This book was just a bit too raw for me. The characters weren't relatable, the mood was very Southern and the energy very masculine. The connections with nature and wilderness, which were part of what made "Cold Mountain" so beautiful to listen to, only served in this novel to underscore the angry, hostile and generally negative aspects of human emotion.
There wasn't anything particularly interesting about the historical period - this story could have staged at any time, and actually I felt while reading this book that I was way back "when" - at some other time before the events were said to take place. Perhaps that has more to do with the way things were in the South in the 60's, than with anything about Frazier's narrative style or the characters themselves.
I found the narrator's tones to be very coarse and rough-sounding - nothing like the elegant Southern rhythm and harmonies in Frazier's reading of "Cold Mountain".
But I'll end this review on a positive note - Frazier's writing is flawless, with a very sensitive ear for phrasing, and his mastery of detail is unequalled amongst most current writers. It's always a treat to listen to anything written by Charles Frazier; this story line however, just happened to fall a little to far on the dark side.
When I suddenly reached the end of the recording I felt such a deep sadness for its being over. I wasn't ready to leave Luce and her troubled kids.
The writing was beautiful, the characters were well developed, the story was believable. I cannot think of one negative thing to write about this lovely book other than that it just wasn't long enough for me.
Detailed and vivid descriptions of a small Appalachian town and surrounding mountains. The characters are arguably stereotypical, but feel real and tangible. The story is deeply satisfying and riveting. Well narrated, particularly Bud and the other male characters.
Tell us about yourself!I am an avid reader but enjoy listening while waking to work, ironing, doing dishes, etc. Listening to novels is an entirely different experience than reading; a well narrated story is a cross between drama and written fiction. Listening to books on Audible has been a wonderful experience.
no, because the story is gripping and tight, and once known would not be as suspenseful on a second listen
the children lost on Sally (the horse) in the mountains
Litt--great characterization of a good ole boy
The whole experience of listening to a graceful, intense, and poetic story read by a superb and nuanced reader is one of the great joys of the
This was a very enjoyable book with sympathetic characters. There were no wasted words. Very elegant writing and wonderful narration.
Unlike most others, I thought Thirteen Moons was brilliant, his best work. I listen to that book to take me somewhere else. Nightwoods did that too and there's something about Frazier's writing and Patton's narration that is mesmerizing, thoroughly enchanting. It inevitably, within seconds takes me way way faraway some place else, in the wilderness, in forests, by gushing rivers....Frazier is my most admired writer. There's something about him that is hard to qualify, guess his writing and Patton's narration penetrate deep inside one's soul, its a dreamy, misty, musical ride. It is a spiritual journey, unforgettable!
First let me say, I have listened to Will Patton many times. He could read the telephone book and I would listen to it all. Somehow, his reading didn't quite portray the story as his usual reading does. It seemed a little rushed and somewhat flat. He didn't pause to take in the "scenery." I loved the novel, the story, the plot and would read it again. Yay, for Charles Frazier again.
Excellent story. Charles Frazier captures sights, smells sounds and feelings like few others. The sense of place is outstanding. The story is very engaging but unhurried. Will Patton is excellent as always!