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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award, 2019: Faith-Based Fiction and Nonfiction

Audiofile Earphones Award Winner 

The Man on the Mountaintop tells the story of Holy Man Joe, an ageing and unassuming man who lives in a hermitage on top of a mountain. During the summer months, thousands of hopefuls line the single-file path leading to his door, seeking his wisdom. From bombastic, wealthy nobles intent on cheating their way to the top to drunkards who gradually build the physical and mental strength they need to quit their addiction, The Man on the Mountaintop is a rousing tale full of humour, wit and life lessons. 

In an Audible Originals production, Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada, Fortitude) and Toby Jones (Infamous, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) lead a multivoice cast in an inspiring tale that is as entertaining as it is profound. 

Also featuring Alison Dowling, Anne Rosenfeld, Avita Jay, Christophe Hespel, Christopher Ragland, Clare Corbett, David Thorpe, Fran Canals, Hayward B. Morse, Jeff Harding, Lachele Carl, Laurence Bouvard, Liza Ross, Lobo Chan, Martin T Sherman, Paul Panting, Rachel Atkins, Richard Rees, Sagar Arya, Sheena Bhattessa, Stephen Hogan and Tim Bentinck. 

A note from the author, Susan Trott: 

Dear Listeners,

I was having trouble getting to sleep at night. Instead of counting sheep, I found myself counting people going up a mountain to see a holy man. Each night, semiconscious, I came to know this holy man and the pilgrims.

My insomnia problem was solved. Now I had a story to write. I wrote it quickly, although years later, when asked how long it took to write, I said 50 years, which was also true.

Recently the Dalai Lama said, 'You don't have to believe in God to be a kind and compassionate person.' Joe, our man on the mountaintop, would agree.  

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What the critics say

"Hollywood stalwarts Stanley Tucci and Toby Jones get behind the microphone and bring their versatile talents to this story of a holy man whom long lines of pilgrims desperately want to meet but few come to understand. In honest and soothing tones, Jones, as "Old Man Joe," skillfully draws out the hopes and fears of a number of troubled travelers, played by an excellent ensemble cast. Backed by original music and straightforward sound effects, Tucci's direct and gentle narration keeps this superb full-cast performance on track and flowing. A rare blend of down-to-earth wisdom mixed with fine acting and an engaging story - what a treat." (AudioFile magazine) 

What listeners say about The Man on the Mountaintop

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Really good! Could not stop listening.

I loved listening to this book. The characters and storyline were so touching to my heart.
I keep repeating some of the most moving insights shard in this book. For example, every one is Holy. It’s helps get through the strong emotions when they show up.
Gratitude for this read/listen.

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Such a beautiful Listen

Very wise and well rounded story. Very well thought of and a pleasant and heartwarming lesson of a story

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phenomenal!!!

loved this book and all the lessons. could not say enough good things! great performance too!

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More than I had expected!!!

This story was beautifully written, narrated and produced!
I feel that I really knew Joe and all of those who surrounded him.
I could see myself in the line waiting in anticipation to have the
honour of his presence. Amazing!!!!!!

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Absolutely brilliant!

A must read for everyone, regardless of preferred genre/content.

I found this to be almost an even more modern version of The Alchemist. Highly recommend!

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Very well done, l am listening a second time it’s a very good listen and well worth a second listen it’s a rich boom

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Decent story, easy listening

The story is interesting, found it a bit difficult to listen to with the background noises, such as the birds or wind. If you're bored and need an easy listen....

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A Must Listen

I felt as if I was actually there walking up the mountain, Stanley is an incredible story teller - Bravo! The simplicity of life, the wonders it presents to us, the opportunities we sometimes allow to slip between our fingers, the realization of our own truths, this is a remarkable adventure. It is not hooga booga - it is inspiring. Thx!!! Waiting for the next installment (hoping there is one).

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worth the time

Philosophie & moral. There are many teachings throughout the book. it's a journey. Narrative

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A most wonderful audio book!

I loved this book so much I’ve listened to it twice. The voice actors were excellent. Story was strong, great messages but not too heavy handed or morally superior. I find it like a friend I can listen to anytime I need some comfort, inspiration or gentle reminders of life’s truths. Wish I could find more like it!

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  • Dr. edy
  • 2019-01-05

shallow wisdom

It feels like the author took a "daily wisdom" calender, then wrote shallow, obvious short stories to correlate with the messages. I wanted to give it 1 star but the app wont let me go lower than 2.

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  • LisaMarie
  • 2018-01-29

Great listen!

I really enjoyed the story and the performance. It was like listening to a play, sound effects and all. Very enjoyable and a positive break from such a negative world.

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  • amc302
  • 2018-11-13

Wisdom, wisdom, wisdom...

I loved the context around the Man on the Mountain top and the many things he could represent for our varied realities.
Enjoyed how he imparted wisdom in the simple conversations.
This is a definite Audible original win. The sound effects takes listening to a book to a whole new level. Narration was amazing!
#clever, #inspiring, #guruforall, #heartfelt, #spiritual, #awesome narration, #tagsgiving, #sweepstakes

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  • DutchRemark
  • 2019-01-07

Hard review to write...

Of course I like the performance and production. You will too, unless you don’t.

I like it as I align with the fundamental principles of the story, and with the producers and performers’ obvious delight in participating in the production. If it is worth doing something it is worth doing it wholeheartedly with relish and impeccably.

The hard part of writing this review is to say it in a way that might have someone who is otherwise not inclined to pick this title.

And I fear I am not doing a good job. If reading about how a holy man strives to make the world a better place for everyone doesn’t pique your curiosity, then a review inviting you to try it anyway won’t make it so. Yet giving this one a listen could have the world be a better place, even if only for a moment where you see it was possible for the characters in the story, and the folk putting on the show.

I got lifted and buoyed and it occurs easier for me, now, to go about making the world a better place for all. And if you don’t pick up this title, then please go on making the world a better place, your way, anyway! Thank you!

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  • paul d.
  • 2019-01-20

Get ready for a collection of cliches

finally glad the audiobook is over. it is a collection of cliche's presented in a highly improbable, absurd and shallow story. stuck with it until the end hoping to find something worthwile. it seems like the creator read all the self help books in a bookstore shelf and jammed every lesson into this play that turned out shallow and agonizing. even though this is 'free' to download as part of my membership, I feel I should've chosen something else.

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  • Joette T
  • 2019-01-13

Good for falling asleep

I like this book because it’s got short stories within the story and for some reason the voices make me fall asleep. Exactly what I was looking for.

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  • Carol B. Melton
  • 2019-01-07

Should have read description more closely

This series of lessons or metaphors or whatever this is was totally cliche. Stopped listening after 30 minutes. Glad it was free and I didn’t waste a credit on it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-08

What a Waste of Time

I am so disappointed with the quality of the books in Audible's free monthly listening section. This is a prime example. This book is a sophomoric look at many of life deepest struggles. If you are an alcoholic, walk up a mountain many times and you will see the world in a new light. With your new found outlook, you are cured. If you are trying to find the meaning of life, just don't think about it. This book reminds me of the good old days when young college students would sit around drinking wine and discuss how to make the world a great place. When they have impressed their collages with their great wisdom, they would go home to their parent's basement.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-01-22

Not my cup of tea

Not that bad, but also not that amazing. Since it's included in the subscription of audible, it's okay. But I found essentially pretty boring with some little nice messages that would make the world a better place if it was practical. Finally it's just some cute metaphor far away from reality, unfortunately.

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  • itsmelil
  • 2019-01-06

Cliche-laced trite tale

This story is about a man who dispenses advice to one and all. Everyone goes away happy.

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