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A Common Life: The Wedding Story | [Jan Karon]

A Common Life: The Wedding Story

Mitford's Lord's Chapel seats barely two hundred souls, yet millions of Jan Karon's fans will be there for the most joyful event in years: the wedding of Father Tim Kavanagh and Cynthia Coppersmith.
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Publisher's Summary

Laughter and wedding bells ring as Jan Karon takes her millions of fans back in time to the most cherished event in Mitford!

Mitford's Lord's Chapel seats barely two hundred souls, yet millions of Jan Karon's fans will be there for the most joyful event in years: the wedding of Father Tim Kavanagh and Cynthia Coppersmith. Here at last is A Common Life, and the long-awaited answers to these deeply probing questions: Will Father Tim fall apart when he takes his vows? Will Cynthia make it to the church on time? Who'll arrange the flowers and bake the wedding cake? And will Uncle Billy's prayers for a great joke be answered in time for the reception?

All the beloved Mitford characters will be there: Dooley Barlowe, Miss Sadie and Louella, Emma Newland, the mayor; in short, everybody who's anybody in the little town with the big heart.

A Common Life is the perfect gift for Mother's Day, Father's Day, anniversaries, and for a bride or groom to give to his or her beloved. In truth, it's perfect for anyone who believes in laughter, relies on hope, and celebrates love.

©2001 Jan Karon; (P)1998 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Sara USA 06-21-13
    Sara USA 06-21-13 Member Since 2008

    I love reading reviews. No plot spoilers please. These are not book reports!

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    "What a disappointment- wish I'd given this a pass!"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm afraid the new narrator, Dana Ivey, for this book in the series just wasn't up to the task. John McDonough has narrated all the Mitford books until now and has done a masterful job. In my mind he is Father Tim and all the characters in Mitford sparkle in his voice. In this book the story felt disjointed, the characters not themselves and the reading was flat, lifeless and horribly one dimensional. I think the timing was just off-- lacking pauses and inflection and phrasing usually provided by the narrator.

    Also be aware the book feels like it was written as an afterthought. It is listed as coming after A New Song (1999) but that isn't where the story fits. I think it should be before Out to Canaan (1997). I don't want to be a plot spoiler--so I won't elaborate--but be aware that if you want the story in order the list is wrong. But--to me--it's more than just being out of order, more than a really poor narration, the whole thing just isn't up to Karon's lovely collection of books.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Judy L. Luschen oklahoma city, OK United States 06-27-10
    Judy L. Luschen oklahoma city, OK United States 06-27-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointed in narrator"

    I love all the Mitford books, have listened to all of them several times, and the only reason why I didn't give this a full 5 stars was because of the narrator. I love John McDonough's narration and his realization of the characters, and really felt the lack in this narration by Dana Ivey. I wish I had realized this version was not narrated by John McDonough before I bought it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Reedley, CA, United States 11-22-11
    Karen Reedley, CA, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "DelightFULL"

    As with all of the books I have read from Jan Karon, this one is a delight to the soul. The most difficult thing for me was a new reader. It took me until about half way through to enjoy the book. I am not certian the reader was the best choice, but the content is choice!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gina allen, TX, United States 06-05-09
    Gina allen, TX, United States 06-05-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Their wedding story"

    This book is brief but offers add'l info you didn't get with Light in the Window and High Green Hills. Very sweet story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Grand Prairie, TX, United States 01-22-13
    Ron Grand Prairie, TX, United States 01-22-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Love the Mitford audio books? Avoid this one."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Most reviews here dislike the reader choice. After listening to all the other Mitford audiobooks over and over again; this one is irritating to the point of not finishing it.


    What other book might you compare A Common Life to and why?

    The story is great. On a par with the rest of the series.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader choice was more than unfortunate. Partially because John McDonough is an excellent voice talent and because listeners associate his voices and mannerisms with the characters.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None. Because the reader was so frustrating that I was unable to enjoy the story which is excellent. I have started it three times and never made it halfway through.


    Any additional comments?

    What a disappointment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Springboro, PA, United States 06-25-12
    Sandra Springboro, PA, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2010

    Mother of 3 boys and grandmother of six. Love to read but never have time. so I listen so I can do four things at once ;o)

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    "what a wonderful read"
    What made the experience of listening to A Common Life the most enjoyable?

    This is by far the most loving book that I have ever read. Part of the most loving series that I have ever read. Get the whole series. I read the whole series every year. I love all of the people and want to go meet them, and be part of their lives. When I finish the series I miss them all.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jana Oconnell redding, ca USA 07-25-10
    Jana Oconnell redding, ca USA 07-25-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Another Great Story from Miford"

    Even though John McDonohough was not the narrarator and I was dissapointed with that. I am glad it was female narrarator because the story was from cynthias point of view regarding her fears of marriage. Great short story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ken 07-21-09
    Ken 07-21-09 Member Since 2006
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    ""Soooo" Enjoyable"

    I enjoyed all of the series of these books. They are witty, cute, clever and just fun to read. You're never worried if you've picked up a book with a lot of profanity in it because there's NOT ANY. The story lines are fun The people are weird, not unlike some of our own neighbors. Maybe that's whats so great about it, we find ourselves and those we know in the pages. Bravo Jan Karon! I hated to see the series end. No wonder they were on the best sellers list fof so long. Write some more just keep'em comin'.But if you listen to these books instead of reading them , be sure to choose John Mcdonough as the reader, and not the author Jan Karon as she's a much better writer than she is a reader, and John is FANTASTIC....ENJOY.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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