• Thirteen Moons

  • A Novel
  • By: Charles Frazier
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This magnificent novel by one of America's finest writers is the epic of one man's remarkable journey, set in 19th-century America against the background of a vanishing people and a rich way of life.

At the age of 12, 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 man. Eventually, under the Corn Tassel Moon, Will begins the fight against Washington to preserve the Cherokee's homeland and culture. And he comes 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.

Don't miss Charles Frazier's debut novel, Cold Mountain.
©2006 3 Crows Corporation (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A bountiful literary panorama....The history that Frazier hauntingly unwinds through Will is as melodic as it is melancholy, but the sublime love story is the narrative's true heart." (Publishers Weekly)

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Nothing worth remembering

Struggle to finish. Nothing truly exciting, just references to main character life. Performance was good, the story line was 💤 😴.

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Great performance!

I will listen to ANYTHING Will Patton performs! A true actor on page.
The book was so charming and sad too.

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A River of a Story

There's no actual river featured in this story; the story itself flows just like that - medium narrow mostly smooth. The writing is a steady stream of reflective and beautiful. The narration is fittingly soft, hushed, and gravelly.