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Nightwoods Audiobook

Nightwoods: A Novel

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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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    Pamela Harvey The Coast of Rhode Island 10-05-11
    Pamela Harvey The Coast of Rhode Island 10-05-11 Listener Since 2003

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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.

    20 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Sharey 07-12-17
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    "Written and Oral Excellence"

    I am an Audible addict and often listen to ten books a week, all genres. It is always exciting to discover a truly well-written and narrated book that startles and awakens my verve, and humbles me to the perfect orchestration of thought, word, and speech. I'm again inspired that not all entertaining media need be mundane, crass, or boisterous. The supreme beauty lies in the sublime and you'll discover it in this quiet gem of a book. 5++++++

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    Brandy 02-19-17
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    "Touching story of Rural Life"

    When I suddenly reached the end of the recording I felt such a deep sadness for its being over. I wasn't ready to leave Luce and her troubled kids.

    The writing was beautiful, the characters were well developed, the story was believable. I cannot think of one negative thing to write about this lovely book other than that it just wasn't long enough for me.

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    Jean 02-10-17
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    "Lovely"

    Such a sensitive portrait of the lives of damaged souls healing as their lives intertwine.
    Will Patton does a stellar job

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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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    Charlaine Hill Irvine, California United States 05-15-12
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    "Among the best audiobooks I've ever purchased!"

    The story is very original in it's plot and the characters are unique and interesting. But, best of all is the narration. Will Patton's performance gives perfect texture to the spirit of the story. I lost all awareness of him reading and felt like I was listening to a wonderful story teller.

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    Rebecca Montrose, NY, United States 04-07-12
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    "I loved Will Patton's narration."

    This was a great listening/reading experience. Will Patton's narration added several more layers to the already deep humanity of Charles Frazier's characters. His interpretation and understanding of the complicated emotional lives kept me engaged from beginning to end, wanting more after the last track. Really great piece of literature and performance.

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    Yvette St. Petersburg, FL, United States 03-06-12
    Yvette St. Petersburg, FL, United States 03-06-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Finally, a really great story!"
    What did you love best about Nightwoods?

    I loved Will Patton's narration and the story line was very original.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Everything! He has a terrific voice and his accent and pronounciation make the story so authentic feeling.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sanford Rosenberg Richmond, VA 01-22-12
    Sanford Rosenberg Richmond, VA 01-22-12

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    "All the narrative beauty of Cold Mountain. . ."
    If you could sum up Nightwoods in three words, what would they be?

    intriguing, interesting characters


    What about Will Patton???s performance did you like?

    Will Patton is the perfect voice for the southern, rural story.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    m williams 12-20-11
    m williams 12-20-11
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    "One of the year's best"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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