Cold Mountain (Unabridged)
by Charles Frazier
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National Book Award, Fiction, 1997 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 America 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 three 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. Winner of the 1997 National Book Award.
all time favorite
This book and the audio version especially are my all-time favorite. His voice at first seems flat but soon gives way to a methodical rhythm where the story and words become more and more alive. This book points towards a way of living that few modern people know. There is a deep earth based wisdom that holds the more surface and hollywood portion of the love story. If you want entertainment rent the movie, if you want depth and connection listen to this book.
Cold Mountain deserves a better narrator
I love audiobooks about almost anything. With this particular one, I have read the book and seen the movie so I expected a decent audiobook. I was sadly disappointed. I am sure the words are great and the novel is one of my favorites but the author deciding to do the narrating was a huge mistake in my opinion. It is so hard to listen to I feel I have wasted nearly 30$. The tone of his voice never changes and it makes it unbearable to listen to. I listen to all types of audiobooks and I have never written a review but on this one I had to warn any potential buyers that the reading of this book will put you to sleep at best and make you feel like you wasted money. I so wish a person with experience in reading audiobooks had done the narrating because this is a disaster. I love the book and I am glad the book exists but I am very sad that I can't even listen to 15 minutes of the audio version. It does well when reading audiobooks to show some inflection in your voice and dare I say some emotion. This is a very very flat reading that is just unbearable. It leaves me feeling a bit cheated and also I am not sure how many stars to give it since I know the book is good but the reading is bad. So, I give 3 stars simply because it is a great novel.
I cannot believe anyone would write to complain about the author's voice in this recording. It was my favorite thing about this book. I have read the hard book and then listened to the audio recording, the author's southern accent make this book a beautiful melody that is read exactly the way he meant it to be heard. A wonderful, touching story about perseverance and a different way of life. One of my top 5 favorite books.