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At Home in Mitford: The Mitford Years, Book 1 | [Jan Karon]

At Home in Mitford: The Mitford Years, Book 1

It's easy to feel at home in Mitford. In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are generally lovable. Yet Father Tim, the bachelor rector, wants something more. Enter a dog the size of a sofa who moves in and won't go away. Add an attractive neighbor who begins wearing a path through the hedge. Now, stir in a lovable but unloved boy, a mystifying jewel theft, and a secret that's 60 years old.
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It's easy to feel at home in Mitford. In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are generally lovable.

Yet Father Tim, the bachelor rector, wants something more. Enter a dog the size of a sofa who moves in and won't go away. Add an attractive neighbor who begins wearing a path through the hedge. Now, stir in a lovable but unloved boy, a mystifying jewel theft, and a secret that's 60 years old.

Suddenly, Father Tim gets more than he bargained for. And readers get a rich, provincial comedy in which mysteries and miracles abound.

Don't miss out on the rest of Father Tim's adventures in Mitford.

©1994 Jan Karon; (P)1996 Recorded Books, LLC All rights reserved

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    Jan WESTWOOD, MA, United States 04-19-13
    Jan WESTWOOD, MA, United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Not my cup of tea."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    To be fair, I didn't realize it was Christian fiction when I ordered it. So I found that heavy handed, but even if you are a Christian fiction fan, this story spends a long time going nowhere. I also did not realize her other book I ordered was Christian fiction, but that one had a decent story. For me, these are some overly cute characters with overly cute anecdotes that all felt so episodic, I gave up after about a third of the way in.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jan Karon again?

    No,but mostly because I am not her target audience.


    Which character – as performed by John McDonough – was your favorite?

    Frankly, they all began to irritate me.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    cdwise 01-28-09
    cdwise 01-28-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Pleasant listen but not a mystery"

    I enjoyed listening to this audio book but would not by any streching of the plot call it a mystery. It is a nice small town story that I didn't find overly preachy given that the description included "lovable rector". The narrator is an excellent fit for the main character and the other voices he uses.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda dunn, NC, USA 11-10-08
    Linda dunn, NC, USA 11-10-08
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    "lt review"

    i love john's voice and buy these for that reason

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Adelman 10-11-07 Member Since 2006
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    "FANTASTIC..."

    I absolutely loved the first Mitford book. I've now listened to the entire series. Father Tim, Cynthia, Dooley, and the entire town of Mitford are so endearing. If there was such a town, I'd love to live there.

    This series is a must-read, must-have, must- listen jewel.

    I truly hope Jan Karon is currently working on the 10th installment.

    Julia A.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gaylyn Greenville, TX, USA 07-11-07
    Gaylyn Greenville, TX, USA 07-11-07
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    "Too Slow"

    Since there are two more books in this series, I guess there is an audience out there for this book. However, I am not included. It drug on with such minute day-to-day details, that I only listed to the first download. I felt I had wasted my money.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Meredith McKinney, TX, USA 07-10-07
    Meredith McKinney, TX, USA 07-10-07
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    "A Heart Warming Story"

    I highly recommend reading/listening to "At Hom in Mitford" by Jan Karon.... It is a heart warming story that makes you feel right at home with all the charaters and they will remind you of people you know in your own towns... Once you get started with Mitford you will have to read/listen to the whole series about Father Tim, the amazing dog, his boy, his neighbor, etc... Enjoy the amazing town and world of Mitford...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 09-26-07
    Jennifer 09-26-07 Member Since 2004
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    "snore"

    I know many fans of this author, and based on their enthusiastic recommendations, I really expected to like this book. However, I literally fall asleep every time I listen to it for more than ten minutes (thankfully I'm usually in bed while I'm listening). I'm not impressed with the story(nothing happens), characters, or the narration. Perhaps this is one of those books that's just better in print, but based on my experience so far, I don't think I'll give the print version a try any time soon. I'm sorry I wasted a credit on this.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Gina murrieta, CA, United States 10-24-13
    Gina murrieta, CA, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2011

    If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde

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    "Come visit Mitford you'll never leave"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes!!!! This is a heartwarming book with plenty of laughter a little romance and a feeling of down home comfort.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Father Tim adopts a dog who is controlled by scriptures, a boy who was raised with no manners and a town with the funniest people where do I begin. This book has you laughing at its antics from the very beginning. I loved the whole story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 04-01-13
    Amy 04-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    "MY NEW FAV SERIES!"

    I am so in love with this delightful series. I knew it was popular so I really wanted to try it. At first I had a little hard time getting into it but then I quickly became hooked. I never want it to end. The world needs more stories like this that warm your heart & soul. No stress but lots of tears, laughter and the little boy Dooley who always says " Oh POOP!" cracks me up to no end. I love this town and Father Tim's life. :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cleo Texas, USA 01-11-13
    Cleo Texas, USA 01-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Makes you want to move to Mitford!"
    What made the experience of listening to At Home in Mitford the most enjoyable?

    The reader used voice inflection to make you feel like you we're right on the scene.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Father Tim.


    What does John McDonough bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His expression.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but it took a week or so.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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