©1975 Miss Read; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America
Yes. The reader's voice was pleasant and of course English so who wouldn't like that? The story was entertaining and the conflicts believable.
Like all Miss Read books, there is a feeling of stepping back in time. The characters are likable, even the irascible old groundskeeper for the church, and are people you wish you could know and visit, take a cup of tea with and talk together.
It really isn't the story line in her books that I love as much as a mood she evokes with village life and human interactions and relationships. I leave each book with regret and miss the people till the next read.
Miss Read brings back some loved characters in this book and one is hard pressed to find a favorite, though I guess it would be the vicar in this story. He is so lovable and human. His 'battle' with some of the town folk shows his good sense, sweet temperament and Godly character.
I love the Miss Read. I am so glad I found them on audio and my favorite time to listen is at night before bed. What a sweet, calming way to drift off to sleep. The books are similar to Jan Karon's Mitford books yet, I prefer Miss Read's take on small town life and fine I read them (or listen) to them over and over, something I don't do with Karon's.
We first discovered Miss Read's books on cassette tapes from the library 30 years ago, and we were delighted to find them again as Audible books -- and hope that more are on the way. Gwen Watford has just the right tone and presence for the stories. The Thrush Green books are simple, comfortable, and a joy. They wear well for repeated listening.
Wonderful characters with believable friendships, tensions, and resolutions in a small old-fashioned village. This book makes me smile. Gwen Watford's performance is perfect.
I wish all the Miss Read books about Thrush Green and Fairacre were available on Audible--I'd buy them in a minute.
Read never disappoints!
All Miss Read books are all comforting books with enjoyable British village life and characters.
Ms. Watford is my favorite narrator.
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