Finally, when Phil's estranged husband dies in a car accident in France, her new freedom brings more changes to her life as well as new love to the village. Here's heartwarming simplicity with marvelous restorative power.
©1970 Miss Read; (P)2000 Chivers Audio Books
Of the four Audible currently has, this is the first. But the whole series is more than 10 books written between 1950 and mid-1990's. Check wikipedia for the list. The books follow the same characters as they grow up and get married and have children or as they remarry late in life or deal with aging and propsects of their own death.
Gwen Watson is the perfect narrator. She makes every character so human and not at all over-acted.
These books are relaxing, amusing, sad at times, with some quirky characters that I just love. You just have to meet the eccentric Dotty Harmer in her project to find good homes for a litter of stay kittens.
I enjoyed these so much I bought the print version of the first title in the series. Here's a quote from it that seems to capture Miss Read's philosophy: "People nowadays seemed too busy for gaiety, and what was worse, appeared to frown upon innocent enjoyment. Life was too dreadfully real and earnest these days, thought Mrs. Bailey, and all the young people were middle-aged at twenty. If only people would realize that light-hearted and gay things were not any less significant than the violent and brutish, what a step forward it would be. Because a song, a book, a play, a picture or anything created was gay, it did not necessarily follow that it was trivial."
After "News from" listen to "Battles at Thrush Green."
A return to Thrush Green for more simple stories about life in an English cotswold village, peopled by charming characters who deal with each others foibles and the drama of daily life.
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.
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.
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