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To Be Where You Are

By: Jan Karon
Narrated by: John McDonough
Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
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A New York Times Best Seller

Number one New York Times best-selling author Jan Karon returns with the 14th novel in the beloved Mitford series, featuring three generations of Kavanaghs. Wounds heal, bonds grow stronger, and celebrations continue.... Welcome back to beloved Mitford. 

After 12 years of wrestling with the conflicts of retirement, Father Tim Kavanagh realizes he doesn't need a steady job to prove himself. Then he's given one. As for what it proves, heaven only knows.

Millions of Karon fans will be thrilled that it's life as usual in the wildly popular Mitford series: A beloved town character lands a front-page obituary, but who was it, exactly, who died? And what about the former mayor, born the year Lindbergh landed in Paris, who's still running for office? All this, of course, is but a feather on the wind compared to Muse editor J.C. Hogan's desperate attempts to find a cure for his marital woes. Will it be high-def TV or his pork-chop marinade?

In fiction, as in real life, there are no guarantees.

Twenty minutes from Mitford at Meadowgate Farm, newlyweds Dooley and Lace Kavanagh face a crisis that devastates their bank account and impacts their family vet practice. But there is still a lot to celebrate, as their adopted son, Jack, looks forward to the most important day of his life - with great cooking, country music, and lots of people who love him. Happily, it will also be a day when the terrible wound in Dooley's biological family begins to heal because of a game - let's just call it a miracle - that breaks all the rules.

In To Be Where You Are, Jan Karon weaves together the richly comic and compelling lives of two Kavanagh families, and a cast of characters that listeners around the world now love like kin.

©2017 Jan Karon (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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  • Renee
  • 06-08-2018

Best Series & Narrator Ever!

If you have not journeyed to Mitford before, this is not the place to begin. But if you’re like me and you have Mitford in your heart, this book allows us to hang onto the magic just a little bit longer.

The people who inhabit Mitford come with baggage. They all, even the children, have real problems—abuse, abandonment, rejection, betrayal, loneliness—to overcome. They are just as flawed, fearful, and far from perfection as we are. But what makes Mitford magical is that we get to pull up a porch swing for an inside view of the characters’ hearts as God’s love fills voids, erodes barriers, and helps folks bring out the best in each other. I’m always amazed at how Jan Karon’s simple style produces such rich character portraits that I feel like I know these fictional folks. ❤️

I especially love listening to the Audible books because for me, narrator John McDonough IS Father Tim! He brings all the other characters—especially my new favorite Jack Tyler—to life as well.

Visiting Mitford inspires me to cherish the small stuff, to find beauty in daily life, and to make time for people.

As my favorite quote from this book reminds: “Now is always a good time.”

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  • Sara
  • 30-09-2017

Only For The Strong And Persistent

I had such high expectations for this title and I stuck with almost 18 hours of listening doggedly hoping it would perk up. No such luck. This book floats over Mitford randomly dropping in on characters from past books. Sometimes it's just to tick the box on certain people and other times it is for a longer look at how they have fared with time.

For the most part this final entry in the series is for diehard Mitford fans that are feeling really hopeful and strong. Overall I thought it all felt unrealistic and dare I say it--even a bit depressed? I wish I had given this a pass. Disappointing.

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  • Laura Ann Strick
  • 23-04-2018

Hard to follow

What disappointed you about To Be Where You Are?

i loved reading the early Mitford series. But found listening to this book hard to follow and the narrator poor.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jan Karon again?

If someone else narrated it

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His delivery was to fast and not right for the story

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-11-2017

The worst book ever started

I couldn't listen to more than a few hours of this book. It was superficial, trite and downright boring. I won't be trying this author again.

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  • Utica Mom
  • 06-01-2019

I never tire of Mitford

I have been following Father Tim, Cynthia and the growing circle of family and friends for years. Having an adopted son from foster care, I can relate to all the complicated family relations that you have to navigate. It's been such a joy to hear more about the lives of Dooley and Lace as they grow in their marriage and their professions.
The narrator, John McDonough is absolutely amazing. As every Audible Listener knows, even the best story can be rendered intolerable by a poor performance...So it's a joy that he continues to bring Jan Karon's colorful characters alive with his interpretation of their voices. If you and your family want a great series you can listen to in the car on a long road trip...Here you go! All ages can listen and enjoy, there is no concern about inappropriate content nor language. Be sure to start with the first book in the series...don't skip any, I promise it's worth every credit.

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  • Jeffrey T Lien
  • 05-01-2019

Another fantastic novel by an American treasure!

Jan Karon has delivered another outstanding book. This book has a great mix of issues related to aging and stories of youth. We continue to love the characters in their moments of tragedy and their moments of joy. Through it all, we enjoy the love that the people in Mitford share so freely.

Thank you, Jan, for taking care of us as if we were your own!

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  • Pamela
  • 27-12-2018

another absolutely wonderful book and narration .

the mitford series is a wonderful series it allows you to live and be in a town with people who care yet have real problems real trials real joys thank you for sharing your time and your talent hope that there's a book 15

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  • C. Stack
  • 08-12-2018

In Love with Mitford

To Be Where You Are was a delight. Another home run by Jan Karon. The folks in Mitford and at Meadowgate just grow dearer with each subsequent story. I can hardly wait for more!

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  • Katy
  • 03-12-2018

not the best Mitford novel

Who is Dooley in this book? Not realistic to the characters that have been developed over past novels. the narrators voice for 4 yr old Jack almost forced me to delete this audiobook several times. I finished it because I felt I owed that to Father Tim

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  • JL Crisman
  • 06-11-2018

Great story!

I've really enjoyed this whole series! I started the Mitford Series a year ago when traveling and became hooked! I feel like I know this family now. The narrator is wonderful and I would recognize his voice any where. Jan Karon is an excellent story teller.