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Publisher's Summary

After five years of legal formalities, Jim Qwilleran has officially inherited his freedom and a fortune, which leaves him with a serious dilemma. What should he do now? Seeking a place of peace and isolation to make up his mind, he heads to the Potato Mountains for the summer. But Qwill lands in the middle of controversy, not solitude.

The mountains are a haven for the independent, roughneck descendants of Prohibition-era moon-shiners. The valley is home to developers eager to turn the pristine Potatoes into a giant tourist trap. To make matters more complicated, a Tater, as the mountain folk are called, has been convicted of the murder of millionaire developer J.J. Hawkinfield. Some people swear the wrong man was convicted, and Qwill is inclined to agree when he hears what transpired before the trial.

But if Forest Beechum didn't do the dirty deed, who did? With Qwill, Koko, and Yum Yum on the case, the killer won't get away with murder.

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©2005 Lilian Jackson Braun; (P)2005 Phoenix Audio

Critic Reviews

"[An] engaging mystery...firmly grips the listener....A lively, witty tale." (Publishers Weekly)

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One of My Favorite Authors

I love this book. It is funny & full of mystery. Guidall is one of the best readers around. I love all of the Cat Who books.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Pleasant diversion

This was my first "The Cat Who..." book and I enjoyed it and am glad I purchased and listened to it. The narrator did a wonderful job in conveying the story so that the characters were distinguishable and entertaining. It's not a particularly challenging mystery and the pace is leisurely, but the characters (even the cats) have depth and believability. Pass some pleasant hours, get some chuckles and let an excellent narrator tell you a story while you are driving or cleaning or weeding your garden. Or just sitting on the porch to relax.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Todd
  • Atlanta, GA, USA
  • 09-28-09

Unfortunate Production

I enjoyed the story but was distracted by the bad production values. One chapter is interrupted by the first line of the following chapter and phrases are repeated in a couple of places.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Suspense to the end

The Cat Who Books are our first choice when we are traveling. Clean, wholesome and humorous for all ears. We have only a few left to hear.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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There's No Place Like Home

In this book Jim Qwilleran decides to take a vacation away from Pick Axe and all his friends there. A friend has recommended an area in the Potato Mountains. Qwill rents a large house (formerly a Bed and Breakfast Hotel) located on top of a mountain because it is the only place that will accept his two beloved Siamese cats.

HIs adventures in the "Potatos" is similar to his experiences in Pick Axe. There are interesting people, and a murder to solve. If you like other books in the series, you will probably like this one.

I listen to these books to relax and leave the "real world" behind. There is no graphic sex or violence and no coarse language. George Guidall is an excellent narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Love the story

This is my new favorite in 'The Cat Who' series.

Qwill goes on vacation with the cats and it really is a delightful tale.

If you haven't read the other novels (in order) you might feel a little lost on the characters, but it is not hard to be captivated by the interesting people and personalities.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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one of the best in the Cat series

Would you consider the audio edition of The Cat Who Moved a Mountain to be better than the print version?

yes definitely, somehow the characters come to life more on audio - especially Koko!Listening prevents speed reading and the storyline develops at a steady pace.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cat Who Moved a Mountain?

Qill slipping at the waterfall, you could sense his panic and relief at his rescue

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

I always George's renditions and his subtle but distinct voices he imparts to the characters.He has a very mellow voice which is easy to listen to and reads at just the right level of pace.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

On a long drive I certainly would. But was very happy listening to it in 'chunks'!

Any additional comments?

Please bring out more!<br/><br/>Only problem with this audio was that some chapters have become mixed up - the breakdown on the mtn jumps into an office meeting. Can this be rectified? Had to listen twice to make sure I hadn't missed anything.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great book

Classic Braun! Excellent read.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Good Read!

Thanks Lillian Jackson Braun. You're always there for a good read.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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One Potato Two Potato

The story of the big guy getting over on the little guy is well told. This one is a totally different way to go. But the moral is still the same.

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  • Liz Carter
  • 03-02-17

Disappointing

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I have listened to several books in this series and enjoyed them tremendously so had high hopes for this one. The story starts off well slowly unwinds to a quite unbelievable ending - it felt like a filler-book, one to fill in between other, better ones. I would not recommend it.

What could Lilian Jackson Braun have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Resolved some of the issues that are brought into the story - too many loose ends.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Visiting the shop enroute to the mountains - the description of the interior was amazing and the conversation between the 2 men sooo funny, I laughed out loud.

Could you see The Cat Who Moved a Mountain being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Not unless you brought in some more answers along the way. You would need a good, mature actor for the main role, one with a dry sense of humour - a low-key character. As for the cats ...

Any additional comments?

I desperately wanted to like this book - there were some really good story lines but they just fizzled out. Far too much time spent on interior decor!

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  • E Young
  • 01-07-17

Utterly charming

Charming, funny and gentle, the Cat Who books never fail to entertain. George Guidall's narration is perfect for the books, soft and smoothing as a warm bath on a cold night.

There were a couple on minor glitches in the editing around chapter 16 but not significant enough to spoil the story.

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  • Patricia
  • 06-30-15

Whimsical escapism!

I enjoy these low key stories and have either read or listened to most of them. George Guidall is the best possible choice as narrator but he should have had more help from the sound editor on this one. There are bizarre silences, when you think your kit has switched off, only to find he starts to speak again. There is also an instance of him trying three different takes on a sentence, which has been left in. He's very professional and deserves better than this from the technical team.

The story is flimsy and not one of the best; plenty of unanswered questions. Who is stalking Polly in Pickax? What happens to the real murderer in the Potatoes? What happens to the flooded community ? Did I fall asleep and miss all this stuff??

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  • Annie
  • 04-14-11

One of the best 'The Cat Who' listens

I love the way George Guidall reads these books. He could BE Qwillerin, complete with bushy moustache. Lillian Jackson Braun delicately conveys the tongue-in-cheek relationship between 'master' and cat particularly well in this book. Excellent marrying of author, reader and subject.

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  • Catherine
  • 09-18-09

A Good Listen

Excellent reading by George Guidall. Please can we have more of the cat books.