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At Home In Mitford: Radio Theater Audio Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers; Abridged edition (Sept. 15 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589970012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589970014
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.3 x 4.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 325 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,768,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Father Tim, a cherished small-town rector, is the steadfast soldier in this beloved slice of life story set in an American village where the grass is still green, the pickets are still white, and the air still smells sweet. The rector's forthright secretary, Emma Garret, worries about her employer, as she sees past his Christian cheerfulness into his aching loneliness. Slowly but surely, the empty places in Father Tim's heart do get filled. First with a gangly stray dog, later with a seemingly stray boy, and finally with the realization that he is stumbling into love with his independent and Christian-wise next-door neighbor. Much more than a gentle love story, this is a homespun tale about a town of endearing characters-- including a mysterious jewel thief--who are as quirky and popular as those of Mayberry, R.F.D. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly

The first two novels in Karon's Mitford series chronicle the everyday eccentricities of a small North Carolina town.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
I've been plugging away at this book for two months, and I'm not done yet. I'm all for "life in a small town" narratives; small towns can provide the fodder for quirky and interesting plots and characterizations. Unfortunately that is not the case here.
My first, and continuing, impression of the characters is that they are all stereotyped caricatures. Everyone talks and behaves exactly as I expect them to after the first page. The charmingly quirky people are unfailingly charmingly quirky. The sweet and caring are unfailingly sweet and caring. The wry and amusing are unfailingly wry and amusing. Even the dog is always lovably funny. No one ever seems to step out of their predefined character, even by a toe. So they are all predictable.
I find the writing style intrusive. I kept getting the sense that the author was TELLING rather than SHOWING. The language is often stilted and mannered, and she manages to make sure we never forget that she's telling the story; she isn't invisible, one of the hallmarks of great writing. I had a mental image of her pausing over her keyboard and trying to come up with the next sentence that would reassure us that she's still there. Even her wit seems stilted and self-conscious.
I have no problem with books that are essentially plotless, as long as there is character develoment or movement of some kind. In this book, not only does nothing much happen, but no one grows or changes. There is no crescendo-decrescendo; the line is straight and unwavering, page after page. So except for some mildly amusing situations, there's no particular reason to read it. You don't learn anything, there are no thought-provoking ideas, you don't come away changed in any way. Except a little older.
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I was looking for something to read after being charmed and entertained by Van Reid's Moosepath League novels. My sister, who loves the Moosepath books too, suggested Jan Karon. I will admit that I resisted for quite some time. I had the idea that they were probably "women's" books, but nothing could be further from the truth. Any really good book is above such pigeonholing. This one certainly is. Like Mr. Reid's books they explore what a minister I once knew called the "mystery of kindness." Ms. Karon's Episcopalian minister, Father Tim, is one of those gentle souls who seems a little clueless in the ways of the world but who turns out to be as wise as anyone. Surrounding him are a host of memorable characters, a lot of small town skullduggery, and the possibility of middle-aged romance. It is amazing how many of these elements describe the Moosepath novels, though the writing styles of the two authors are very different! Mr. Reid's is a little more old fashioned. There's some basis for comparison with the Andy Griffith Show, too.
So if you're a guy! And if you like a good chuckle and you don't need to have someone being murdered on every other page, don't let the cozy covers and all the women raving about these books keep you away.
But now that I've read "Mrs. Roberto," after I read all the Mitford books, what do I read next?
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When I got to page 215, I called a friend for encouragement. "When is something going to happen in this book?," I asked. She talked me into finishing the book, but let's just say I was glad when it was over. I have a variety of complaints. I was disappointed that Jan Karon didn't delve more into the spiritual and religious life of the main character, Father Tim. I think she was afraid she might offend "mainstream America," by going deeper into the underlying religious theme of this book. Big mistake in my opinion. Her fear denied me the substance I was desparately seeking. I would have liked to have heard more about Fr. Tim's sermons and the spiritual direction he offered his parishioners. And how unlikely it was that Father Tim never attended any vestry meetings. Hmm. I also got bogged down in the endless detail and slang. I didn't like Cynthia much, and I never warmed toward her. She just didn't feel "real" to me. I could also tell that this story was originally a newspaper column because it was incredibly choppy. There were no real "chapters," per se, only blocks of dialogue. This was very disconcerting to me. Lastly, did we really need to hear about the corn in Dooley's dumps? Good grief. This having been said, there is only one good thing I can say about the book, and this is the only reason I made it through all 446 pages. It's simple - I liked Father Tim's character. He was intelligent and kind, and seemed grounded at all times. I liked him very much personally. I especially liked the way he grew throughout the novel; he was a changed man at the end. It appears, however, that I am the minority. Out of the 7 people in my book group who read this book, only two of us didn't like it. C'est la vive. Signed, a reader in South Lake Tahoe, California.
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Perhaps I was drawn to all those 5 star ratings but I should have restrained myself! I ordered the 4 Pack of Jan Karon's Mitford Series and what a $$$$ mistake. I barely got through the 1st installment without feeling like I had eaten a life time supply of cotton-candy. Too sweet and no fat! There is absolutely no depth to the Milford characters and no concrete 'gotcha' story line. I would only recommend it to insomniacs.
You might be saying now "If you disliked it so much why didn't you just stop reading it?" Well... you see I made this financial investment and I thought for sure that something was wrong with me for not liking it. But then I went back into the reviews and read further. Sure enough, there are people out there that disliked it too! Sure we are outnumbered but we are out there. I just don't get 'it' - this book is dreadfully boring. My recommendation - if you have never read this author - buy just 1 BOOK at a time or better yet show up at my next garage sale and buy the whole lot for $4.00 or BO.
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