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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (740 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harold Bell Wright Narrator: Jack Sondericker Publisher: Books In Motion Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN:
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Strangers aren't well received in the Mutton Hollow neighborhood of the Ozarks. But there was something different about this old gentleman. The cut of his clothes revealed he was obviously from the world beyond the ridges. He carried himself with the unconscious air of one long used to power and influence. His face was marked deeply by pride - pride of birth, of intellect, of culture - but there was more, the countenance of one fairly staggering under a burden of disappointment and grief. No one knew his past, or why he came to the hollow. But his quiet presence was soon to be felt by every family in Mutton Hollow. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emilia | 2/13/2014

    " My grandmother wanted me to read this way back when I was in high school, but I just didn't have time to read then. It was fun to get into their way of talking and a very good story more than I thought it would have, given the title. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Esther | 2/13/2014

    " Not much like the John Wayne movie of the same name. I got this off Librivox, and the reader, Emily Jarmard, was so perfect (like Cherry Jones reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder series) that I nearly gave the book 3 stars. Her voice *is* Sammy. And there were things I liked about the book; the setting, the character of the handicapped boy, the simple language - but there was just too much sentimentality for me. For those of you who like a little sentiment, though, and an old-fashioned mountain story - I recommend the Librivox audio version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin (RBBR) | 2/13/2014

    " Although I have this placed on the "movie or tv show based on book" shelf its actually a Play or rather Live Drama which is shown in Branson, Missouri. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kari | 2/6/2014

    " Apparently this author was so great, so I picked this book because out of the ones I saw, it seemed like the best choice for my taste. But it was written in 1907, so expect the level of writing as novels at that point were like; I've read various strange books like it at my grandparents' house and so on. Except that those books were better than this one. So I'm wondering why everyone loves it so much. With nothing particularly objectionable in the plot, and being poorly written (add in the prejudices of people, or at least authors, back then), how does this book get so many points from the world of today, with the rage seeming to be excellent writing, and wild subjects? I'm not seeing it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 1/30/2014

    " A darling older, classic story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J | 1/19/2014

    " my best friend's favorite book. i love it partly because of her. maybe mostly; i don't know. but it is good in its own right. a story about love and choice and atonement. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 1/19/2014

    " This was my grandfather's favorite book. John Wayne's movie version ruined the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kami | 1/18/2014

    " A bit too melodramatic and moralizing for my tastes, even for when I read it at age 13. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 1/17/2014

    " Good, easy read. The author makes a strong point about education and how it shapes who we are. There are really only two female characters and both are stronger than almost all the males. Which is interesting. The ended has a real shocker, which is always nice when reading a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet Stock | 1/3/2014

    " I learned a lot about the history of Missouri. I picked this up on a trip to Branson. The original homestad is still there and they reenact the play and have demonstrations of life on the frontier at the turn of the 19th century. Really fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lark | 1/1/2014

    " This was my Grandma's favorite book, and all of her siblings. Oh so good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Wegner | 12/27/2013

    " Great story about some of the first settlers in the hills of the Ozarks. Really sweet and enjoyable story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/22/2013

    " Surprisingly good! This book had a little bit of everything -- drama, historical fiction, suspense, mystery. Very nice book written in the early 1900's. Anyone visiting Branson, Missouri should visit the place where this book was written - called today "The Shepherd of the Hills". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew Dishman | 12/6/2013

    " Its interesting to see what life would have been like around where I live at that time. It was good but hard to follow at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liesl Gingerich | 10/30/2013

    " This book is really good!!!!! I loved it!!!!!! but at the end it is really sad :( but I defiantly recommend it to anyone who likes adventures! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina Brady | 10/21/2013

    " Wonderful little love story located here in Missouri. I had trouble with the speech of the book in the beginning but once I got past that and recognized all the slang then the book was wonderful. I laughed, I cried, and over all felt a great desire to keep myself rooted to who I am always. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 9/9/2013

    " I always love to read a positive account of my Ozark hills! This story offered an intriguing plot, quick pace, solid characters, and valuable teachings, catching and keeping my attention throughout. This is a tough book to leave behind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie Basham | 8/5/2013

    " This was the best Christian fiction book I've ever read! Ever. It is beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashleyshell | 7/6/2013

    " This has been one of my favorite books throughout my life, and I have read it many times. Partly I love it because I grew up in the Ozarks, the story's setting, but I also love the story. The characters are dear old friends to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katharina | 6/28/2013

    " pretty good......didn't care for some of the dialogue though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terri | 3/26/2013

    " I read this on my Nook. It was a free download and the format was terrible, so I didn't have the best experience. The story was good, but a little slow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Texasreader | 2/12/2013

    " This book was read to my 6th grade class (mid-1960s). I loved it then. As an adult, I bought a copy and have read it many times. I also read it to my two daughters as they were going up. It will always remain an all-time favorite book for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lavinia | 10/9/2012

    " My dad has shelves and shelves of books. I asked him about this one and he said all he could remember about it was one section where the kid is in his room listening to the scrub of a brush cleaning blood off the floor. If you read it - that part will stick with you forever! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Miles | 9/18/2012

    " A solid, somewhat predictable read. Could be called "The Book That Built Branson". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kolette | 8/16/2012

    " New goal: to become a "sure-enough lady" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 5/7/2012

    " This is one of my favorite books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy Swint | 2/13/2012

    " This is my all time favorite book. A great story that one can learn a lot from. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 12/5/2011

    " Probably the best book I have read with a Missouri setting. Makes me wish I was an Ozark mountain girl 100 years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 5/12/2011

    " Much better than I thought it would be. Originally published in 1907. Human frailty, strength, punishment, absolution and a bit of mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 4/22/2011

    " Wonderful little love story located here in Missouri. I had trouble with the speech of the book in the beginning but once I got past that and recognized all the slang then the book was wonderful. I laughed, I cried, and over all felt a great desire to keep myself rooted to who I am always. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 2/22/2011

    " Its interesting to see what life would have been like around where I live at that time. It was good but hard to follow at times. "

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About the Author

Harold Bell Wright (1872–1944) was a bestselling American writer of fiction, essays, and nonfiction during the first half of the twentieth century. Although mostly forgotten or ignored after the middle of the century, he is said to have been the first American writer to sell a million copies of a novel and the first to make $1 million from writing fiction. More than twenty-one movies were made or claimed to have been made from his stories, including Gary Cooper’s first major movie, The Winning of Barbara Worth, and the John Wayne film The Shepherd of the Hills. The author’s religious practices first led him to write, and all of his books address particular problems. Behind all of his works lies the simple desire to write about the goodness of mankind.