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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:
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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.”


  • “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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Kathleen Egan | 2/7/2014

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

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