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3.19 out of 53.19 out of 53.19 out of 53.19 out of 53.19 out of 5 3.19 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lorna Landvik Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9781415942253
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The View from Mount Joy, Lorna Landvik’s delightfully quirky and intensely moving novel, is about the unexpected pleasures found in living a good life.

When hunky teenage hockey player Joe Andreson moves to Minneapolis, Joe falls under the seductive spell of Kristi Casey, Ole Bull High’s libidinous head cheerleader. Joe balances Kristi’s lustful manipulation with the down-to-earth companionship of his smart, platonic girlfriend, Darva. But it is Kristi who will prove to be a temptation throughout Joe’s life.

Years later, having once dreamed of a career in pro hockey or as a globetrotting journalist, Joe can’t believe that life has deposited him in the aisles of Haugland Foods. But he soon learns that being a grocer is like being the mayor of a small town. For Joe, everyday life is its own roller-coaster ride, and all he wants to do is hold on tight.

The path Kristi has charged down, on the other hand, is as wild as Joe’s is tame—or at least that’s how it appears. But who has really risked more? Who has lived more? And who is truly happy? As Joe discovers, sometimes people are lucky enough to be standing in the one place where the view of the world is breathtaking, if only they’ll open their eyes to all there is to see.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 2/18/2014

    " I read this as an AD (Advanced Read) before it was published and I greatly enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 2/17/2014

    " I don't know why I wasted my time on this one. It was a slow read. It seems like I was reading it forever yet I never got anywhere in the book! Total opposite of Water for Elephants. In the future, I will just stop reading! It was an interesting story, however. A light beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 2/12/2014

    " not what I was expecting, but it's a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lesley | 2/10/2014

    " I mostly read this because I was going to hear Lorna Lanvik speak. Not one of my favorites. Would reccomned "Oh My Stars" over this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mignon | 2/7/2014

    " This is a great book with lots of ups and downs in the life of the charater of the book. It's funny, catchy and a fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 2/5/2014

    " Funny and interesting. Easy enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/3/2014

    " Sept. Book Club title. Landvik's characters are well developed and I really enjoyed how well the 70's are portrayed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire Gerber | 1/10/2014

    " A fluffy, but fun read -- gearing up for dinner with the author this weekend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 1/8/2014

    " Liked it. Didn't love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl Pashlin | 1/1/2014

    " Sometimes a little too perfect and unbelievable but a fun and easy read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rusane | 12/15/2013

    " Just okay. I finished it and was not upset at having spent the time reading it but I really have no opinion strongy one way or the other. Probably wouldn't recommend it to anyone as there are too many other good books to spend time in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/10/2013

    " Novel about a "good guy" and his relationship with the most popular high school girl. Leaves me wondering which lived happily ever after. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 11/24/2013

    " I like Lorna Landvik, and I liked the book. The male narrator's voice seemed to become less authentic at the end - but it was rather courageous of her to make the villian female - a flip flop of her usual plots. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 11/17/2013

    " Good read about family and life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/16/2013

    " an enjoyable enough book, but definitely not my favorite by Lorna Landvik "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 8/29/2013

    " This was a really good story - very heartwarming, and easy to read. I really liked the characters, and found that I wanted to read more about them. Highly recommended! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MJ | 7/4/2013

    " Nice story about a small town boy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 6/28/2013

    " This was a pretty good read. The main character was well-done. I felt like I knew him by the time I finished the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 1/22/2013

    " Contrasts the lives of friends Joe Andreson and Kristi Casey. Enjoyed very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gayle | 11/18/2012

    " I really enjoyed spending time with these characters. There were a lot of sweet moments, and a lot of laugh out loud moments too! And even a mention of my lovely maiden name - Grina. "

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

    " Fun maketing idea: games at a grocery store. Joe Andreson improvises games and prizes to often benefit people in need but the winner is not always who he expects. Includes blended families, long term relationships,happiness-THE view from Mount Joy. Fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 7/28/2012

    " This was a nice story about a grocery store owner in Minnesota. It was a nice read. She also wrote "Patty Jane's House of Curl" which is one of my favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 2/29/2012

    " This book was pretty good. It kind of glossed over a lot of things, but I did enjoy it. If you're into the latest in literature, probably not your thing, but it was a pretty good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shauna | 1/8/2012

    " Kind of naughty! Didn't love this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 5/29/2011

    " If you are a Lorna Landvik fan, I really recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie Tilleskjor | 5/21/2011

    " This was a fun book and quick read. I could relate to the era it was placed in. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica | 5/9/2011

    " I started reading this book, but there was some explicit sexual content, so I didn't want to try to forge through it. Not worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 4/15/2011

    " One can't held but like the main charater Joe. Just a down to earth really great guy who believes in doing good for those around him. Ms. Landvik has created a wonder description of Joe's grocery store and the fun that goes on in the place. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 4/11/2011

    " Read this on vacation and it had the perfect fluff/non-fluff ratio to satisfy me but not tax me. The whole time I was reading it I kept thinking I had read it before but couldn't quite remember if I had. That's the kind of book it is - predictable yet enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 3/21/2011

    " Readable. Some strong areas. Good ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 10/23/2010

    " A nice feel-good story about completely unbelievable characters. It was an enjoyable read, but not an especially memorable book for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 9/13/2010

    " It started out really good but plot sort of fell apart and I kept thinking "what is the point of this story" by the end. Also, the author had a hidden political agenda and that is always annoying to me... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 8/9/2010

    " I absolutely loved this book. Joe is a great character who had a lot thrown at him in his life and always landed on his feet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clare | 7/19/2010

    " much better then her other book about angry housewives eating bonbons. still light reading but not too shabby for $3 at barnes and noble "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 7/16/2010

    " i love the author Lorna Landvik. She is a Minnesota author who has some wonderful quirky characters in her books. I have read all of her books. This is one is not as good as some others but still an enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pattie | 7/9/2010

    " I enjoyed this one, but not as much as other offerings from this author I've read recently. The characters didn't capture my heart as those in Patty Jane's House of Curls did. "

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About the Author
Author Lorna Landvik

Lorna Landvik is the author of the bestselling novels Patty Jane’s House of Curl, Your Oasis on Flame Lake, and The Tall Pine Polka. She is also an actor, playwright, and proud hockey mom.

About the Narrator

Robertson Dean has played leading roles on and off Broadway and at dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Yale. His audiobook narration has garnered numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.