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Starred Review. Once in a great while, all of the elements of an audio book come together to create a near-perfect experience for the listener. Frazier's follow-up to his 1997 National Book Awardwinner, Cold Mountain, is another saga of enduring love. It's no small gift to work with great material, and Patton transforms the text into a tale that sounds as if it were meant to be read aloud. It's a story to be told by the fire over the course of a long winter, just as the narrator Will Cooper and his adoptive Cherokee father, Bear, swap yarns while they are hunkered down until the end of the snow season. Patton's voice has an unidentifiable Southern lilt, which nicely fits a novel vaguely set in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Patton makes the correct choice not to individualize each character's voice as this is so much Cooper's tale. Bluegrass melodies played by Ryan Scott and Christina Courtin enhance the production. The CDs have been thoughtfully designed, with the numbers circling each disc like a moon. This attention to detail makes for a beautiful production of a love story that listeners will not put down and will want to replay.
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Critics voiced great expectations for Thirteen Moons, coming nearly ten years after Charles Frazier's National Book Award-winning Cold Mountain (1997). Unfortunately, this second novel fails to achieve the same uniform critical acclaim. Certainly, similarities between the two books abound, including a deep appreciation for the Southern Appalachian landscape, a protagonist embarking on a life-defining odyssey, an elegiac tone, and swatches of excellent prose. Here, Frazier frames Will's story against America's transition from a frontier society into an industrial nation. Despite some praise, reviewers generally agree that Thirteen Moons is an "airier production" (New York Times), with perhaps more clichés, less convincing characterizations and relationships, and a less wieldy plot. What critics do agree on, however, is the excellent period detail and research that makes Frazier a first-rate chronicler of American history.
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
I bought this mainly for the history of this area of NC and SC where I live. It offers unique insight into the Cherokee and Indian removal, and a realistic, unapologetic and... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Bookie
Very good read. I like Charles Frazier and this one is set in Western NC and Eastern TN. The main character who is white has many interactions with the Cherokee and ultimately... Read morePublished 22 days ago by NCman
Wholly fiction, and yet a great look back at a time when life would seem slower when viewed through the lens of today. However, it was anything but slow at the time. Read morePublished 24 days ago by astiles
If you love history, you'll love this story. Some of the things amazed me, like the responsibility given to 12 year old boy, running a trading post, and working off his... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Kat Spring
I savor it. The slow pace of a remarkable 19th century voice of the southern backwoods. Written by the man who puts us in this landscape of deep wet hollers, early extinction of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Scholle
Thirteen Moons is the story of a boy of the early 1800s who is sent at age 12 to work as an apprentice at a trading post in the Cherokee Nation, which exists at that time in the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Glen Robinson
This book keep me interested from beginning to end! I highly recommend this story to history lovers and anyone looking for a great book to pass the time!!Published 2 months ago by lulu Jennings
Well written historical novel and an excellent reminder of history that we some times like to bypass.Published 3 months ago by rex knight