Read at least two books a week... like Faulkner and Hemmingway and books that have spiritual outreach like Eat, Pray and Love. I have read most of James Lee Burk's books. My favorite narrator is Will Patton. He did an incredable job with Charles Fraziers Cold Mountain and 13 Moons and James Dickey's "Deliverance"
I could not put this book down... from the voice of Charles Frazier to the Story of Inman and Ada... I found myself with them during the Civil War, identifying with their fears, challenges and the deep meaning of love. From Ruby I understood the meaning of human survival and determination and learned much from her strong character. From Monrow, Ada's father, the gift some of us have looking for the good in everyone and celebrating the simple joy of living in the mountains, nature and the meaning of family. This is a powerful book and one of the very best books I have ever read and listened to.
Yes, the author and the narrator painted the story very well.
I loved the meeting of Ruby and Ada
YES YES YES
The book is so good, I was surprised to find the ending different from the movie. I saw the movie first, but thoroughly enjoyed both of them.
.....I was tormented by the ending and the fact that I was done reading the book made me so sad.........it is one of those rare and beautiful books that touches you deep in your soul and stays in your thoughts for a lifetime. Inman and Ada were truly a couple that makes romance and love and living life such a true touching and heartbreaking experience. I found myself laughing one minute and yelling out in shock and anger the next minute....the book left me in awe and breathless.....this will be a story that will live long in my mind and heart. Absolutely being placed in my 'Top 10' list.....
Charles Frazier brings life to this story. His description of the Appalachian hills, the characters and the lovers kept me thoroughly engaged. Far superior to the movie.
65 y/o father of two sons. Married 25 yrs. Audible member for 8 yrs. I can hardly read books with my eyes any more. I love reviewing.
I know this was made into a movie years ago, and I didn't see it, having a personal no Renee Zellweger
policy. The author/narrator sounds like he actually experienced the events in the book, chronologically impossible, but that real and intensely human. I knew little about the history of the American South around the Civil War, but I now feel that I know something about it, even if the book is fiction. The three characters are all drawn uniquely, you feel what they feel, and it almost feels like your own triumph when they survive the almost unimaginable poverty and degradation of the era. I know that in general authors should not narrate their own books, but after reading this I can't imagine anyone other than Mr. Frazier telling the story, rendering the characters and the events so vividly.
Great book. Dismal reading. In fact, the worst _reading_ of a book I've heard. Some good friend should have told Charles Frazier to stick to writing and let a professional narrator do the reading. I gave it three stars as a compromise. The text gets five stars; the reading one. If listening is your only way to get to this book, then have at it, but expect your reaction to be conflicted.
Seemed like this was a really good book. The bits I heard, that is! Charles Frazier writes beautifully. Unfortunately, he "mumbles" more than "reads," does that in a monotone voice, and often mispronounces words. It was nigh impossible to tell when locations and characters changed, which they did on a regular basis. Perhaps, when listening to this book for the specific purpose of reviewing, in an otherwise silent environment, and giving it your total concentration, it is possible to make out more of the words. But most audible listeners listen while doing other things; otherwise they'd have time to read the book!
Such a shame! There are so many excellent readers out there, that could have read this excellent book.
It's a hard lesson learned, but this is why some write and others read. This book was unlistenable at parts. Yet, I enjoyed the historical aspects of the book, but couldn't care less about the characters. I haven't seen the movie, but can't even begin to think how they put this into a script. It was plodding, long and the narrative just never ended. A tree description could take minutes...actual minutes.
I bought Cold Mountain partly because my daughter recommended it, but
partly because I was intrigued at the wide difference in Audible reviews. Glowing praise on the one hand was countered by damning criticism on the other, particularly concerning the narration.
My conclusion: the critics are right. This is an awful audio book, really *awful*. Coming through the ninth-grade reading style are beautiful descriptions of the south, the war, and warm country life. But I could rarely stay focussed before the narrator's grim monotone hauled me back to reality.
True enough, as one reviewer suggested, the author's southern accent helps carry his story. But the effect is *completely* destroyed by the fact that his reading is as unskilled as his writing is skilled. Surely a professional reader/actor from the south could have been found instead.
Most songwriters do not sing; most playwrights do not direct or act. Why did anyone think that this man was the right person to read? Such a shame.