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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,928 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:
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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.”


  • “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.”


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Brandy Hartshorn | 1/21/2014

    " COuld not put it down! "

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