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3.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 5 3.63 (40 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: October 2006 ISBN: 9780739301975
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This magnificent novel by one of America’s finest writers is the epic of one man’s remarkable journey, set in nineteenth-century America against the background of a vanishing people and a rich way of life.

At the age of twelve, under the Wind moon, Will is given a horse, a key, and a map, and sent alone into the Indian Nation to run a trading post as a bound boy. It is during this time that he grows into a man, learning, as he does, of the raw power it takes to create a life, to find a home. In a card game with a white Indian named Featherstone, Will wins – for a brief moment – a mysterious girl named Claire, and his passion and desire for her spans this novel. As Will’s destiny intertwines with the fate of the Cherokee Indians – including a Cherokee Chief named Bear – he learns how to fight and survive in the face of both nature and men, and eventually, under the Corn Tassel Moon, Will begins the fight against Washington City to preserve the Cherokee’s homeland and culture. And he will come to know the truth behind his belief that “only desire trumps time.” 

Brilliantly imagined, written with great power and beauty by a master of American fiction, Thirteen Moons is a stunning novel about a man’s passion for a woman, and how loss, longing and love can shape a man’s destiny over the many moons of a life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Gorgeous…Thirteen Moons calls Cold Mountain to mind in its wonder at the natural world; its pacificist undercurrents; its dismay at the dismantling of what matters, and its convication that one love, no matter how tortured and inexplicable, can be life-defining…fascinating…vivid and alive. Newsweek
  • Thirteen Moons brings this vanished world thrillingly to life… One of the great Native American, and American stories, and a great gift to all of us, from one of our very best writers. Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • There are things so masterful words can’t do them justice. Frazier’s writing falls in that category…With Thirteen Moons, he’s doing important work filling in the gaps, helping restore the roots, of our knowledge of our own history. Asheville Citizen-Times
  • Fascinating…Reading Thirteen Moons is an intoxicating experience…This is 21st-century literary fiction at its very best. BookPage
  • Thirteen Moons is rare in many ways and occupies a literary plane of such height that reviewing it is not really salient….Thirteen Moons has the power to inspire great performances from succeeding generations of writers….For those who simply value the literary experience, Thirteen Moons will provide the immense satisfaction of taking a 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. Los Angeles Times
  • Magical…the history lesson in Thirteen Moons is fascinating and moving…You will find much to admire and savor in Thirteen Moons. USA Today
  • "To Charles Frazier, words are playthings. Like very few other contemporary American novelists, he puts them together in such a way that they can transform an otherwise mundane moment, scene or conversation into one that is transcendent….No sophomore jinx here. Reading a Frazier novel is like listening to a fine symphony. He's a maestro whose pen is his baton, beckoning the best that each sentence has to offer. And just as you wouldn't rush a conductor, you should take the time to savor Frazier’s work, to take in each thought, to relish the turn of phrase or the imagery of a craftsman. Denver Post
  • "Two for two…Here is a book brimming with vivid, adventurous incident…Charles Frazier set himself a daunting challenge with this book. He set out to write a historical novel that was retrospective and meditative, yet still vibrant and immediate with life. Thirteen Moons succeeds in classy fashion. Raleigh News & Observer
  • "If current fiction is anything to go by, it’s hard for a novelist to make Santayana's puzzle pieces - lyricism, comedy, tragedy - fit together, as they do in real life and real history. Frazier has done it…Thirteen Moons makes you feel that change that happened so long before our own time, and makes you mourn it. Newsday
  • "Thirteen Moons is a fitting successor to Cold Mountain…fans of Frazier's debut will be cheered to discover that the new book is another compulsively readable work of historical fiction. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • "If there is any doubt that Frazier is an incredibly gifted storyteller - and not just a lucky name or a one-hit wonder - it will be put to rest with the publication of Thirteen Moons. Within 10 pages, this long-awaited new novel bears the reader swiftly out of the waking world into its own imagined universe like nothing else published this year. Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • "Forget the sophomore jinx. Frazier demonstrates that Cold Mountain was no one-hit wonder with this fully realized historical novel again set in the South….Again, Frazier shows himself a master of landscape and language, both often fresh and surprising in his telling. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • "Thirteen Moons contains achingly beautiful passages of snowfalls, fog-wrapped rivers and moonlit forests. There are ribald and hilarious events, too, including a description of the Cherokee Booger Dance that is a masterpiece of satire. The love affair between Cooper and Claire threads its way through this pseudo-historic epic like a brilliant, scarlet ribbon. There is also a melancholy refrain that celebrates a wondrous time and place that is gone and will never return. Smoky Mountain News
  • "Fiction of the highest order…Another indelible character. Charles Frazier has a knack for them. Charlotte Observer
  • "What a story!... Frazier's creation, Will Cooper, is utterly charismatic….Frazier's genius lies in his ability to convey emotions that feel pure and genuine…It was worth the wait. Dayton Daily News
  • Verdict: A powerhouse second act….a brilliant success…Frazier's second act should convince everyone that he's here to stay. It is a powerful, dramatic, often surprising and memorable novel. Atlanta Journal Constitution
  • "Thirteen Moons is a boisterous, confident novel that draws from the epic tradition... Frazier is a natural storyteller, and throughout his picaresque tale are grand themes and eulogies Boston Globe
  • "Warm hearted…Frazier is a remarkably meticulous and tasteful writer… Thirteen Moons is a worthy successor to the first novel and a highly readable book. Seattle Times

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gael Hannan | 2/12/2014

    " I liked this far better than Cold Mountain. I cared about Will and although I despaired of the non-linear narrative at times, I loved the writing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hally | 2/6/2014

    " This was an excellent story and I loved the narration. Another audio book that I would enjoy reading also. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Davis | 2/4/2014

    " Better than Cold Mountain. It is on my re-read list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marvin | 2/2/2014

    " Frazier is a magnificent storyteller, as Cold Mountain proved (though somehow I never managed to read it before--or after--the movie came out). Here he tells the stories and story of a 14-year-old orphan who's sent out to the frontier on the edge of the Cherokee Nation to manage a trading post. He's adopted by the chief of a small band of Cherokee separate from the Nation. As he buys up land and trading posts and becomes a lawyer, he succeeds in saving this band from being forced off their land and sent west along the Trail of Tears. There are lots of good stories & the larger story is one that I would have expected to have a lot of appeal for me, but somehow it never consolidated its appeal as much as it seems like it should have. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 patricia | 1/24/2014

    " Great telling of the settlement of the Smokies by whites and uprooting of the indigenous Cherokees. One criticism is the neglect of African American characters in the tale, and the narrator's role as a slave owner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann-marie | 1/18/2014

    " Wonderful story takes place in the Smokey Mountains, told in first person with beautiful language.I savored this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Will2 | 1/17/2014

    " As his first novel is probably my number one, I was disappointed by this in which the main love interest is never developed and so any force the novel could have developed was lost right there. And the style which seemed appropriate and fresh in his first seemed ineffectual in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 1/13/2014

    " Such a gentle book. Loved the relationships and setting. Perfect for night reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Coons | 1/12/2014

    " So far this book is amazing. The prose style is lyrical and descriptive, very evocative of place...but more as a metaphor than any specific geographic area. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carol | 1/8/2014

    " Couldn't get into this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 1/6/2014

    " Story line with Indian history interesting. Love story-white/Indian . Gruff/crude main character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamestowncircle | 12/27/2013

    " Stunningly good. The attention to detail (as well as all the historical research that Charles Frazier had to have done) is truly amazing. I knew this is a great author before I was even done with the first paragraph. And I love books with such insight into human nature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisa Free | 12/17/2013

    " Beautiful language, but was a bit slow. Loved the historical references. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marjorie | 12/15/2013

    " This book was very slow. It was like mini little stories. Couldn't finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Anne | 11/28/2013

    " This book is not one I would recommend. Why I stuck with it, I can't say. Perhaps I was hoping for something interesting to happen. Alas, it was a plotless narrative. Oh well, here's to better reading in 2008! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexis | 11/27/2013

    " I just didn't want it to end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David Parnell | 11/25/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janie Grunwald | 10/12/2013

    " Excellent audio book. Charles Frazier is first rate - learned a lot of history too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bulent | 8/12/2013

    " adventurous, thought-provoking fun reading. it takes you back to the time when everything was real simple and you didnt have to think much to solve a problem or not think at all, just do "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jude Garratt | 7/19/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down. I would highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennb33 Brown | 5/12/2013

    " Am loving this book. It's gorgeous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kani | 2/26/2013

    " so far so good! wonderful! i love this guy's writing. his physical description, as well as historical accuracy, makes for a great read~ "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Earle | 2/15/2013

    " I read it so I guess I must have liked something about it, certainly the protagonist had a lot to say. On the other hand, it was on the brink of being put down, what does that say about me? I liked it better than Cold Mountain, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 10/12/2012

    " historical fiction with a similar feel to his first book, Cold Mountain. While he can ramble, the feel is very down-homey. It is a little long, but the characters are well formed and compelling. I especially liked the historical part as it relates to the Trail of Tears and the Cherokee Nation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judie | 8/13/2012

    " Loved this book, and I hated Cold Mountain!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie | 6/28/2012

    " Good, but definitely not as good as Cold Mountain. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenda Hymas | 1/29/2012

    " I really like the way Charles Frazier writes. I just never came to like the main character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kari | 11/25/2011

    " Okay so I never finished it. I've moved on. For now anyways. I'll pick it back up and finish at some point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh mcdaniel | 8/8/2011

    " the best book i have read in 2008! "

  • 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.
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.