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My wife and I discovered Miss Read some 20 years ago in British audiobooks read by Gwen Watford. We're delighted to find them again on audible.com. This and other books about life in Thrush Green tell the simple stories about life in an English cotswold village, peopled by charming characters who deal with each other's foibles and the drama of daily life.
Gwen Watford does a splendid job in creating the characters and providing the "picture" of life in Thrush Green.
You can't do better for a pleasant afternoon's listen -- in the car, at home, on vacation or whereever.
Yes, if they like cozy, and cheering tales. I love these books because they are so very humane, very funny in the dry British way that I enjoy, and very wise. I also enjoy the way Miss Read ties the story of the people into their surroundings; her love of the beauty of the countryside is skillfully communicated. I personally have never read anyone other than Collette who has such a love the natural world and paints it so beautifully for the reader. Most of all I find these books comforting. Nellie Piggot is one of my favorite characters, and she comes to a good place in this book, which I find most satisfying.
In a way, it has some of the flavor of some of the Agatha Christies, in that it is so sensible. It's not a mystery, of course, and there really aren't any very unpleasant characters, but it has some of the basic commonsensical good temper that Christie can communicate.
LOVE Gwen Watford, she is absolutely the perfect person to read these books. If you want to see Gwen Watford having a good time, by the way, take a look at the Joan Hickson version of "The Mirror Cracked" (made in the 80's) and you will be able to enjoy two wonderful actresses having a splendid time, they are an absolute riot together, and I never fail to enjoy it!
I don't know what a tag line is.
If you want to feel better about the world and humanity, you can not go wrong with the Miss Read books. They are kind, wise, funny, smart, beautifully crafted, and deeply engaging. If you want fast paced action, violence, sex, drugs, and rock and roll-steer clear!
Lover of old (and some new) books
Yes - if they like these "cozy" British type books
Her accent and authentic voice...
It made me smile and want to visit this village.
At Home in Thrush Green ranks among one of the best audiobooks I've listened to so far. Each of the Thrush Green stories stands alone, and yet to read them all gives one a great sense of satisfaction, of getting to know a community of real people. Gwen Watford is an excellent reader, able to evoke each character in such a way that they come to life. A thoroughly satisfactory experience.
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