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3.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 5 3.79 (42 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jan Karon Narrator: Dana Ivey Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2005 ISBN:
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Laughter and wedding bells ring as Jan Karon takes her millions of fans back in time to the most cherished event in Mitford!

Mitford's Lord's Chapel seats barely two hundred souls, yet millions of Jan Karon's fans will be there for the most joyful event in years: the wedding of Father Tim Kavanagh and Cynthia Coppersmith. Here at last is A Common Life, and the long-awaited answers to these deeply probing questions: Will Father Tim fall apart when he takes his vows? Will Cynthia make it to the church on time? Who'll arrange the flowers and bake the wedding cake? And will Uncle Billy's prayers for a great joke be answered in time for the reception?

All the beloved Mitford characters will be there: Dooley Barlowe, Miss Sadie and Louella, Emma Newland, the mayor; in short, everybody who's anybody in the little town with the big heart.

A Common Life is the perfect gift for Mother's Day, Father's Day, anniversaries, and for a bride or groom to give to his or her beloved. In truth, it's perfect for anyone who believes in laughter, relies on hope, and celebrates love. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jared | 2/12/2014

    " As one reviewer said, it does fill in some gaps, but like many others, I don't think this book is as good as Karon's other Mitford books. Although this is the sixth book in in the series, chronologically it comes after the second. I thought it interesting, but not in keeping with her other books, that one was able to see things from other characters' points of view. Since the whole book is basically just about the wedding, it seems like Karon had to make a way to create more content. Still, there were a few times I did laugh out loud, and it was enjoyable, but just wasn't up to the same level as the others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 2/11/2014

    " Visiting Mitford is always a pleasure. This was a little bit repeated from Jan Karon's previous novel about Father Tim's wedding. I missed the normal visiting of all the people in Mitford that you have in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lois | 2/5/2014

    " It was nice to go back in time and read about the wedding. An enjoyable, easy read, as are all the Mitford books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 2/3/2014

    " Wonderful book ! It is a good way to get the complete picture of how a wedding is and how it planned and arranged....I reccomend this book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 1/31/2014

    " Although I have enjoyed the other books in the series, this one was too sappy for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/19/2014

    " I wish I had realized what this book was earlier. I would have read it earlier in the series. However, it was nice to hear the whole story. And it is well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn Michelle | 1/19/2014

    " The story of Father Tim and Cynthia's wedding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 1/12/2014

    " This book was a really fun and quick book to read. I can see why these series of books are not only New York Times best sellers, but the #1 New York Times best sellers! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angeline | 1/5/2014

    " Loved the whole series and I've read them twice....plus I bought the cookbook! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 1/5/2014

    " cute and lovey dovey and sweet and sincere. I loved how it gave the reader little glimpses of everyone's reaction to the wedding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marsha | 11/29/2013

    " This is book #6 in a series. You will love all of the previous books. The characters are exemplary and charming. I love the Mitford series. I found a whole set at a library sale and I'm starting over. This is a series you will hate to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda Sprague | 11/1/2013

    " This book is actually out of order. You need to read it right after book #3, when he proposes to her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 10/27/2013

    " Not as good as the rest of the Mitford books I've read, buta nice light story which is what I needed now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 10/17/2013

    " Liked it. Wholesome and sweet. Quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summer | 5/6/2013

    " This is one of my favorite series! It's full of Christian values, simple pleasures, emotional moments, and inspiring stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 9/27/2012

    " Saga of Mitford backtracks to Father Tim's proposal to his neighbor Cynthia Ann, subsequent marriage. The whole town is invloved. Good book too short "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Acarrawa | 9/10/2012

    " Good, light reading. A lot of questions answered. The author did a great job of including all the favorite Mitford characters. Not only was the book entertaining, there were good spiritual gems interwoven. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamilah | 5/30/2012

    " Listened to the audio book - too bad I started with book #6 in the series :-( They didn't have a huge selection of audio books at the library when I went... Lots of detail about the proposal and wedding, along with too much religious stuff....Ho hum. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 5/27/2012

    " This book tells about Father Tim and Cynthia's wedding which was sort of left out of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 5/21/2012

    " This was the final book in the Mitford series, although the story is right after the second book. I enjoyed my final trip to Mitford very much, and appreciated watching Father Tim's wedding unfold. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Lou | 2/18/2012

    " A fun story! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 12/23/2011

    " 2-1/2 stars. Not a huge fan of the writing style so I won't read Jan Karon again. The story was bland and the characters weren't very well developed. Add to that eccentric names, and you've got one confusing storyline... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen Johnson | 8/24/2011

    " I read this book in the order of the series, i.e., number 6. However, it really occurred at an earlier point in the timeline of the series, so if you haven't read the series yet and plan to, I would recommend this be read earlier in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Baker | 7/27/2011

    " So sweet and touching. I makes me rethink about our wedding too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 6/22/2011

    " More Motford--very enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 6/8/2011

    " I was so glad that Ms. Karon went back to the wedding! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 5/28/2011

    " I'd have to go back and look, but this book ought to come 3rd or something. It's about their wedding and as the 6th book it's like going back in time 8 years. Great book though. I really have been enjoying this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wyletta | 5/22/2011

    " A delightful easy read! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Josh Belice | 4/14/2011

    " This book needs a 5-Hour Energy shot and a dash of darkness to liven it up. There is no reason to read this book other than to waste time. The main characters, Father Tim and Cynthia, are under-developed and McGregor would label this as the epitome of a Theory-Y read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 carrie | 2/14/2011

    " I loved all the little love stories of the people of Mitford. I think it made me enjoy this one the most. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandalyn | 1/22/2011

    " Really quick read. It is #6 in the series, but I read it after #2 because that is where it goes chronologically. It was a feel-good book about a wedding and finding happiness in life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 1/10/2011

    " This was a short, quick read with all the characters from the Mitford series. It tells the story of Father Kavanaugh's proposal, planning, wedding, and honeymoon. Cute, but pretty unsubstantial "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shiloh | 1/4/2011

    " Not my favorite of the Mitford books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 12/31/2010

    " Book 6 should be read after book 3 to really enjoy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 11/14/2010

    " So sweet and touching. I makes me rethink about our wedding too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Klaudyna | 11/5/2010

    " A very quick read but I feel like this book was out of order with the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/4/2010

    " This book was really short. I am not a big fan of weddings, so I wasn't sure if I would like this book. But it is really cute and I really enjoyed it :) I always enjoy visiting this peaceful world :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 8/31/2010

    " Another delightful tale of Father Tim and the Mitford crew! I have a hard time putting it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 8/18/2010

    " wonderful series; religious w/o being sanctimonious or preachy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 5/23/2010

    " This has been a favorite series of mine. I read the books, put them away and then return to them at a later date. I feel like I have come home to a town where I lived after moving away and everything is just as I left it. A very welcoming book. Lots of action happening. Lots of laughs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luvenia | 5/22/2010

    " This is a beautiful love story between pastor and wife. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 5/11/2010

    "
    I spent part of the afternoon reading and I finished this delightful story. "

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About the Author
Author Jan Karon

Jan Karon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including the Mitford novels, the Father Tim novels, a popular cookbook, and several books for children. She lives near Mr. Jefferson’s Monticello, a World Heritage site in Central Virginia.

About the Narrator

Dana Ivey was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her undergraduate degree at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and then received a Fulbright grant to study drama at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She was a member of the Phi Mu sorority at Rollins College. She received an Honorary Doctorate (Humane Letters) from Rollins College in February 2008. She made her Broadway debut playing two small roles in a 1981 production of Macbeth. She has appeared in many film and television roles. Recently Ivey was in the Broadway production of The Importance of Being Earnest as Lady Bracknell.