Don't miss out on the rest of Father Tim's adventures in Mitford.
©1997 Jan Karon; (P)1998 Penguin Audiobooks
This book was recommended to me by several friends. I haven't read a book in a great many years but when I sat down with this one I was glued to it. I love the little family, the little town and all the members of the town. Every single person in the book are so real you wish you lived there. When I finished this book, I immediately ran out and bought the next in the series, and then the next after that. Once you start reading, you need to know that you won't be able to stop after the first book.
A friend at work told me about this series. I downloaded the abridged version, and told my friend I just didn't like the story as much as she did. She borrowed it and hated it--the unabridged version was much better, she said. I wholeheartedly agree. Having listened to both, there's no comparison: the unabridged version is richer, funnier, and more touching and heart-warming than the parsed over abridged version. It's worth listening to the extra hours. It's a wonderfully COMPLETE story!
I listen to books on the run, while driving, doing housework, running errands, etc. It makes chores and commuting more enjoyable, and I finally read books that have been on my planned reading list. In this case, I have the hard copy book at home, but have never taken the time to read it. Now I can cross this book off of my list, and I am ready to read more of Jan Karon's books.
I would compare the homespun stories and writing to Garrison Keillor's books.
Father Tim is my favorite character.
The book took me through a range of emotions, but my favorite parts made me laugh.
I am on book 4. I am amazed at how wonderful Jan Karon reads her own books. She is an awesome narrator. My children, 6 and 7, are even getting into them. Thank you, Jan, for making this. I actually look forward to remodeling now, because it is when I can listen to these books!
If you haven't listened to the Mitford series please note that this is the very short, much abbreviated, abridged version of Jan Karon's first book of the series. You will miss out on so much detail and so many hilarious parts if you start with or only listen to this version. I highly recommend the series itself, but don't sell yourself short with this abridged version, go for the full unabridged title as read by Jon McDonough.
I try to read through this every year, but this year I decided to enjoy it on audible. wonderful!
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