Jan Karon's new series, launched with her New York Times best-selling Home to Holly Springs, thrilled legions of Mitford devotees, and also attracted a whole new set of fans. "Lovely," said USA Today. "Rejoice!" said The Washington Post.
In this second novel, Father Tim and Cynthia arrive in the west of Ireland, intent on researching his Kavanagh ancestry from the comfort of a charming fishing lodge. The charm, however, is broken entirely when Cynthia startles a burglar and sprains her already injured ankle. Then a cherished and valuable painting is stolen from the lodge owners, and Cynthia's pain pales in comparison to the wound at the center of this bitterly estranged Irish family.
In the Company of Others is a moving testament to the desperate struggle to hide the truth at any cost and the powerful need to confess. Of all her winning novels, Jan Karon says this "dark-haired child" is her favorite - a sentiment listeners everywhere are certain to share.
©2010 Jan Karon (P)2010 Penguin Audio
As a true lover o f the Mitford series I was greatly disappointed with this Jan Karon Novel. It fell short. Previous works allowed you to become part of the cast of characters this did not. Maybe it was the use of brogue or the helter-skelter of scenes and locations. Although I tried, I could not become one with this book.
Loved the other Mitford books. This one falls far short. More preachy than the others, not filled with fun interesting characters like the others, and the reader was awful. I forced myself to finish it.
Really enjoyed listening to the reader with Irish accent and expressions. Father Tim is a pleasant, devout man, and he really gets involved with the people in the inn.
I agree with others who ask for the first narrator, John McDonough. He had the characters down and it is difficult to try to readjust the brain to a new voice. I also found the story line a bit difficult to follow as the characters would change back and forth from past to present and I was often not sure exactly who they were talking about and who was related to who! I hope the next book takes us back to Mitford and all of the hometown people.
How could the previous reviewer possibly state "wonderful, enjoyable, heart warming- a must!" I barely got through half of this book.
I loved listening to all the Mitford Books due to the excellant reader, John McDonough. Why change readers it spoils the tone and you cannot picture Father Tim or Cynthia with the new readers.
I do not feel like I'm listening to Father Tim and Cynthia. Maybe there is a good reason that a different reader was chosen but it doesn't work for me.
I actually didn't finish the book. I have read all of the other Jan Karon book; eagerly awaited each one, but this one had too slow a start.
Well, I had just finished the "Room," which I found to be haunting and I thought I would like to have a lighter read ... I found it here.
This is sort of a vacation book, not too meaty. If you need a break from some of the more thought provoking books, this is a good vacation.
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