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Nightwoods Audiobook

Nightwoods: A Novel

Charles Frazier puts his remarkable gifts in the service of a lean, taut narrative while losing none of the transcendent prose, virtuosic storytelling, and insight into human nature that have made him one of the most beloved and celebrated authors in the world. Now, with his brilliant portrait of Luce, a young woman who inherits her murdered sister’s troubled twins, Frazier has created his most memorable heroine. Before the children, Luce was content with the reimbursements of the rich Appalachian landscape....
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Publisher's Summary

The extraordinary author of Cold Mountain and Thirteen Moons returns with a dazzling new novel of suspense and love set in small-town North Carolina in the early 1960s.

Charles Frazier puts his remarkable gifts in the service of a lean, taut narrative while losing none of the transcendent prose, virtuosic storytelling, and insight into human nature that have made him one of the most beloved and celebrated authors in the world. Now, with his brilliant portrait of Luce, a young woman who inherits her murdered sister’s troubled twins, Frazier has created his most memorable heroine.

Before the children, Luce was content with the reimbursements of the rich Appalachian landscape, choosing to live apart from the small community around her. But the coming of the children changes everything, cracking open her solitary life in difficult, hopeful, dangerous ways.

Charles Frazier is known for his historical literary odysseys, and for making figures in the past come vividly to life. Set in the twentieth century, Nightwoods resonates with the timelessness of a great work of art.

From the Hardcover edition.

©2011 Charles Frazier (P)2011 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

PRAISE FOR CHARLES FRAZIER: “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 on Cold Mountain)

“Prose filled with grace notes and trenchant asides ... 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 on Cold Mountain)

“Frazier works on an epic scale, but his genius is in the details - he has a scholar’s command of the physical realities of early America and a novelist’s gift for bringing them to life.” (Time on Thirteen Moon)

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    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 10-05-11
    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 10-05-11 Member Since 2016

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    "Disappointing"

    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.

    18 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    eddie 10-10-11
    eddie 10-10-11
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    "Another great novel by Charles Frazier"

    Great characters, plot and setting. Wouldn't be surprised if this novel makes it to the "silver screen" very soon.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Brewer 05-04-16 Member Since 2012
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    "one of the best ever"

    The subtle development of the story combine with Will Patton's (usual) pitch perfect narration. Feels like I'm right there in the story. Makes me want to go find those mountains and the folks who live in them.

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    Roxi 07-17-15
    Roxi 07-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Intriguing"

    This story pulls you in right from the beginning. Charles Frazier builds his characters with depth and much introspection into life and shows us how resilient we are in the the face of circumstances we have no control over and turns the story into a mystery story.

    Another awesome narration by Will Patton...a must listen to book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Taylor Dallas, TX 05-10-15
    Richard Taylor Dallas, TX 05-10-15 Member Since 2003
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    "Beautifully written, not much plot"
    If you could sum up Nightwoods in three words, what would they be?

    Beautifully written imagery


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Like everything read by Will Patton, Nightwoods sounds lovely and poetic. Of course he picks wonderfully written works, as this novel is. But, then again, I was thoroughly impressed at the gravity and drama in his reading of the credits at the end! Wow! I don't doubt Will Patton could instill rapt attention reading the phone book.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book for character and lovely descriptions, but don't expect a great resolution.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RNT Memphis, TN USA 03-17-15
    RNT Memphis, TN USA 03-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "a rare 5 stars"

    This is a wonderful story, beautifully read. The characters are engaging and the plot is exciting.

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    Marni Gable 02-02-15
    Marni Gable 02-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I'll listen to anything narrated by Will Patton."

    Story was intriguing, but the ending petered out... I really love these books but I'm left wanting answers. If I'm supposed to use my imagination, why buy a book at all?

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    loralou 05-29-14
    loralou 05-29-14

    Mother of teenaged bear, Wife to chaos, Warrior

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    "I need a campfire"

    I loved this story it was believable and sweet. The ending was enough and it all work out

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    Nancy Reeves 04-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved Cold Mountain? You'll like this, too."
    Where does Nightwoods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Will Patton does an excellent job of transporting you to the Ozarks. The narrator frequently makes, or breaks, the book. You won't be disappointed with the time you spend listening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Nightwoods?

    Don't want to do any spoilers, so I'll just say some relationships and many actions come as a big surprise.


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    Steve MOBILE, AL, United States 01-01-14
    Steve MOBILE, AL, United States 01-01-14

    Inside the mind is like jumping into heaven or hell, whenever the wayfarer sees fit.

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    "So slow"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More dialogue for a performer in the caliber of Will Patton. Very slow and way overboard on the descriptive narrative of the the story. I'm sure Will must have wanted to doze off during that reading.


    What could Charles Frazier have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Add some dialogue and points that the reader can sustain the interest.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Will Patton is outstanding, and made the book bearable.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


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