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Summary

Audiofile Magazine 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.

©2017 Audible, Ltd (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Critic reviews

"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)

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Trott's Fables!

You know I think some people are going to love this and I wish them the best of it. To be fair Audible say it is in the realm of the fable and that's exactly what it is . . . though as usual, full disclosure, I only made it a little under halfway through.

To me while I was intrigued by the concept I found the whole thing a bit quaint and twee for want of better words, almost like I was being read a children's story. The whole thing is of course ridiculous and relies on one-dimensional stereotype characters like the world's most famous man.

BUT - that's what a fable is after all so it's my own daft fault for not taking Audible at their word. I hope that plenty will like it because it does have a certain charm and amusing faux wisdom about it but it's not something I wanted to spend a long time with.

In short, it's bound to split opinions!

21 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • Amanda
  • Sunbury, United Kingdom
  • 21-11-17

inspired storytelling

Loved this book and wished it was much longer. The narration and voices were brilliant and bought to life an inspiring story.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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A thought provoking and feel-good story

The kind of book that makes you reflect on your own self, but also introduces you to the stories of others.

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inspiring

really enjoyed this book, unusual, uplifting and inspiring. its an easy read but keeps you engaged

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Captivating

This is a lovely tale that is enchanting and humorous. Toby Jones is like silk with his narration. Wonderful.

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  • TheZee
  • ilford, United Kingdom
  • 19-11-17

Touched me on so many levels

When I saw the title of this recording I was moved to purchase it at once. The drama starts with a drawing unlike any other. I listened every chance I got. The story moved me in ways that told me that I was on journey of varying flavours.

Joe, the holy man intrigues me with his easy and yet flawed ways when in truth he is a genius with human features. His ways really strike me. I have since bought The Holy Woman which is about Anna's story moving forward with her new role. The players in this production are stellar and moving. Thank you all

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Compelling

A beautiful, spiritual journey which really makes you contemplate your own actions and life. Loved every second.

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  • Nigel
  • Berkshire, UK
  • 10-11-17

A beautifully written story 5*

A beautifully written calm and peaceful story, with subtle humour and Toby Jones is marvellous as the hermit Joe.

After 30 minutes wasn’t sure how the story could sustain nearly 6 hours, but it does.

Can’t think of another audio drama like it, it’s unique. Perfect*.


*Okay, nearly perfect; there’s an editing issue at around 2 hrs 12 minutes 09 seconds, sentence repeated?

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Gentle and thoughtful. Beautifully performed.

This was just what I needed in a time I felt depleted. The story unfolds with humour and a light touch, though there are also teachings of deeper wisdom, humanity and love. I love Toby Jones' voice and his portrayal of the holy man's story.

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Stunning

Stunning production and story. Beautiful and thought provoking storyline, beautifully narrated.

Highly recommended for all.

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  • Jack
  • 27-07-18

Excellent listen!

My first full Audible listen and what a pleasure!
I definitely recommend this for anyone.
Lots of characters and lots of different personalities all learning ways to better themselves.

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  • Ava's Mommy
  • 26-07-18

Expert performance

The narrators did a wonderful job! I got lost in my minds eye listening to this book. Great production!

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  • LisaMarie
  • 29-01-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-12-17

interesting!

I liked the Little Tales throughout the story. although, I was a little confused on what the spirituality basis of the book.

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  • jo
  • 21-11-17

Deeply touching

A lovely story, beautifully told. The voices of the characters and narrator couldn’t have been better.

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