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On a stormy winter night, two strangers wait for a flight at the Salt Lake City airport. Ashley Knox is an attractive, successful writer, who is flying East for her much anticipated wedding. Dr. Ben Payne has just wrapped up a medical conference and is also eager to get back East for a slate of surgeries he has scheduled for the following day. When the last outgoing flight is cancelled due to a broken de-icer and a forthcoming storm, Ben finds a charter plane that can take him around the storm and drop him in Denver to catch a connection. And when the pilot says the single engine prop plane can fit one more, if barely, Ben offers the seat to Ashley, knowing that she needs to get back just as urgently. And then the unthinkable happens. The pilot has a heart attack mid-flight, and the plane crashes into the High Uintas Wilderness - one of the largest stretches of harsh and remote land in the United States.
Ben, who has broken ribs and Ashley, who suffers a terrible leg fracture, along with the pilot's dog, are faced with an incredibly harrowing battle to survive. Fortunately, Ben is a medical professional and avid climber. With little hope for rescue, he must nurse Ashley back to health and figure out how they are going to get off the mountain, where the temperature hovers in the teens.
Meanwhile, Ashley soon realizes that the very private Ben has some serious emotional wounds to heal as well. He explains to Ashley that he is separated from his beloved wife, but in a long standing tradition, he faithfully records messages for her on his voice recorder, reflecting on their love affair. As Ashley eavesdrops on Ben's tender words to his estranged wife she comes to fear that when it comes to her own love story, she's just settling. And what's more: she begins to realize that the man she is really attracted to, the man she may love, is Ben.
©2010 Charles Martin (P)2010 Random House
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By Sher from Provo on 10-14-16

Well done.

I can't stop thinking about this book which usually means five stars. It was "just another crash story" for a long time, but it took place in the High Uintahs, a range of treacherous mountains in my home state of Utah so my visualizations of the terrain were easy to come up with. They most likely would have been anyway due to Martin's good descriptive writing. Still, it took place in familiar surroundings and I liked that.

The protagonist, Ben Payne, just happened to be a doctor which might seem like Martin used his profession as a convenience, and he did, but it was so much more than that. How Martin kept the plot twist so well hidden it s a tribute to his skill as a writer. Even now just thinking about it, it brings emotions to the surface. I loved it.

Great narration!

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By Kim D. Jorgensen on 02-04-15

I have recommended this book dozens of times

What did you love best about The Mountain Between Us?

When someone asks me for a book recommendation, I always suggest The Mountain Between Us. I love the story, the development of the characters and interaction between Ben and Ashley, and the unexpected ending. All these add up to a superb novel about what makes us human. And I thought the narrator was excellent.

What other book might you compare The Mountain Between Us to and why?

A book I read years ago called "The Distant Summer" by Sarah Patterson. Another of my all-time favorites.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It makes me cry every time I listen to it -- and I have done so several times.

Any additional comments?

Read it - or listen to it. You won't regret it.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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