Having grown up in the mountains of western North Carolina, I was especially enthralled with this novel. Not only was it a great novel, but it was also history of North Carolina. Cold Mountain was a great book. However, I must say this one surpasses it by far. I hope it will become a movie also.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
For novels that I have read, I would rank it near the top. I loved the writing style of this author. He is one of the best wordsmiths I've ever come across. The storyline itself could have been better crafted however. It was mostly a narrative, like reading someone's lifelong journal.
The most interesting aspect of this story was the time period and the subject matter. I loved imagining what it would have been like to have been Cherokee during the relocation—especially those Cherokees who stayed behind. It was a fascinating look into our changing nation during the 1800's.
No, but I loved him. Perfect voice for this subject and time period.
No. It's way too long for that.
1. LOVED the narrator.
2. LOVED the writing. This author knows how to paint a picture with words.
3. The story was a bit lacking. At first, I was completely engaged with the story—more than halfway through the book. But toward the end, it became tiresome. It is a long book so that, in and of itself, is challenging. But the storyline didn't hold me all the way to the end. I finished it, but not because it pulled me through. I would have LOVED it, if it had been a little more engaging all the way.
All in all, I would recommend this book. The author is an amazing wordsmith. I would love to read more of what he's written.
This is a collection of snapshots, stories, reminisces and philosophy masterfully woven together in the bittersweet retelling of a life and the mourning of simpler times. It is written with good humor so dry that it may not be humor at all. I smiled though. Those demanding rollicking adventure will be disappointed. Those who savor true craftmanship in the creation of imagery and flawlessly coherent storytelling will find this to be a fine listen.
"Thirteen weeks" would be a better title - that's about how long it felt by the time I had completed this book. While I would agree that the author is a wonderful writer - some passages are beautifully written - the book itself did not seem to have much of a plot. Most of the time, it was somewhat boring. I loved Cold Mountain, but I certainly will not rush to listen to his next novel.
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I didn't really know what to expect when I decided to go with 13 Moons, I suppose I did it based on Frazier's first novel. This was more of an historical epic tale than anything else. The love story was interesting but really only a minor part of the story. The real story was the setting in the early 1800's of the southern Appalachian mountains and the Cherokee Indians that inhabited that part of the USA at that time. The tale describes the forced movement of the tribe to the west. The descriptions of the life, times and geography of the area was the story. It didn't read like a thriller or mystery but it was interesting and I'm glad I listened to it.