National Book Award, Fiction, 1997One of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain is a masterpiece that is at once an enthralling adventure, a stirring love story, and a luminous evocation of a vanished America in all its savagery, solitude, and splendor.
Sorely wounded and fatally disillusioned in the fighting at Petersburg, Inman, a Confederate soldier, decides to walk back to his home in the Blue Ridge Mountains and to Ada, the woman he loved three years before. His trek across the disintegrating South brings him into intimate and sometimes lethal converse with slaves and marauders, bounty hunters and witches, both helpful and malign. At the same time, Ada is trying to revive her father's derelict farm and learn to survive in a world where the old certainties have been swept away. As it interweaves their stories, Cold Mountain asserts itself as an authentic American Odyssey: hugely powerful, majestically lovely, and keenly moving.
Winner of the 1997 National Book Award.
©1997 Charles Frazier; (P)1998 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"Charles Frazier delivers a soulful reading of his novel....His writing reveals the fluidity of a storyteller, and the audiobook becomes a natural extension of his skill." (AudioFile)
"Charles Frazier has taken on a daunting task, and has done extraordinarily well by it....A Whitmanesque foray into America; into its hugeness, its freshness, its scope and its soul. Such a memorable book." (The New York Times Book Review)
"A rare and extraordinary book....Heart-stopping....Spellbinding." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Novelists are never in short supply. Natural-born storytellers come along only rarely. Charles Frazier joins the ranks of that elite cadre on the first page of his astonishing debut." (Newsweek)
The worldview portrayed in this book is just too fatalistic and hopeless. But the writing is excellent. Most of it deserves five stars, but that one aspect spoiled it for me.
I had to read this book for school. I had just bought an ipod so I said what the hell? I'll try this. I was amazed at how easy it was to get through the book. The only thing I have to say is that It won't help you read in a noisy place. His voice gets a little hard to hear in noisy areas. The beginning is a little slow moving and his voice is monotonous, but after you get a little bit into the book, his reading gets better.
Overall though I would recommend this to a student who has to read this for school. It is a great way to read this rather long book with a busy schedule.
Charles Frazier's narration kills this: flat, unemotional, monotonous even when the story itself is fast and exciting. I couldn't finish it as an audio; but it sounds like a great book. Too dull for drive-time.
For the first time, I found an audio book I couldn't bear to finish. I can tell the book is beautifully written, but I can't listen to the author's auto-reading. Some people were born to write, and some born to speak. Charles Frasier wrote a gorgeous book, but I had to think of the movie to connect the dots in the audiobook, because I kept losing my thoughts in the monotone, dull style.
Not the best book I have ever listened to, but pretty good. The author narrates the book, which I generally find to be a very good thing, and he does a wonderful job. It can get a bit long in some places, but for the most part, it is a good story. The characters are deep and interesting and the plot is rather good, too. Lots of imagery and descriptions.
Old Fart 1960 (some day....)
The story is so well written, I was taken to every place the author wanted me. This story may not be for everyone, but being read by the author, with his slight accent, makes for a great listen. I could not wait to get to the end of this story. If only Charles Fraser would write another book.
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