12 cassettes / approx. 15 hoursUNABRIDGEDRead by the Author, Charles Frazier"A rare and extraordinary book . . . heart-stopping . . . spellbinding." --San Francisco ChronicleCharles 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 American in all its savagery, solitude, and splendor.Based on local history and family stories passed down by the author's great-grandfather, Cold Mountain is the tale of Inman, a wounded Confederate soldier who walks away from the ravages of the Civil War and back home to Ada, his prewar sweetheart. Inman's odyssey through the devastated landscape of the soon-to-be-defeated South interweaves with Ada's struggle to revive her father's farm. As their long-separated lives begin to converge at the close of the war, Inman and Ada must confront the vastly transformed world they've been delivered.Read by the author, Cold Mountain asserts itself as an authentic American Odyssey--powerful, majestically lovely, and keenly moving.