Thirteen Moons

  • by Charles Frazier
  • Narrated by Will Patton
  • 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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A fascinating, great epic tale

While different from Cold Mtn, 13 Moons is a great tale of love and honor. I listened to the last 6 hours of it virtually non-stop, I was so taken with it. It's a fascinating story of the south's Indian's (Cherokee, primarily) and pre-Civil War politics that is little heard. Contrary to the other reviewer, I thought the reader was excellent.
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- P. Bergh "There's always time for reading"

Best Novel of 2006!

Every year or so, I find a novel that so engages me that I can't put it down and feel a certain sadness as the end of the story draws near -- like knowing you will be leaving a good friend soon and you want to make the best of every remaining moment. This novel is it! You will be transported into a life well lived and a story told without unnecessary sentimentality but with the kind of passion that drives a person to make a difference. Buy this book!
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- Thomas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-22-2006
  • Publisher: Random House Audio