Loved this fictional rendition of the time of Indian removal in America. it aptly described what I imagine the reactions and feelings of people had at that time. This authors prose is exceptional and read perfectly by the performer.
This is a complete package experience. If you like folksy, looking back over a life of experiences, this is a masterpiece. What a life & story.
This book was written for Will Patton to read, he brings this book to life! Wow what a perfect fit!
There is a scene, when the main character is just a young boy & meets the young girl in the barn, their first conversation & your mind just melts into the story from there...this is a book that doesn't overweight your mind with descriptive adjectives, but you can visualize it all as if your watching it on a big screen.
This is one of my favorite books of all time, maybe it's more for a masculine reader, maybe it's for fans of an old time storytelling style (like listening to Mark Twain speaking from his front porch rocker) but I recommend this book to everyone & haven't heard anyone that has been disappointed yet.
Thirteen Moons is no Cold Mountain. I guess it's hard to successfully follow up on a blockbuster like Cold Mountain. Cold Mountain is one of my all time favorites, but Thirteen Moons is not one I'll remember very long. The narrator was the best aspect of Thirteen Moons.
I don't think it can be changed exactly, it is just not as good as Frazier's other books.I think the narrative just moves much more slowly. Ironically, one of the best parts of listening to the other Frazier books was the voice of Will Patton- in this book however, the slow drawl seems to make the book go even more slowly (though I still LOVE his voice!)
It was interesting to learn more about the history of Native American's in this country and the struggles they faced as the Whites moved west and took their land. It had never occurred to me before reading this book that 1. Marriage between Whites and Native Americans was not legal and 2. that some of the Cherokee were land owners with houses (and slaves!) and that 3. they were relocated to the reservations along with the other Cherokee.
I'm pretty sure I developed a serious crush on Will Patton the first time I heard him read one of Frazier's books (Cold Mountain). I was even more enthralled with his performance of Night Woods and after finishing that book, I wanted to hear more. I found Thirteen Moons and chose it primarily because of Will Patton although I did like Frazier's other books as well. That said, as mentioned above, despite his excellent voice for reading, the slow pace of this book combined with his slow drawl made it almost impossible for me to stay interested in the book.
Perhaps it would be easier to stay interested if it were a movie. I love Frazier's descriptions of landscapes and other aspects of nature (and life) that he finds beautiful. I can imagine that a movie version of this book would be visually quite impressive.
Overall this wasn't a bad book, it was just a bit slow for my taste and not what I was hoping for. It didn't take 13 moons to get through this book- though it seemed like it after reading Frazier's other books in 1-2 days each. After 6 weeks, I had to put this book, unfinished, on the shelf (so to speak- given that it is an audio book).
If you are looking for a good novel that is easy to sink your teeth into, and liked Frazier's other books for this reason, this may not be the book for you.
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