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3.26 out of 53.26 out of 53.26 out of 53.26 out of 53.26 out of 5 3.26 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lorna Landvik Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9780739315941
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The View from Mount Joy, Lorna Landvik’s delightfully quirky and intensely moving new novel, is about a man, a supermarket, the roads not taken, and the great, unexpected pleasures found in living a good life. 

When hunky teenage hockey player Joe Andreson and his widowed mother move to Minneapolis, Joe falls under the seductive spell of Kristi Casey, Ole Bull High’s libidinous head cheerleader, the kind of girl a guy can’t say no to, even when saying yes guarantees trouble. 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 (and torment) 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: His constituents confide astonishing things and always appreciate the value of a hard-to-pass-up special, a free toy for a well-behaved youngster, a pie for the best rendition of “Alfie,” or simply Joe’s generous dispensing of the milk of human kindness. 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 to the outside world. But who has really risked more? Who has lived more? And who is truly happy? As Joe discovers–in this dramatic, heartbreaking, and hilarious novel–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.

The View from Mount Joy is truly glorious: a warm, wonderful picture of life as seen from the deepest places in the heart.

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

    " I thought this book had some good twists and turns I didn't expect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drredman | 2/16/2014

    " It took awhile before I really wanted to keep reading the book, the characters were, for me slow to develop and not real interesting. But I did grow to enjoy the story and appreciate how this author spends years with a character so the reader does get to know them pretty well. She did demonstrate complexity of the characters and that I appreciated. I always am awaiting her new releases. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 2/16/2014

    " This was a great airplane read -- easy flow, light story, many likeable characters, and lots of fun references to the Twin Cities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie Tilleskjor | 2/12/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/6/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emmy's Grammy (Susan) | 2/1/2014

    " This is a wonderful, warm, witty story of life. I would read this one again! This author is just a delight to read. She knows, and understands people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 1/29/2014

    " This is my favorite among the Lorna Landvik novels. I relate to the characters, life experiences and time frame (1970's and beyond), because it parallels my life. I would have to say it is kind of "beach read" material...light, funny, does't take a whole lot of effort to read. That said, I still thoroughly enjoyed my escapism time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angie | 1/8/2014

    " This is the first book by Lorna Landvik that really have not liked...it was just a bit odd and there was way too much casual teenage sex. I would not recommend this book to anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 12/31/2013

    " 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 Carolyn Marsh | 12/25/2013

    " This was definitely a summer read for our book club. The plot wandered a bit and started to wonder what the point was. Not as good as some of Landvik's other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KJ Luepke | 12/15/2013

    " Light, fluffy read - so very, very campy and folksy but that's what I expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Glaser | 12/7/2013

    " I like Lorna Landvik, but almost didn't check out this book because of the cover. But I loved it, loved the characters, and I still think about it months later. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 10/22/2013

    " Readable. Some strong areas. Good ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julianne | 9/23/2013

    " For all you Minnesotians out there. Engaging characters, a good easy read. Patty Jane's House of Curl is still my favorite by this author "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 6/14/2013

    " I love Lorna Landvik and her newest did not disappoint. It was particularly resonant with me given what was going on in my own life at the time...trying to figure out what I was going to do with the rest of my life! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzie Fullmer | 12/3/2012

    " Another Lorna Landvick winner about how life takes us on very unexpected turns and the people who bless our lives. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica | 10/24/2012

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 10/11/2012

    " This was a bit of a disapointment, I usually enjoy here books but this one was just...ok. Some nice touches, but mostly predictable and the writing made me wince in a few places. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Lopez | 7/20/2012

    " This one started out very strange, but it got better as I read on. I missed the characters after I finished it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 7/13/2012

    " I just read it and can't remember what it was about, but I thought I liked it. Guess you should skip this one "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 4/22/2012

    " Beautifully written book that I couldn't put down. You can't go wrong with Lorna Landvik's books about small town America. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny Messina | 2/20/2012

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jill | 1/16/2012

    " Bleh. Lorna Landvik wrote one really good book, and she has been writing the same book at lesser quality for her last several. It's a bummer. Here's a tip: Do not write in a male voice if you're writing female reactions. It comes of as both trite and stereotyped. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 12/29/2011

    " Just like most Landvik books. So Minnesota! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire Gerber | 9/14/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 6/9/2011

    " sweet story of Joe Andreson and his life in Minneapolis "

  • 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 ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.