The Man on the Mountaintop

An Audible Original Drama
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About This Audible Original

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 Earphones Award Winner

Take an inspiring philosophical and spiritual journey with this simple but profound tale. Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada, Fortitude) and Toby Jones (Infamous, Harry Potter) lead a multitude of voices in a stirring listen that will transport you to a mountaintop retreat—and introduce you to the pilgrims who gather there.

Adapted from Susan Trott's best-selling novels, The Holy Man and The Holy Man's Journey, The Man on the Mountaintop tells the story of Holy Man Joe, a humble and unassuming 72-year-old man who lives in a hermitage at the top of a mountain. Thousands of hopefuls line the single-file path leading to his door, seeking his wisdom. The pilgrims bring a multitude of modern-day problems, sorrows, and grievances. From the arrogant and wealthy man intent on cheating his way to the front of the line to the alcoholic who gradually builds the physical and mental strength needed to quit his addiction, The Man on the Mountaintop is an uplifting parable full of life lessons, powerfully told with compassion, wit, and humor.

The full cast also features the voices of 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.

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

Our favorite moments from Man on the Mountaintop

The hermitage was plain, rugged, and square.
The door was opened wide...
"It was a loving, passionate line…"
The famous man, the personal assistant, and the sage

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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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Susan Trott

About the Creator

Susan Trott is the author of more than 16 novels, including the best-selling Holy Man series, Flamingo Thief, and Crane Spreads Wings. Born in Andover, Massachusetts and educated in New England, she lives with her husband in northern California. A self-described homebody who travels widely, this mother and grandmother also enjoys table tennis and T’ai Chi.

About the Performer

After becoming interested in theater in high school, Stanley Tucci decided to pursue his passion professionally, enrolling in SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts. In 1982, the same year he graduated from the program, Tucci made his Broadway debut with a small role in The Queen and the Rebels. Only three years later, he starred in his first feature film, Prizzi’s Honor, beginning a long and celebrated career on the big screen. Tucci has appeared in everything from box-office mega-hits (all four installments of The Hunger Games, Captain America: The First Avenger, 2017’s live action Beauty and the Beast) to warm, feel-good comedies (The Devil Wears Prada, Julie & Julia, Easy A) to critically adored dramas (such as 2009’s The Lovely Bones, which earned Tucci the nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards, BAFTAs, and the Golden Globes). His television work has also racked up accolades and praise—Tucci won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of controversial columnist Walter Winchell on HBO’s Winchell, in addition to an Emmy for a guest spot on Monk, and a second Golden Globe for HBO’s Conspiracy. This Audible Original is not Tucci’s first venture into audiobooks; he and Meryl Streep received a Best Children’s Spoken Word Grammy nomination for their narration of 2008’s The One and Only Shrek, and he has lent his voice to a variety of books, including The Postman Always Rings Twice and The Good German.

About the Performer

English actor Toby Jones is internationally known for both his stage and screen work. Only a year after finishing his drama studies at L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris in 1991, Jones made his film debut in Sally Potter’s Orlando (1992). Less than a decade later, he won the 2002 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his work in the West End comedy The Play What I Wrote. This strong start soon gave way to roles in acclaimed films including Infamous, Frost/Nixon, Captain America: the First Avenger, Captain America: Civil War, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. His voice will also be familiar to Harry Potter fans; Jones voiced the beloved house elf Dobby for the entirety of the film saga. Jones is also known for his television performances. His turn as film icon Alfred Hitchcock in The Girl earned him nominations for an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA while other roles on Sherlock, Doctor Who, Wayward Pines, and Detectorists were lauded by fans and critics alike.

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  • LisaMarie
  • New Paltz, NY, United States
  • 01-29-18

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.

37 of 45 people found this review helpful

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  • amc302
  • STEVENSON RANCH, CA, US
  • 11-13-18

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

42 of 52 people found this review helpful

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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.

20 of 25 people found this review helpful

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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.

20 of 25 people found this review helpful

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These stories are cute, but shallow.

This collection of parables is pleasant enough: a survey of the basics of wisdom traditions. But if you're at all familiar with the fundamentals of morality and personal philosophy, you may find it heavy-handed, obvious, childish, and a general waste of time.

16 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Cliche-laced trite tale

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

16 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Kinda cheesy

I listened for as long as I could, hoping it would improve. A moralistic story with too heavy a hand.

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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!

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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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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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.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • SRem
  • 06-15-18

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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  • Tracy Freeman
  • 04-06-18

inspiring

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

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  • D. Howe
  • 03-18-18

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
  • 11-19-17

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

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • 11-09-17

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!

23 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • Amanda
  • 11-21-17

inspired storytelling

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

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan J.
  • 06-02-18

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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  • foxxx
  • 04-24-18

Stunning

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

Highly recommended for all.

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  • H S H
  • 01-28-18

Compelling

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

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Nigel
  • 11-10-17

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?

6 of 8 people found this review helpful