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Shepherds Abiding (Mitford Years) Audio CD – Audiobook, October 20, 2003

4.8 out of 5 stars 1,043 ratings

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From Publishers Weekly

Esther Bolick, mayor of Karon's beloved make-believe Mitford, bakes a marmalade cake for Christmas that is as sweet as her hometown. Her story, Esther's Gift, and The Mitford Snowmen--"both included in this holiday collection--are previously published, stocking stuffer--sized narratives that Karon's fans have mostly likely already consumed with zeal, but the title novel is fresh entertainment that Mitford aficionados can enjoy while they do their own holiday baking. Sounding like Santa himself might, reader McDonough rumbles out these cheery tales, using dramatic pauses, lilting character voices and, at times, simple a cappella renditions of hymns to convey the upbeat innocence of the town and its residents. Choir music by Journey of the Soul fills the gaps between the novel and short stories, soaring as high as listeners' emotions will when Father Tim presents a restored nativity scene to his wife, Cynthia, on Christmas Eve. Though this audio production may be too cloying for some listeners, others will be buoyed by McDonough's jovial narration and the novel's inspirational themes.
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John McDonough reads this endearing holiday tale, along with two bonus Christmas stories. After narrating several audiobooks in the Mitford series, he has grown into the role. McDonough's deep, gentle voice matches the simple lifestyles of Karon's characters. He gives a natural voice to the town's residents and charms with his vocal characterizations. The listener feels Mule Skinner's discomfort at abandoning a cozy diner and the tender emotions of Father Tim. McDonough endears himself to the reader with his portrayal of the elderly, ill, and impoverished Uncle Billy. As the mountain man frets over the "Santy" he must provide for his schizophrenic wife, McDonough's depiction resonates with the Christmas spirit. J.J.B. 2004 Audie Award Finalist © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Audio (October 20, 2003)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0142800333
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0142800331
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 6.1 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.32 x 0.82 x 5.82 inches
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