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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (1,901 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rivers Siddons Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9781607882503
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From one of our most acclaimed writers comes a dramatic tale of a well-born Southern woman whose life is forever changed by the betrayal of her mother, and by the man she loves.

Growing up, the only place tomboy Thayer Wentworth felt at home was at her summer camp: Camp Sherwood Forest in the North Carolina mountains. It was there that she came alive, and it was there she met Nick Abrams, her first love and her first heartbreak.

Years later, Thayer marries Aengus, an Irish professor, and they move into her deceased grandmother’s house in Atlanta. The house is only miles from Camp Edgewood on Burnt Mountain, where her father died years ago in a car accident. There, Aengus and Thayer lead quiet and happy lives, until Aengus is invited up to the camp to tell old Irish tales to the campers. As Aengus spends less time at home and becomes more distant, Thayer must confront dark secrets about her mother, her first love, and most devastating of all, her husband.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kate Reading’s narration is steady and precise; she offers up a dramatic performance and infuses her narration with a hint of a Southern accent, its influence lingering politely behind her vowels. But it is in the book’s dialogue that Reading shines brightest, producing an assortment of twangs, drawls, burrs, and even a brogue.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Siddons mixes in a touch of the supernatural to bring the novel to an exciting climax, but what's most appealing here is the layered family drama and the lush world Thayer inhabits a master storyteller with a remarkable track record, bestselling Siddons returns to her signature Southern setting in her newest blend of emotional realism and a sliver of magic.”

    Booklist

  • “Burnt Mountain engages the listener with suspense, vivid and charming descriptions, and characters to care about. Kate Reading imbues each character with a distinctive accent, timbre, and pitch. Her skillful portrayals of the principal players keep the listener wondering about the story’s outcome all the way to the end.”

    AudioFile

  • “Siddons is at her usual incisive best at skewering the mores of socially pretentious Southerners, and her prose is limpid and mesmerizing.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deedee | 2/17/2014

    " This is an author who can run hot or cold, and this one is definitely cold. It dabbles in the occult and is pretty far out there. Don't bother. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cathy | 2/13/2014

    " I have to agree with Doreen, this book was like 2 stories in 1 book. It starts off fine and interesting enough, but 2/3 of the way through, the story takes a turn into a whole other genre. It's like "Gone with the Wind" meets "Twilight"! I am truly disappointed, as I have enjoyed this author's past works. I could not recommend this book to anyone, in fact, I think I would have to steer readers on to another choice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/12/2014

    " I admit to loving her books. They take me back to my beloved south. But I cant believe the cop out way this book wraps up. Lame lame lame. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathleen Egan | 2/7/2014

    " Just could not get into this book, only read a few chapters and sent it back to the library. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jesi | 1/26/2014

    " This book was just ok. I found the main character annoying "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 1/24/2014

    " I was not impressed, I liked 2 other books written by Anne Siddons. I was not getting through this book with ease. I actually read this over the course of 2 weeks. That is way toooo long for me. I loved nothing about the book, the characters were boring and by the end of the book, I was like huh really? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diana | 1/9/2014

    " A little out there toward the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M Martin Penner | 12/22/2013

    " Strange but intriguing read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/31/2013

    " Poorly written - cannot tell when it's taking place - cell phones during 1995 Olympics? It feels like you are in so many different decades but not timeless. So much seems fast-forwarded and it's hard to really know any if the characters - they are all so flat. Disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice Dinizo | 10/29/2013

    " OMG, Anne River Siddons has written another perfect read. This one is absorbing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 7/18/2013

    " An easy and fun summer read. Love and betrayal in a Southern family ... wonderful descriptions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Hollister | 5/2/2013

    " This book is very strange, but I enjoyed it. Odd ending.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandy | 3/24/2013

    " This was her latest and I hadn't read it yet. It was good to a certain point and then was really bizarre and disjointed at the end. Nothing was explained and it had an abrupt ending. Probably the most disappointing of her books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kady Bone | 3/15/2013

    " I did not like this book at all. Thayer is as unlikable as any character I have ever read about. There were multiple loose ends that dangled at the end. Don't waste your time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 12/10/2012

    " Good story but the end was less than satisfying. There's a crazy exs-husband in the mountains and she is living a calm life - right. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leonore | 11/25/2012

    " Its a great listen I wouldn't bother reading it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 5/8/2012

    " This book was confusing, especially when they went to see a Harry Potter movie on the way to a 1996 Olympic planning committee meeting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Renea | 4/17/2012

    " HORRIBLE. DON'T EVEN BOTHER! Siddons pulls you in for the first half, then gives up in the last half as if she had a deadline to meet. 1 star is generous. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn Pribus | 3/24/2012

    " Started this one, but somehow never really was engaged before it was due back at the library. Saw the composite review was under 3 stars. Too many other books await. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 1/8/2012

    " Way too much action left to the end. And not a lot of time to figure it all out before the book was all done. But it gripped me. I recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 susan funk | 11/7/2011

    " good read ..probably a 3.5 rating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 7/10/2011

    " Set mostly in Atlanta area, classic Anne Rivers Siddons. I loved the character of the Grandmother. Book swerved off its path towards the end, as many of her books do. "

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About the Author
Author Anne Rivers Siddons

Anne Rivers Siddons is a New York Times bestselling author who she has written works such as Sweetwater Creek, Islands, Nora Nora, Low Country, Up Island, Fault Lines, Downtown, Hill Towns, Colony, Outer Banks, King’s Oak, Peachtree Road, Homeplace, Fox’s Earth, and Heartbreak Hotel. Her novel The House Next Door was made into a made-for-television movie starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Colin Ferguson, and Lara Flynn Boyle. She and her husband, Heyward, split their time between their homes in South Carolina and Maine.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received thirty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.