I think this will be one to go to the top of my favorites list. The characters while appearing simple in their ways of life, are so relatable. The author does a great job of bringing them to life. The performance was one of my favorites parts! Im not so sure reading this book would be as enjoyable as listening to it.
intriguing, interesting characters
Will Patton is the perfect voice for the southern, rural story.
Charles Frazier, James Lee Burke, and Pat Conroy are so similar in narrative style--beautiful descriptive writing that allows you to completely visualize the surroundings,but never boringly so. Gorgeous writing, really, as in this book. And plenty of unusual characters and small-town, backwoods eccentricities. Kept getting better, and a more satisfying culmination than the Cold Mountain shocker.
Amazing story and performance. I couldn't stop listening--stayed up into the wee hours to finish the book. For those who think this couldn't have happened in the 1960s, we need to remember that there were tremendous regional differences, and local oppression was rampant in those years. The Civil Rights Act did more than ameliorate racism, and the War on Poverty did more than redistribute income. This story is not just a page-turning thriller, but it is also a compelling sociological examination of small town relations in the era before federal standards of justice were introduced.
This was clearly a story written by a man about a woman, and about children, and about a violent man, very ably read by Will Patton. I have loved Patton's reading of James Lee Burke's books, and he's even better here. What is remarkable about his reading is his ability to subtly shift the voice so you know who is being centered as the story progresses--Luce, the children, Bud, Stubblefield. Frazier, through Patton, takes us into the lives of the major characters, and we gain new eyes each time he shifts the scene.
I loved this book. There is a magical quality about it. I'm not sure I can bear to listen to it again, not for a while, but I'm so glad I did give away a night to it.
Nightwoods was the first Charles Frazier book for me, but it definitely will not be the last. I selected it because of Will Patton. To me the reader is just as important as the book. Will Patton has never disappointed me and he truly made this story come to life. I suspect he does not read anything he does not believe in.
The characters in this novel are not always loveable people, but they are very believable. Luce, Stubblefield, the twins (Delores & Frank), Mattie, Lit, and Bud with bumps, bruises, and baggage, are vivid and memorable.
Bottom line, if you are looking for a compelling story, performed by a great reader, your credit will be well spent here!
I am a bibliophile...just love, love, love books! I love many different genres and authors. Fav's Harlan Coben, Chas.Frazier, and others.
I couldn't wait to listen to this book. I loved Cold Mountain and Thirteen Moons. Nightwoods was of course written with mastery of language, Frazier is an artist with words. I never was able feel for the characters. The story just didn't reel me in. It felt like it was written in the time period of the 30's not the 60's. Didn't hate it, didn't love it.
I've only read his books, have never listened to one before.
Will Patton did a nice job narrating. I didn't get a good feel for Luce's parts though. He was better with the male parts of the novel.
One of my top favorite books of all time is: Cold Mountain
This author evokes images so clear you could almost swear your own senses were involved. The characters are interesting and revealed gradually. The narrator's laid-back and entirely charming drawl was perfect. This beautifully narrated little mystery was a delightful surprise. I loved it!
A better story would have helped a LOT.
started getting 'into' the story at the end.
Say something about yourself!
The story was engaging from the beginning. Great job narrating also.
I've listened to one other book narrated by will Patton. I greatly enjoyed both.
Charles Frazier is one of my favorite authors. Nightwoods was good start to finish. I could listen to it again, it is so well written. I look forward to his future works. Bravo!
It kept me on the edge of my seat.
A lovely story, beautifully told. I'd be hard pressed to say whether I liked this story better than Frazier's others, but it certainly is right up there. Incredible use of language, fully realized by Will Patton's narration.