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

Jan Karon
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (323 customer reviews)

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Sept. 15 2003 Radio Theatre
From resolving conflict to strengthening communication to building intimacy, this insightful gift book offers eight sections of sage advice on accepting, pleasing, and truly loving a mate.

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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.

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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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This story has your interest snagged within the first couple of pages. I found it interesting, heart-warming, funny, and very well written. I feel like I know all the characters. The author's sense of humour is unexpected and zany. I loved this book and look forward to reading all of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless June 24 2012
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Upon recommendation by a friend I read this book.
Though it was written in 1994 the story is timeless in that it deals with relationships, humour and faith.
Father Tim can be a minister of any Christian denomination.
I purchased the large print edition for an elderly friend.
Her eye sight still prevents her from reading it,
but we are enjoying it together.
This is the first book in the series and we are both hooked -
'What will happen next in Mitford?'
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gentle Read March 16 2004
I've been interested in the reviews I've read, being in agreement with them most of the time. Those who complain about a lack of reality, etc., miss the point all together. There is enough so-called reality everywhere we turn. A reality of crudeness, selfishness, and disdain for anything gentle. Hooray for Jan Karon, and her wonderful world of Mitford. I have even missed my favorite TV shows (Law & Order, and CSI), for a few hours of delight in the pages of Mitford. Father Tim and all the rest have won my heart!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charming escapism...if that's what you like. Feb. 6 2004
Well, I've about Mitford for years from my friends, and I finally got to sit down and read the first one. If I were to rate this book against all literature, I would give it 3 stars at best. Everything is too crafted, manipulated and unreal. People will argue that it's full of the "real world": people get sick, people die, people are lonely, there is theft, there are mean people, there are homeless people, there are drugs. Yes, but the story is never really concerned with delving into the realities of these things - instead, each is simply a burden on weary yet loving pastor and so he prays about it. And everything works out to the perfect ending.
I think Karon's main purpose is to try to craft a world where things go wrong but you can see God moving and so hope is restored. Scripture, prayer and evangelical "answers" to life fill the pages. And, though not bad, Karon's proposed solutions for the world are like bandaids lightly resting of top. She numbs the mind with pleasure, but she does not stir in the dark depths of each of us and address the realities there. Authors such as Dostoyevski, Tolkien, and Lewis are better at bringing forth a powerful and penetrating hope in the face of the worst evils. Karon's work is trite by comparison.
However, understanding that this book is more about escapism than it is about real life, I will say that she does a good job with this. She is a good writer and fairly engaging story teller. She develops a cast of characters that become alive for you - the pastor, the grocer, the grill owner, the vet, the housekeeper, the tough boy, the dog, the doctor. The one really weak character was Emma.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what a wonderful comforting story! Dec 7 2003
This is such a wonderful story. I never really thought how busy a clergy man's (or woman's) life is and how much they actually do in their chosen vocation. Father Tim, the rector, in Mitford is the central character. He is just turning sixty at the beginning of the story and has reached a time in his life that he has lost a little of the joy and fulfillment he has always felt before. He is need of a vacation, which he has not taken in years, but which he always finds excuses to not take-he is getting burned out. Enter a huge bad-mannered dog (who is only controlled by hearing scriptures from the bible spoken to him) who has decided to adopt Father Tim, a young untamed boy, a new attractive neighbor, a jewel theft, a sixty year old secret love story, missing food and much more and you have a story that is so wonderful and so human and so enjoyable. I felt the urge to go to my bible and eagerly look up the many stories on Jesus because it made me feel so close to him and loved by him. Don't make the mistake that it is a preachy type story from what I just said but rather a feel good story that makes you want to reach out. The characters are all portrayed as actual everyday people we know ourselves with all their foibles and goodness combined. If you want a book that will leave you with a good contented feeling then this book will fullfill your wishes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle and charming Nov. 1 2003
This is a simple, charming book which I thought at first was going to be too goody-goody for words but which I found to be nothing of the kind. The central character is an Episcopalian priest and the locals of a small town, around whom the plot evolves-warts and all !Having come from a recent reading diet of crime and mystery thrillers, this dear little book is like a restful holiday for the mind. I would recommend it sincerely to anyone who wants a little gentleness in their lives at the moment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cozy Read July 25 2003
At Home in Mitford is the first in a series of books written by Jan Karon about a small town in North Carolina. The main character is Father Tim who has a parish in Mitford, and the book is filled with wonderful characters from the town. It is a cozy and enjoyable ride getting to know Father Tim and the rest of the townspeople -- from stray dogs to a boy in need of direction, romance to encounters with a jewel thief, and a lovable but definitely offbeat little old lady.
Jan Karon left her successful career in the fast-paced world of advertising and moved to Blowing Rock, North Carolina which she credits as the inspiration for Mitford, not the actual characters but the feel of a small village. She is able to make you feel like you've been to the main street grill and that you can actually smell the flowers in the town gardens.
The character development of the townspeople was very good; you want to know them more and more and what happens to them. Father Tim is both pleasantly multi-dimensional and not totally predictable.
The "bad guys" characters could have been developed more thoroughly, but perhaps that will come further into the series.
I recommend this book for a happy and comfortable read, somewhat like drifting around a swimming pool on a float, peaceful and agreeable with a splash of excitement
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3.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing...Not Overly Stimulating
I liked this book, but felt that there could have been more of a plot or story behind the town. All of the things that seemed like big mysteries didn't turn out to be that way. Read more
Published on April 4 2004 by TJ's Mommy
2.0 out of 5 stars One visit is more than enough
I agree with the negative reviews ... poorly written, boring, flat characters, utterly predictable and annoying. However, I also somewhat understand the appeal of this book. Read more
Published on March 28 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars A cozy mystery
At Home in Mitford is the first book in the Mitford series. It introduces you to the major characters (and quite a few minor ones) that Karon develops in the later Mitford books. Read more
Published on March 27 2004 by Kristi Lewandowski
5.0 out of 5 stars What a pleasure!
What a pleasure this and all of Karon's books are! Pure delight with their Mayberryesque type settings. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly art
The popularity of the Mitford series only shows how far our taste and expectations have fallen.
If bestsellers like the Left Behind series are the benchmark, yeah, I guess... Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2004 by Mern
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally came to Mitford by the Moosepath!
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars At Home In Mitford
Loved the characters!
Published on Sept. 10 2003
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