I have had this book for several years, but hadn't gotten around to reading it. Like a lot of southern literature, this book starts off with an incident, in this case a telephone call, that spurs the memory of the protagonist, Will Cooper. Will's story is told in retrospect and with marvelous detail. Sometimes a bit too much detail that is not relevant to the story (I guess that's why there is an abridged version of the book available). Frazier seems like a modern day Faulkner and he uses 19th Century language as if he, himself, was living in that century. That is what gives all of his books the charm and authenticity of the period that they reflect. Will Patton's performance is, as usual, outstanding. He definitely has the southern voice to sell the author's intentions. I gave the overall and story four stars because I thought the story got to rambling and the central romantic involvement was a bit too unfulfilled for my taste, although it probably resembles real life. If you are a fan of Faulkner or southern Appalachian history, you should find this book entertaining and informative.
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.
I love books!
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.
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.
"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.
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.)
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.