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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: February 2004 ISBN: 9780739314685
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One of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain is a masterpiece that is at once an enthralling adventure, a stirring love story, and a luminous evocation of a vanished American in all its savagery, solitude, and splendor.

Sorely wounded and fatally disillusioned in the fighting at Petersburg, Inman, a Confederate soldier, decides to walk back to his home in the Blue Ridge Mountains and to Ada, the woman he loved there years before. 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, Ada is trying to revive her father's derelict farm and learn 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 American Odyssey--hugely powerful, majestically lovely, and keenly moving.


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Quotes & Awards

  • “A Whitman-esque foray into America: into its hugeness, its freshness, its scope, and its soul.”

    New York Times Book Review

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

    Newsweek

  • “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 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 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 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 Carolyn Duncan | 1/27/2014

    " This is my favorite modern novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 1/27/2014

    " I'm a sucker for a blue cover "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Symmons | 1/24/2014

    " Having received this as a gift when it was first published I took it on business trip not sure what to make of it. After a few pages I was hooked. Frazier has some unconventional traits in his writing which may have kept this from the "Big six" but his characters; elegant, often moving descriptions of relationships in the romantic, familial and friendship areas' and his dedication to detail in the vivid descriptions of civil war battles scenes make this a novel worthy of reading for anyone interested in the Civil War. Frazier does an exemplary job of the battle scenes, but perhaps shines most in his descriptions and examinations of the home front where conflict, angst and tension were more subtle but often more evident than at the front. A definire recommended "to read" for those who enjoy romance and Civil War history set in an out of the way locale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pointypartyhat | 1/20/2014

    " I had this book for years before I finally read it. It took me a half an hour to recover after I was finished. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hillary | 1/16/2014

    " Ok.... I gave it my best, twice. The description is up my alley so to speak. However, I could not get into this book. It may be the timing. On this note, I did enjoyed the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 12/23/2013

    " A compelling story about how war (in Frazier's story the Civil War) effects everyone! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 12/14/2013

    " This book was thought provoking and disturbing at the same time. It reminded me of The Odyssey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla Smith | 12/2/2013

    " It's beautiful and haunting and leaves a kind of hopeful sadness in your soul. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jiill | 10/31/2013

    " Super boring. AWful read. Very hard to get through "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Breeann Kirby | 8/16/2013

    " Wonderful prose. Great discussion of place, loss, redemption, and love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Verna Humphrey | 8/1/2013

    " Really like this ,the location it's set in is pretty. Nice also "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Campbell | 2/28/2013

    " So much better than the movie, which concentrates on the romantic involvement between two characters. In the book, the romance is only a part of the survival story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerry | 2/13/2013

    " Very good book . Author did a good job of keeping thing moving "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Boyette | 9/15/2012

    " It was a bit slow at first, but that's my only complaint. Beautifully written. It's one of those books that you are glad aren't short so you can savor it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 8/4/2012

    " Uh, Nicole Kidman was not Ada, Renee Zellweger was not Ruby, and this book puts the movie by the same title to shame. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Babs | 12/29/2011

    " Loved it. North Carolina, Civil War historical fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy Bartel | 11/20/2011

    " I really like this authors writing style. He wrote a very unique adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 9/20/2011

    " In spite of a wholly unsatisfactory ending, a lyrical story about war and people and what they endure. Set during the Civil War, it tells the tale of Ada and Ruby and Inman in 1864. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 6/29/2011

    " Boring. Boring, boring boring. I have this thing where I have to finish a book once I start it, or else I would have just stopped reading this one in the middle. So finishing it was like a chore and the ending was not worth the slog. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 6/28/2011

    " A very well written tale of a fictional legend in the time before and after the Civil War. I listened to this on audio. The reader was good, but the book droned on too long. A shorter version would have gotten 4 stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 6/7/2011

    " I know this book was an award winner so some people obviously liked it. However, I could not finish it. The main reason was the lack of quotation marks. It seemed like the lack of those made everything just run together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Friendofcash | 6/4/2011

    " What an excellent adventure! Glad I got to know Will. I'll cherish him a long time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 5/27/2011

    " Interesting story about the removal of the Cherokee from the Carolinas.
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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marilou | 5/25/2011

    " Sorry. I liked Cold Mountain, but I only got through about a third of this one. Life is too short to be bored out of my mind. Started out a little like Lonesome Dove, which I loved, so I had high hopes, but they were quickly dashed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francis | 5/22/2011

    " download from the jax public library(overdrive)and enjoy it very much. It seems this book is for the men and the Cold Mountain book is for the woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 5/12/2011

    " I loved this. It's a well-researched look at an often misunderstood world. I cried so much while reading it that Josh threatened to confiscate it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio Book. The story of William Cooper who was sold as an indentured servant by his aunt and uncle when he was 12 to run a trading post on the Cherokee Nation. He becomes a member of the Cherokee Nation and buys the trading post after the owner encount "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 5/5/2011

    " This book is one of my most favorite reads. This author weaves an amazing tapestry of words. He hooks you and puts you in a trance of sorts. You can picture his story in your head to every last detail. Amazing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tyler | 5/1/2011

    " This is my favorite book! I read it several times a year and love it more each time. "

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About the Author
Author Charles FrazierCharles Frazier has taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder and at North Carolina State University.  He lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter, where they raise horses.