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3.31 out of 53.31 out of 53.31 out of 53.31 out of 53.31 out of 5 3.31 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Frazier Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9780307966513
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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, Nightwoodsresonates with the timelessness of a great work of art.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Nightwoods is no typical thriller…Its dazzling sentences are so meticulously constructed that you find yourself rereading them, trying to unpack their magic…The unhurried, poetic suspense is both difficult to bear and impossible to shake.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Astute and compassionate…A virtuoso construction…with wickedly wry dialogue reminiscent of the best of Charles Portis, Larry Brown, and Cormac McCarthy.”

    Boston Globe

  • “His best book to date. Frazier’s exquisitely efficient style is matched by some finely tuned suspense.”

    Times (London)

  • “Frazier has taken a fast-paced genre and subverted it at every turn, offering a closer look at the nature of good and evil and how those forces ebb and flow over time.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “Fantastic…An Appalachian Gothic with a low-level fever that runs alternately warm and chilling.”

    Washington Post

  • “No writer today crafts more exquisite sentences than Charles Frazier.”

    USA Today

  • “A taut narrative of love and suspense, told against a gritty background of bootlegging and violence. The characters are rich and unforgettable, and the prose almost lyrical. This is Charles Frazier at his best…Just mention a new novel by the Cold Mountain author, and a line will start forming.”

    Booklist

  • “Think Thunder Road meets Night of the Hunter meets old murder ballads. This is a suspenseful noir nightmare, complete with bootleggers and switchblades.”

    Daily Beast

  • “The story makes the book more than worthwhile, and the writing is as good as anything Frazier has created so far…Gripping story and engaging characters.”

    Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star

  • “Engages your deep interest…The book’s ending is masterful, gratifying suspense—seekers as well as readers who like things working on many levels.”

    Asheville Citizen-Times

  • “The characters are expertly molded from the very land they inhabit, calling attention to the shallowness of the grave in which our more violent past is buried.”

    BookPage

  • A 2011 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title”, October 2011
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joni | 2/17/2014

    " Starts off well, has excellent setting and characterization. It lags in the middle and the sense of foreboding drags down the rest of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Dugan | 2/1/2014

    " This was kind of disappointing. The author wrote Cold Mountain which I loved. Some of the characters in this one were one-dimentional, some were unrealistic, like the children. Some of their actions were literally unbelievable. There were sections that seemed thrown in for no reason other than to fill space, like the visit to the Mother. What was the purpose of that? I do like his way with language, no one can turn a phrase like he does, but the story was just not there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frannie | 1/22/2014

    " Hauntingly beautiful. Makes me want to reread Cold Mountain. And wonder howw/why I missed Thirteeen Moons. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandy Hartshorn | 1/21/2014

    " COuld not put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brie | 1/18/2014

    " I am a fan of Frazier and his writing style. This is a bit of a departure form his last two books because it is in a more modern setting than around the Civil War. Still, the characters were engaging though I wish the story had been a little bit longer to fully realize certain aspects of the story-line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki Boyd | 1/16/2014

    " Fiction. Liked it. Liked when and where it took me. Always hard to read about the plight of Native Americans but worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melody | 1/9/2014

    " Charles Frazier is my new favorite author. I read Cold Mountain and really liked that book, and this book, Nightwoods: A Novel was exceptional. I listened to the audio book, narrated by Wil Patton and just could not stop listening. Between Patton's soothing velvety voice and the beautiful prose of Frazier, I was captured at page 1. I intend to read all of his books and like Cold Mountain, hope this gets made into a movie. And I hope Wil Patton gets to play Bud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Baltes | 1/7/2014

    " Beautifully written, a page-turner that's not a light read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 12/29/2013

    " I had to skim some overly descriptive passages and wasn't much into the mythical allusions, but I enjoyed it all the same. Good plotting and characterizations. With the main character, Luce, Frazier seems to be recycling his wonderful Ruby from "Cold Mountain". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 11/28/2013

    " I love how the setting in Frazier's novels becomes a character. I love that his vivid descriptions show that he is not simply FROM the earth, but OF the earth. No matter how melancholy, I always fall in love with his stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen Smith | 11/25/2013

    " Really atmospheric. The cover and the blurb are terribly misleading though. It's kind of Southern Gothic, as opposed to things-which-go-bump-in-the-night, mad monks, chained-up mad relatives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 11/2/2013

    " 3.5 stars, 4 stars in parts. I love the writing, but found the ending a bit unsatisfying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edward | 10/24/2013

    " It was a very interesting and suspenseful novel. The characters were unusual but well developed and helped create the suspense. Will Patton is terrific reading books and this one was no exception. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Toni | 8/30/2013

    " Loved his first book "Cold Mountain". Read it some years later saw the movie then read the book again. His second book was a disappointment and this book is really odd and disjointed. It was a hard read and not worth the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Inge-marie | 8/6/2013

    " I loved this bool... It details life in 1950s, and a asides of complex family relationships. The plot is not complex, but is told in an incredibly rich, atmospheric way.... Nature lives and breathes. It was gripping and hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Foisset | 5/14/2013

    " Very different than his first two books. Still has the lyrical writing but this time it is woven through a suspenseful story with dark characters. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Jakubowski | 5/4/2013

    " This is a thriller, but a slow moving one. Not a riveting page turner. It simmers like a slow cooked pot roast. All the ingredients, setting, characters, plot meld together to form a rich yet disturbing tale. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison Newman | 1/19/2013

    " Didn't exactly finish this book but my Ebook loan is about to expire. I read Cold Mountain and loved it. I enjoyed the characters in Nightwoods, but I felt like there was enough going on to drive the book. I was pretty bored with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 12/10/2012

    " Started too slowly for me, muddled characters, and just when it finally got interesting, my Kindle library lend ran out and I didnt care enough to find a way to finish it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ksnitselaar | 11/3/2012

    " Narration too cold. Bleak dark cold brutal blah. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meredith Nagy | 9/5/2012

    " There's something about Charles Frazier's writing that makes it hard for me to become absorbed in his books. This was true for this book although the plot and characters are interesting enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy E. | 9/1/2012

    " His writing is incredible. Completely different from Cold Mountain and, yet, still amazing. Brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Evenson | 8/22/2012

    " Love the way Charles Frazier writes! This story is OK, but the writing turns it into a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keets | 3/4/2012

    " Frazier's writing flows smoothly as he draws out a sad but suspenseful story of family, hurts, and quiet endings, all centered around the woods. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth Jacquay | 2/22/2012

    " Charles Frazier is a truly gifted storyteller and has an amazing way with words. This was a very satisfying and entertaining book that, I felt, had a lot of truth in it. I am definitely now a fan of the author and will be looking forward to his next novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne Lange | 11/24/2011

    " A good read but memories of Deliverance and other mountain tales kept coming to mind, making this one underwhelming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 11/7/2011

    " While the story isn't as compelling s the one he created in Cold mountain, I love Frazier's writing, and I think this one is worth the read just for that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/6/2011

    " I have been eagerly waiting for Frazier to write another book. This was not at the level of Cold Mountain but he writes so beautifully. The main character is the caretaker of a closed lake lodge in North Carolina who is taking care of her murdered sister's twins. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 11/6/2011

    " woman is raising her sisters twins after thier mother is murdered dead womens killer boyfriend is looking for the children he thinks they have money that he stole enjoyed reading this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauri | 11/3/2011

    " This is no "Cold Mountain", but I still enjoyed the characters and story. The writing style is unique, and I enjoyed the references to an Appalachian countryside and lifestyle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fran | 11/2/2011

    " I liked this book because I love Frazier's writing style. He writes beautiful and memorable prose. But it wasn't a perfect read--some characters were well-drawn, and others were stock. The story was ok and all in all enjoyable, but not stellar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caterry | 11/1/2011

    " Beautiful prose, interesting characters. Made me feel like I was in the North Carolina mountains. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 10/31/2011

    " Grim and disturbing but also slightly uplifting in parts. Fascinating, although I rarely read this type of book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barrie | 10/30/2011

    " doesn't touch his first two books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christine | 10/30/2011

    " I gave up. I was just too bored by the one dimensional characters. "

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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.
About the Narrator

Will Patton is an award–winning actor who has narrated audiobooks by such authors as Charles Frazier, Larry McMurtry, Don DeLillo, and Ernest Hemingway. He has won thirty-two AudioFile Earphones Award for his narrations. His numerous film credits include Remember the Titans, The Punisher, The Mothman Prophesies, Armageddon, and The Spitfire Grill. He starred in the TNT miniseries Into the West and on the CBS series The Agency and won Obie Awards in the theater for his performances in Fool for Love and What Did He See.