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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (94,516 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Frazier Narrator: Charles Frazier Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1997 Charles Frazier’s debut novel Cold Mountain made publishing history when it sailed to the top of The New York Times best-seller list for sixty-one weeks, won numerous literary awards, including the National Book Award, and went on to sell over three million copies. Now, the beloved American epic returns, reissued by Grove Press to coincide with the publication of Frazier’s eagerly-anticipated second novel, Thirteen Moons. Sorely wounded and fatally disillusioned in the fighting at Petersburg, a Confederate soldier named Inman decides to walk back to his home in the Blue Ridge mountains to Ada, the woman he loves. 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, the intrepid Ada is trying to revive her father’s derelict farm and learning 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 odyssey, hugely powerful, majestically lovely, and keenly moving.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Cold Mountain is a heartbreakingly beautiful story, elegantly told and utterly convincing down to the last haunting detail. John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
  • This novel is so magnificent — in every conceivable aspect, and others previously unimagined — that it has occurred to me that the shadow of this book, and the joy I received in reading it, will fall over every other book I have ever read. Rick Bass
  • Lush, poetic, moving and artfully exciting—A heightened, thrilling love story—Perhaps the most eloquent writing about the awful drudgery and desperation of the Civil War since Thomas Keneally's Confederates—A great read. John Doyle, The Globe and Mail
  • Charles Frazier has taken on a daunting task — and has done extraordinarily well by it.... In prose filled with grace notes and trenchant asides, he has reset much of the Odyssey in 19-century America, near the end of the Civil War.... 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 page-turner that attains the status of literature—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
  • A rare and extraordinary book—Heart-stopping—Spellbinding. San Francisco Chronicle
  • A great read — a stirring Civil War tale told with...epic sweep...loaded with vivid historical detail. People
  • “A Whitman-esque foray into America: into its hugeness, its freshness, its scope, and its soul.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An astonishing debut…A genuinely romantic saga that attains the status of literature.”


  • “As close to a masterpiece as American writing is going to come these days.”

    Raleigh News and Observer

  • “Charles Frazier’s feeling for the Southern landscape is reverential and beautifully composed. He has written an astonishing first novel.”

    New York Review of Books

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 1997 National Book Award for Fiction
  • A 1998 Book Sense Book of the Year
  • A 1998 ALA Notable Book for Fiction
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • A 1997 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Padhmaja | 2/19/2014

    " A sad love story. Love the author's narrative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amy Marie | 2/7/2014

    " I loved this book for it's detailed descriptions. Sometimes this can bog a book down, but I felt it brought this one to life. It relaxed me to read it. I read it 15 years ago, and I can still picture the scenes in my mind. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Maria | 1/28/2014

    " I read this years ago, so I'm not sure if I would have given it 1 or 2 stars. I do remember putting the book in a get rid of box, thinking it was lame. I liked the movie; mostly because of the actors, cinematography, and the music. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carolyn Duncan | 1/27/2014

    " This is my favorite modern novel. "

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