Cold Mountain

  • by Charles Frazier
  • Narrated by Charles Frazier
  • 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"Charles Frazier delivers a soulful reading of his novel....His writing reveals the fluidity of a storyteller, and the audiobook becomes a natural extension of his skill." (AudioFile)
"Charles Frazier has taken on a daunting task, and has done extraordinarily well by it....A Whitmanesque foray into America; into its hugeness, its freshness, its scope and its soul. Such a memorable book." (The New York Times Book Review)
"A rare and extraordinary book....Heart-stopping....Spellbinding." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Novelists are never in short supply. Natural-born storytellers come along only rarely. Charles Frazier joins the ranks of that elite cadre on the first page of his astonishing debut." (Newsweek)


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Cold Mountain (Unabridged)

It has been at least two years since I listened to this book, but I am still moved by my memories of it. To be honest, as a fast moving Yankee, I found the narration by Charles Frasier to be almost painful in its slow moving pace. However, after giving it some time, I realized that there was no better reader for this novel. Mr. Frasier is a Southerner, and his rendition puts the reader into the genuine feel of the time and emotion of the novel. I wept, rejoiced, and was swept away by the story. I have actually delayed my viewing of the film based on the novel b/c I feel it can only dissappoint. As it has several Oscar nominatons, I probably should get over this feeling, but it IS a novel that will remain in your heart and memory.
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- M. Dunn

Cold what?

Seemed like this was a really good book. The bits I heard, that is! Charles Frazier writes beautifully. Unfortunately, he "mumbles" more than "reads," does that in a monotone voice, and often mispronounces words. It was nigh impossible to tell when locations and characters changed, which they did on a regular basis. Perhaps, when listening to this book for the specific purpose of reviewing, in an otherwise silent environment, and giving it your total concentration, it is possible to make out more of the words. But most audible listeners listen while doing other things; otherwise they'd have time to read the book!
Such a shame! There are so many excellent readers out there, that could have read this excellent book.
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- Shannon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-02-2004
  • Publisher: Random House Audio