I am struggling with how to classify this book, as it seems to cover multiple genres. It is an adventure story and a coming-of-age story, but there is also an undercurrent of epic-love-story throughout. The performance is exceptional, with the narrator giving emotion and life to the words that will pull at your heart. The characters are complex and interesting, and you will love them despite of their faults. I have listened to the book three times, enjoying it more with each listen. And even though I know the story, I continue to hope that Will Cooper will make a different choice, sparing me the heartache I know to come.
Do yourself a favor and buy this book.
This book is one I have read twice already. The author Will Patton just brings everything to life. This is a story of much history with details I've never heard before. I beleive it is a epic sage that covers the beginnings of our great country. If you like stories of the native americans and their tales you will like this book.
It is easy to get lost in this story. Written by a great storyteller.
Although this book was slow in parts, the writing was masterful. His descriptions never failed to amaze because they were so lyrical, so original. I did not know how integrated so many of the displaced native americans had become before being forced to walk away from all they had known and everything they had worked to build by the unpeakably cruel Andrew Jackson. It was an eye opener, esp. since he so painstakingly researched the history.
Sophisticated and often poetic prose season this well developed story line. The narration takes a short time to get use to, but once you do, it complements the book. The author has obviously well researched and delivered this time in American history with a sensitive pen. Worth reading
This book maybe good, but I've not been able to tolerate more than 15 minutes of the narration!! the voice is dry, has a southern accent (not necessarily a bad thing.. but here it is), and the reader pauses after about every 4th word..
One of the few books that not only is a beautiful portrait of the cultures of times past but captures the emotions of life no-mater what point in time. A beautiful and poetic portrayal of life experience.
This book was okay Not one I would listen to again. I have Cherokee in my family background and heard somethings I didn't know. Even though it was fiction I found some parts of the native history very interesting.
My husband and I read this book several years ago, and on a cross-country trip this summer we easily agreed it was one we could enjoy hearing again. Having just listened to Will Patton narrate The Glass Rainbow, we were reminded what an evocative reader he is and how much he brought to the beautiful story and language of Thirteen Moons. Having taught some of this history to 5th graders, I found wonderful passages to share with them. The strength and clarity of these characters came through in the writing of the story. We highly recommend it. For those who have suggested it is a slow read, I'd say it is, and pleasurably so.
Many books are made much more enjoyable by the narration, this book is a prime example of that. I can't imagine it done by anyone but Mr. Patton. This is the first book I will listen to again. Wonderful.