I live on an island off the coast of Maine. Since I installed a "doggie door" I am now retired from "Letting The Dogs In and Out"!
Whenever I have a lengthy project I hunt for a story narrated by Will Patton. This was a good story and Patton's captivating timbre made it into an excellent listen. I highly recommend this book.
American patriot, veteran, historical researcher and writer.
Selecting Will Patton for the narration of this story was genius. Will brought life to the magical words and phrases that author Charles Frazier so skillfully used to tell about life on the frontier of the Southern Appalachian Mountains in the 19th century. Unfortunately I found nothing to hold on to after listening to this wonderful book of descriptions of just about everything you could imagine to the last detail. It was one of those experiences where I seemed to travel a long way in an expectation of a story well told, but could not find the story when the last words were read.
Thirteen moons is a great piece of historical fiction that is intelligently written, with interesting characters and read with a style that adds authenticity. It chronicles a piece of american history that is not well known, though deserves awareness.
OK, so it was no Cold Mountain, but it was still enjoyable in an easy-chair kind of way. No plot to speak of. However I found myself drawn to the characters and the lives they led over the vast amount of time spanning this novel. Will Sampson's narration was probably what made this book for me. He embodied the main character. Unlike many narrators, he seemed to "get" what he was reading. Give this book a try. You won't be blown away by plot twists or heart-thumping action but immersed into the characters and the time in which they lived.
This book is truly a beautiful piece of poetic literature. The way Frazier puts the reader/listener there in the place and time is, in a way, a humbling experience. How anyone could call such story "dull" is beyond me - hard to imagine while I'm sitting and listening for long stretches of time after the car is parked, the engine off. Will Patton - typically playing characters I've despised in films because he is so great at being evil - is actually just the guy for this reading. His accents and voice inflections aren't distracting but actually inviting. My only complaint would be the music that seems to appear fairly often towards the beginning. Otherwise - enjoy.
What a great read! Poetry...dazzling story telling....believable characters...just wonderful.
Also a good lesson on interpreting reader review ratings. If you throw out the four or five reader ratings from those who just 'didn't get' the book, the remaining twenty or so readers averaged nearly a perfect 5 rating.
Perhaps Audible should provide a 'mean' rating number as well as the pure average to let readers know when a small group is skewing the average rating (either up or down.)
Audible Member Since 2003
You know when you really enjoy a book and you think it is so great that you want to shout its praises to as many people as possible? You want to write an eloquent review, extolling the books many virtues – its beautiful prose, rich detail, dynamic characters and satisfying ending. Thirteen Moons is not such a book, although I had hoped and expected it to be. Too bad, because it TRIES strenuously to be a masterpiece, and in doing so falls far short of the mark.
It seems as though Charles Frazier has read too many of the accolades previously heaped upon him. Thirteen Moons is so filled with bombast that it becomes almost unbearable. At the same time it attempts to speak in a “down home hillbilly” voice (the story is told in the first person by its main character, Will Cooper), filled with more “I reckons” than Huckleberry Finn. In my opinion, it just does not work. The author’s heavy hand is all over this book.
There is scant little dialogue between the characters. Instead, Will Cooper narrates much of the story, making it feel more like a documentary than a novel. Also, Will has a bizarre infatuation with the story’s love interest, Claire Featherstone, who moves inexplicably in and out of his life. Rather than invoking a romantic image in my mind, I was left more with the feeling that this woman needed extensive psychotherapy.
All in all this book is not a complete bust. I felt it did a respectable job in describing the crime against humanity wrought upon the Cherokee Nation by the white man. Some of the details of the time and place were interesting as well. However, Thirteen Moons should have been more interesting than a boring history book.
I chose to read Thirteen Moons because I nofixed that the same author wrote Cold Mountain and I love the movie. I also chose it because I have listened to Will Patton narrate several books before. I was hoping to hear a good story but what I got was an extraordinary story. Thank you both for such a vivid walk through history, Indian culture, and just the overall life of this man.
Beautiful descriptions of the land, the trials of the Cherokee, and of love found and lost, over and over. I will certainly be listening to more titles by this author. Will Patton is always my favorite narrator and didn't disappoint with this one.
At first I was concerned that I would be trapped in this fictional story with no merit. I hate wasting 3 hours or more only to find that this isn't going to work for me.
This book drew me in and kept me until the end, when I was sorry to see my friend go. Excellent story telling.