Out to Canaan

The Mitford Years, Book 4
By: Jan Karon
Narrated by: Jan Karon
Series: Mitford Years, Book 4
Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (479 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Thousands of readers have come home to Mitford, the little town with the big heart, whose endearing and eccentric residents have become like family members. But now change is coming to the hamlet. Father Tim, the Episcopal rector, and his wife Cynthia are pondering retirement; a brash new mayoral candidate is calling for aggressive development; a suspicious realtor with plans for a health spa is eyeing the beloved house on the hill; and, worst of all, the Sweet Stuff Bakery may be closing. Meanwhile, ordinary people are leading the extraordinary lives that hundreds of thousands of readers have found so inviting and inspiring. Peopled with the lovable cast of characters familiar to so many, and peppered with plenty of new and colorful personalities, Out to Canaan is filled to the brim with the mysteries and miracles that make everyday life worth living, and that make Mitford one of the most memorable small towns in recent literature.
Don't miss out on the rest of Father Tim's adventures in Mitford.
©1997 Jan Karon (P)1997 Penguin Audiobooks

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  • 07-03-16

Abridged HORRIBLE

Why doesn't audible have the full story read by John McDonough? I forced myself through this and almost quit often. If my eyes didn't bother me I would've skipped it and read the actual book. The music was irritating and the reader just didn't do the characters well. Ruined story in the middle of this series. Please bring back the whole book, read by John McDonough.

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Love this series but ....

I absolutely love this series, but this book not being narrated by John McDonough and I really don't like it being abridged .... was hard for me to get through. Looking forward to the next book.

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Abridged within an inch of its life

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I wanted the full unabridged version read by John McDonough, like the other books in the series I had bought. This version is abridged and leaves out important elements of the story that make it make sense. It is read by the author and very hard to listen to.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

I really hope Audible gets the unabridged, John McDonough version.

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Abridged and different reader

Not sure why they abridged this book and after 3 books of listening to the same male reader switched to a female voice, regardless of it being the author. She does a good job, but after 3 books you get used to a male voice and the character's voices.

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Love the book but miss John McDonough

This is a very good story but it is ABRIDGED - cannot find the unabridged by the author for this title. Also miss the reader John McDonough, as this is read by the author it is good but Mr. Mcdonough has done all of the previous ones and he is a GREAT reader. Anyway, the book itself is great, Dooley's character is fun and he is developing into a young man, while Edith is becoming a huge problem. What fun to listen to the beauty of this small town.

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Out to Canaan

Another great story the only thing that would improve. it would be if it were the unabrdged version.

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Nice story

I love the continuing story of Father Tim, Cynthia and the fine folks of Mitford. While it was lovely to hear the author read her own work, I missed the fine baritone of John McDonough whose voice transports me right into Mitford instead of hearing a story read.

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Out of Canaan

As always. I loved this book. Jan Karon has a way of keeping me interested. I love every character. When they hurt. I hurt with them. When they laugh I do too. So enjoyable.

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What disappointed you about Out to Canaan?

I didn't realize until it was too late that this was the ABRIDGED version. Now I see others have complained and apparently it was my only choice. HARD to follow it was so abrupt and, sadly, the author's version was NOT a good reading at all.

What was most disappointing about Jan Karon’s story?

Loved the other books but this was too short

Would you be willing to try another one of Jan Karon’s performances?

Not if the author reads it

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

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Excellent but I wish it wasn't abridged

I LOVE Jan Karon providing the narration of this book! My only grumble is how horribly abridged it is. It's missing like 90% of the story -- what a disappointment.

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