavanaugh was born and raised in the South, I have never imagined that he would have a terribly strong accent, unless the circumstances called for it. Mr. McDonough's performance followed my perception, so I was very satisfied with his interpretation.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Another Gift of the Magi.....


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad I bought it. It will be in my permanent collection.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peter West

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By D. E. Stevenson
    • Narrated By Nick McArdle
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Beth Kerr is the daughter of the boatman in the small village of Kintoul. Her mother died at an early age, after an unhappy marriage that caused her family to cast her aside. As the years pass, Beth grows into a beautiful young woman, watched over by the quiet Peter West. The owner of Kintoul House, Peter is a lonely man with a weak heart and few family members and friends. They both struggle with their feelings for one another, before being forced to embark on marriages decided upon by their families.

    Susan says: "A breeze from the past"
    "A breeze from the past"
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    If you could sum up Peter West in three words, what would they be?

    Thoughtful, tragic, restful


    What did you like best about this story?

    The different twists of the plot. At certain points, you think you have it figured out - another


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where they meet on the hill. I could almost reach out an touch the hills, and the feelings of the characters is poignant.


    If you could rename Peter West, what would you call it?

    A gentleman through the years....


    Any additional comments?

    Today we would consider this a period piece since it was written before WWII. Peter West is one of Stevenson's first published novels. She wrote more than 40 books throughout her lifetime, from the late 1920's into the 1960's. Over that time frame, her style evolved a bit as did the perspective, tone, and style of the world around her. I was especially glad to be able to listen to this audiobook as it is not available in print anymore and hard to find.

    I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys books of this place and period - Great Britain in the early part of the last century. Stevenson's books are

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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