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 underlying story is a good one, but it's hidden under cumbersome layers of insignificant details. Just tell the story and stop trying to impress your creative-writing professor! The literary embellishments are over the top, making almost every sentence sound phony and forced.
I've never heard a worse narrator. Frazier's tired voice is so unbelievably monotone that it's distracting. I think he's trying to punish us for choosing to consuming his book via audio.
I listen to and read many books each month. This has to be the worst book and the worst reader I have ever listened to. My hat is off to Clint Eastwood who was able to create a Oscar nominated movie out of this book. The narrator/author reads the book with so little emotion it puts you to sleep
Some parts of the story were very interesting from a historical point of view. And the fighting scenes were great. Over all though I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. The characters were not likable. I found it hard to identify with them. The thing I disliked most about the book however was its wordiness. I found myself skipping forward to get to the good parts only to reach the disappointing ending sooner than I expected.
I listened to this book because I thought it must be good if they made a movie out of it. Not only was the reader monotonous but the book was boring. I suffered through it since I paid for it and it did have its moments, however, I have yet to see the movie.
I thought, "how could you go wrong with the #1 book ranked in the fiction section?" Before work is set off on the task to download and listen to a new book. Well i chose this one, and after about the first two hours of dreary vivid verbs that make my memmory of all books resound in my mind as trivial i think that this could have been improved by making more happen in the HERE AND NOW type of thing. This book starts in an emotional standstill with a man that cannot find himself and most likely will end in an equally unimportant area. Possibly if you are an emotionally dwelling person this might touch your soul and i could see the potential for this book, however, there was not enough action and almost no suspence was left within the first 3 chapters. The author is not a great narrator and does not emphasize anythign to the point that it deserves. Perhaps reading it or seeing the movie might help, but after this experience i doubt that will come about anytime soon.
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