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Susan

Hudsonville, MI, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • A Light in the Window: The Mitford Years, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (248)

    His attractive neighbor is tugging at his heart-strings. A wealthy widow is pursuing him with hot casseroles. And his red-haired Cousin Meg has moved into the rectory, uninvited.

    Sara says: "Story of community"
    "Extremely Entertaining"
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    Where does A Light in the Window rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best I've experienced.


    What other book might you compare A Light in the Window to and why?

    At Home In Mitford - same actor - brings the story alive.


    What about John McDonough’s performance did you like?

    He does so well with the different characters - he seems to actually take on their personalities and matches it with a voice that is so aunthentic. He is unbelievable and I will look for more of his work.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I'm not sure I could actually narrow it down to one but I think Father Tim's encounters with Edith Mallory are right up there with the unique voice and personality of Dooley Barlow.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so entertained by this and cannot wait to buy the next book in the series to listen to. It will be at the top of my Christmas list this year.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Home to Holly Springs: The First of the Father Tim Novels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (118)

    After more than 38 years, Father Tim Kavanagh returns to his childhood home of Holly Springs, Mississippi, on a profoundly personal journey. Whatever became of Tommy Noles, his forbidden childhood friend, and Peggy, the loving woman who was like his second mother? What were the facts behind the court trial that drove the Kavanagh family even further apart?

    Sara says: "Interesting start to a new series"
    "Amazingly Entertaining"
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    If you could sum up Home to Holly Springs in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing, Entertaining, Deep


    What did you like best about this story?

    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!


    Have you listened to any of Scott Sowers’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    If you could take any character from Home to Holly Springs out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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