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The epic journey of one man's life, by one of America's most outstanding writers.
Charles Frazier grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. Cold Mountain, his highly acclaimed first novel, was an international bestseller, and won the National Book Award in 1997.
(See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/06) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
'THIRTEEN MOONS will provide the immense satisfaction of takinga literary journey of magnitude. Whether on a plane, in an office or curled in a window seat, readers who absorb Will's story will find their own lives enriched. THIRTEEN MOONS belongs to the ages.' -- LA Times 'Almost a decade since the publication of his bestseller Cold Mountain", Frazier has produced another no less-absorbing and richly textured account of America in the years leading up to and encompassing the Civil War. Frazier is adept not only at the set pieces...but also at the more intimate observations of people and places. It is this that makes his story both a powerful dramatisation of a shameful episode in American history and a compelling love story.' -- Christina Konig, The Times 'Frazier's keen observations and unforced, unsentimental depictions of animals are wonderful ... like the western it references, it's far-ranging, hard-fighting and soft-hearted.' -- Guardian 'What makes it so appealing is the voice of Will Cooper, which is potent, wry, insightful and utterly convincing ... as rich a fiction as it is an eventful one.' -- Andrew Rosenheim, Time Literary Supplement 'Its narrative has a thoroughly human scale and informs just as much as it moves and entertains' -- Frank Egerton, The Times 'The history that Frazier hauntingly unwinds through Will is as melodic as it is melancholy, but the sublime love story is the narrative's true heart.' -- Publishers Weekly 'A novel whose prose is so carefully wrought that it reads like fragments of a long poem.' -- Telegraph 'Frazier is a timeless master magician who renders the texture of the landscape, emotion and history of excruciatingly real' -- Time Out 'It is this meeting of two conflicting ideas of personal and social history that gives Thirteen Moons its great wisdom... alive with wonder and adventure. Frazier is a wonderfully sensual writer' -- Richard Godwin, Literary 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 Award-winner, 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. Simultaneous release with the Random House hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 28). (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.