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Publisher's Summary

Esther, a painter living in Jamaica and recovering from the death of her husband, comes across a man on a mountain road with no memory of his past. As a hurricane rushes towards the island, she shelters the handsome stranger, names him “Monty”, and tries to uncover the mystery of his missing memory. She soon finds herself falling in love with a man she barely knows, and who doesn’t even know himself. 

The Mountain and the Sea is a romantic tale about letting go of the past and embracing the present. Set on the lush Jamaican coast, the poetic prose brings to life the warmth of the sands, the spice in the foods, and the passion of a Caribbean love affair. This is a story for listeners who long for an escape to a faraway place, and for a journey inside the secrets of the human heart. It’s a story that explores the question: How can we leave the pain of our old relationships behind and give ourselves a new chance at love? 

Kwame Dawes’ poetic prose is brought to life by the enticing and lyrical performance of Jamaican narrator Paula-Anne Jones.

©2019 Audible Originals LLC (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

Our favorite moments from The Mountain and the Sea

Esther prepares for an incoming storm.
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"But she felt in that moment that he needed help."
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"Their slow waltz to the car felt strangely graceful to her."
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  • "But she felt in that moment that he needed help."
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  • "Their slow waltz to the car felt strangely graceful to her."

About the Creator

Kwame Dawes is the author of numerous books of poetry, fiction, criticism, and essays and the winner of many awards. He is Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner, and teaches at the University of Nebraska and the Pacific MFA Program. He is Director of the African Poetry Book Fund and Artistic Director of the Calabash International Literary Festival.

Photo Credit, El Secretario

About the Performer

Paula-Anne Porter Jones has been a broadcaster for more than thirty years. She describes her job as a morning show announcer as, "telling scores of stories of different lengths and types to different people—each morning is different and you never know what half of the stories will be or how they will end." A mother of four from Kingston, Jamaica, she has been voice-over talent for hundreds of short projects across the Caribbean and North America. She also works as a communication consultant, and when she is not telling stories to her on-air audiences, she is either lecturing in communication, or participating in her other loves—reading, playing sports, bird watching, scuba diving, or riding her motorcycle. Kwame Dawes’ The Mountain and the Sea is her first Audible project.

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Pornography

All of a sudden story is about overt sex and the language is too descriptive Not a love story

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Truly horrible!

Badly written. Badly read. could not get past chapter 1. do not waste your time.

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  • 04-06-20

Story For Older Women

This story is very targeted towards older women whose sex lives have gone dry. It's about an older widowed woman who finds a man stark naked on the side of the road in the middle of a storm. Need I say more? The performance is good and the story is well written. You dont need to wonder if the story is good, you just need to decide if it's your type of story before getting.

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Yikes

There were aspects of this that I really did like, but a lot of it was really awful. I kept waiting for the main character to tie Monty to a bed and hobble him. If the main character were a man, people would boycott this book. A lot of the behavior is disturbing and not romantic.

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Wow Reader beware,is all I can say about this book. You just never know what’s going to be in a book!

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Honest & Deliciously Sensual

Feelings every adult can identify with are explained in a masterfully intimate, yet somehow proper way. A man and a woman each experience an unplanned and magical, but temporary escape from reality. This is a lesson in trusting when you don't understand, and giving of yourself when there are no guarantees. The narration of this compelling story is perfectly delightful.

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Cute romance well narrated

This was an easy listen to me as I did some cooking and cleaning around the house. I felt transported to Jamaica and I really enjoyed the pace and performance of the story. So magical.

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The narrator was spirited and did a wonderful job. Yet in spite of this I could not connect emotionally with the main character. Her behavior felt unnatural, like something in her constitution is not completely formed. So even though we are privy to her thoughts, I just don’t get her.

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Pretty good read. Keeps you interested.

Overall it was good romance story. Didn't really like how it ended. But life isn't always a happy ending.

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  • 04-11-20

I'M GETTING AN ISLAND!!!!

Esther is a joy!!! Monty is a dream! Simplicity Is Elegance! Thank you for this!!!

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  • 10-26-20

I can't say i enjoyed this. poor narration

I thought the story was a bit weak, and narration off putting, laughed too much