The reader was excellelnt. The author really got into the head of a mentally disturbed sociopath but it was a depressing story with no redeeming qualities that I noted.
Sometimes I have trouble following a story when the good writing makes me want to read it on page. This book is very well written, with loads of beautiful metaphors and similes as well as descriptions, but the narrator was awesome; so the tense plot wasn't lost in the world of words. Loved it.
Will Patton does a fantastic job really transporting you through this rural world. I listened to this story when I was injured and unable to do anything but listen to audiobooks, and the immersion and beautiful descriptions in this book really helped me out. Highly recommended, and based on this reading am going to check out more books narrated by Patton.
If you like beautiful descriptions of nature with a story line in the background, this is for you. To me it was just boring. I expected more from the writer of Cold Mountain but it never showed.
Fans of Cold Mountain will not be disappointed. This is a great character book that is dark sad and satisfying. It reads like poetry and that might not be everyone's bag but you can really see the story, sad and dark as it is. Loved it.
Cold Mountain is my favorite book of all time. I have read it at least five times.
As an author, Frazier has made (at least by my lights) two huge mistakes. First he killed off Inman, and then as if that was not bad enough, he wrote "Nightwoods", an unpleasant book about unpleasant people.
Maybe the shooting of Inman was all a bad dream and he could be brought back to life so Frazier could get back to storytelling and thrilling me to death again.
"Nightwoods", which is little more than an overwritten "Night of the Hunter" knockoff,f is now right at the bottom of my list.
And by the way I have not forgotten "Thirteen Moons" even though I wish I could.
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!
I read Cold Mountain and thought it was wonderful but I have somehow forgotten about Charles Frazier. I plan to read everything he has written. Will Patton was just perfect to tell the tale of Nightwoods.
Charles Frazen is quite the language artist. He draws just beautiful pictures that paint exact paintings in your mind. You can see the beauty of the surroundings - the characters and there actions. He also paints fear. When I wasn't listening I was fearful for what would happen next. Not wanting to hear the tragedy that I feared I didn't rush to listen at every chance. Just when you think you can't stand it - he lays on something more to think and worry about.
He did a great job performing as the most evil to the most meek.
I chose this book because of the wonderful comments about the author. I too was quite impressed with his work and will be looking for other work done by both.
This book was worth the money. A story I will be thinking about for a long time.