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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,037 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Frazier Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2006 ISBN: 9780739301968
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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

  • 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
  • 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
  • "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
  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hendo | 2/3/2014

    " Poor resolution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katharine | 2/1/2014

    " Charles Frazier is a wonderful storyteller, but this book lost steam after a while. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor S. | 2/1/2014

    " One of the most beautiful books I have ever read - tragically beautiful because of a lost era in our country, a lost mindset, a lost self-reliance that Frazier conveys in this book. Definitely for an old soul. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Pribus | 1/31/2014

    " I liked this, but it was no COLD MOUNTAIN. Interesting, but not particularly memorable historical novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila Woofter | 1/31/2014

    " Interesting enough, but I could put it down at any time without angst. Do need to check out some historical events I didn't know about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary N | 1/27/2014

    " Didn't like this near as much as Cold Mountain. However, Frasier's writing is wonderful. I just didn't feel like there was any resolution and I was really waiting for that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara Stephens | 1/26/2014

    " Loved the historical aspect of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennb33 Brown | 1/23/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Excalibur2099 | 1/18/2014

    " I liked the first third a great deal, but the rest of it just dragged on and bored me. But I sometimes still think about the first part. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Due | 1/16/2014

    " Love the details of the setting... thoughts of the characters... harshness of the times... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Davis | 12/27/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten McKeown | 12/7/2013

    " The book started out well... a kind of Dickens/Great Expectations slant with the love story, mixed with James Fenimore Cooper. The ending was rushed, and I felt like the story could have ended earlier. However, he's a great descriptive writer. He must have written poetry before turning to fiction? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Freddy | 12/5/2013

    " Hard to match Cold Mountain - but definitely worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toni | 12/3/2013

    " another wonderful adventure by this author. Again, the historical references were very moving and helped the story move quickly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mom | 8/29/2013

    " so far fair to middlin "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon G | 5/22/2013

    " Since I was a big fan of Cold Mountain, I had pretty high expectations for this novel which is also set in Pre-civil war Appalachia. I enjoyed it for the most part, but after awhile I tired of the main character. He wasn't Inman I guess. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 2/4/2013

    " I enjoyed this - he is a wonderful composer of words and the characters are vivid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mattit | 11/26/2012

    " Good story, but was it ever loooong. There were MANY slow parts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth Farley | 11/6/2012

    " very disappointing follow-up to Cold Mountain! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 10/6/2012

    " I LOVED Cold Mountain, so I was so excited to read Frazier's second novel. Sadly, I was rather disappointed. If you like Twain, you might like Thirteen Moons; it has a lilting quality full of hyperbole, local legend, lore and tall tales. It just wasn't for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nanette | 7/10/2012

    " This book is a work of fiction, but as you read it you cannot help but wonder. A story of the Cherokee Nation that will keep you turning the page and wondering. A beautiful story of love and caring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janie Grunwald | 5/21/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/23/2012

    " I absolutely loved Cold Mountain, so I was excited to read this one. Frazier's beautiful writing was still in there, but the narrative was a bit rambling and the characters a bit obscure. I was disappointed, but it still merits three starts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizzie | 12/9/2011

    " This book was a bit slower than I thought it would be, but I loved the descriptions of Native Americans and the surrounding wildnerness. I was so engrossed in the love story, and it ultimately disappointed me a bit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 10/23/2011

    " I find myself thinking about this book even though it has been months since I read it. This story taught me to never give up despite set backs. Life goes on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pamela | 10/10/2011

    " Loved and have reread Cold Mountain--did not enjoy this one. "

  • 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.