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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Fenimore Cooper Narrator: Raymond Todd Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Leatherstocking Tales Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455178476
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Set during the French and Indian Wars, The Deerslayer vividly captures the violence and rugged beauty of the American frontier. In the wilds of New York, where tensions rage between tribal Indians and white pioneers, a white hunter known as Deerslayer is initiated into the moral codes of wilderness society. When he and his loyal Mohican friend attempt the daring rescue of an Indian maiden, they are caught in the crossfire between a cunning enemy and two merciless white bounty hunters who kill for profit.

A fine combination of romance, adventure, and morality, this classic novel is an eloquent beginning for Cooper's great wilderness saga, the Leatherstocking Tales—and an unforgettable introduction to the famous character who has been said to embody the conscience of America: the noble woodsman Deerslayer.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “James Fenimore Cooper was the first great American novelist.”

    A. B. Guthrie

  • “Cooper is the greatest artist in the domain of romantic fiction in America.”

    Wilkie Collins

  • “How did they sound—the people who, long ago, lived at or beyond the edge of the settled world? Raymond Todd answers this question as well as an audio performer can: by varying accents, pace, and inflection to convey both character types and individuals like Natty Bumpo and Chingachgook. The results are plausible and entertaining.”

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  • “Packed with vivid description of action and locale, romance and yearning. Todd’s voice is extraordinary, rich and deep. We hear the personality of the characters, with all of their earnestness, shaped by awareness of their stations in life.”

    Kliatt

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina T. | 2/15/2014

    " I admit, I did not read this book with the intention of deeper meanings. With that said I quite enjoyed this book as Cooper writes a simple story filled with details, and knowledge of frontier life. This is not the ACTION frontier, but seemingly more realistic where the heroes are great but not without faults, the enemies are both horrid and kind, and there is a wide range of characters. A good read for anyone who enjoys a realistic image of frontier living. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Belinda | 2/1/2014

    " I hate you for all those hours of my life I'll never get back, James Fenimore Cooper. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Josh | 1/27/2014

    " Outdated, and more than a little racist. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 stuart | 1/25/2014

    " Okay, in the end, I was glad I read it, but #$%@! did his writing annoy me. JFC's a great story teller and the characters and lore of the leather-stocking tales keeps your interest, but it's about 700 pages longer than the story warrants, proof that there must not have been any quality editors on the frontier. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis7401 | 1/24/2014

    " Deerslayer (Hawkeye) was a touch to altruistic and unbelievable as a character, for my tastes. As an adventure story, it is only ok because the plot sort of repeats itself. Basically, the same set of events are played out 2-3 times, and this gets old. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John | 1/22/2014

    " Only read 80 pages and they were brutal, because of the writing - not from the scalpings in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Huw Evans | 1/20/2014

    " I had forgotten how dense and prosaic the style of writing was and felt that I was wading through the American undergrowth without map or compass. Unfortunately I had extended this library loan for as long as I could so it will have to rest for now. One of the most difficult things in any book is the use of written vernacular in speech. If time has changed the way we say things it can make understanding what is being said very disruptive to the flow of the narrative, no matter how slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaleen | 1/19/2014

    " This book is the best of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 1/16/2014

    " Ahh! I nice wordy book! :-) Love these kinds when I have the time to enjoy them. Don't read if you can't stand the obvious moralizing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jemimah | 1/9/2014

    " Not entirely interesting. In fact, the story dragged and I could barely understand what was happening. Plus there are so many different Indian names (it's a story about Indians, by the way), I didn't bother to memorize who was who. Not my favorite classic book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Petree | 12/13/2013

    " **This book is not the same edition that I read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jack | 12/11/2013

    " Good story, awkward language for our time period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 12/11/2013

    " Wow! This is a scary book! Every other page has a scalping or an equally frightening Indian encounter. It's a classic, and I recommend it, but get ready for a thriller! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joan | 11/19/2013

    " Not interesting enough...I tried, but it kept putting me to sleep! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie G | 11/18/2013

    " A book my dad made me read once when I was grounded for getting a "D" in English class. Good move Dad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathie Hagen | 11/17/2013

    " I love this book. I think James Fenimore Cooper's books are pure Americana & often overlooked by those of us who are looking for classics for our soul's enrichment & just not because we want to say we read them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 6/12/2013

    " Reading again for about the 5th time. Love the journey of Natty! Inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 4/14/2013

    " It took like 2 months to read but was well worth it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Beka | 2/5/2013

    " I don't remember much except that as I was forced to read this on the weekend of my grandmother's funeral I felt like I was slogging through mud and bored out of my mind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 11/22/2012

    " I liked it more when I read it as a child. Reading it now, I had trouble ignoring the "white mans gifts" and "woman's weakness". Some of the ideas put forth are hard to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kari | 10/14/2012

    " I like this better than Last of the Mohicans, Deerslayer's such a good guy. Slow beginning, maybe slower than all the other slow beginnings, but if you keep at it, it's great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dominic Carlone | 8/19/2012

    " Mark Twain can relax. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shaun | 8/12/2012

    " Read Mark Twain's essay on Cooper in Letters from the Earth to see how I feel about this book. He pretty much hits the nail on the head. Thank you Cooper for giving Twain the raw material for one of the most brilliant short pieces of writing I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 12/29/2011

    " The prose is tough, but I loved reading this while at Glimmerglass. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 7/11/2011

    " Natty Bumpoo... need I say more? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Curtis | 5/30/2011

    " This book is written in good American English from the 1700's "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim V | 5/25/2011

    " Tortuously descriptive. Finally waded my way to the end for a let down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Lizotte | 3/19/2011

    " One of the classics that everyone should read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 1/23/2011

    " This was such a slow book, but the image of paddling a canoe across a lake at night has stuck with me thru the years. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/22/2011

    " Struggled through this one my junior year of high school. Then saw Last of the Mohicans and fell in love. Not for the light of heart, however catches the spirit and feeling of an important piece of American History "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karenbike | 1/4/2011

    " The stereoes of "the savage indian" and the loving Christian, and the dim witted female and endlessly explored. The book certainly reveals the thinking of the early settlers, trappers, and traders of the late 1700's. Very slow and repetitive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis7401 | 1/4/2011

    " Deerslayer (Hawkeye) was a touch to altruistic and unbelievable as a character, for my tastes. As an adventure story, it is only ok because the plot sort of repeats itself. Basically, the same set of events are played out 2-3 times, and this gets old. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Troy | 11/22/2010

    " I was forced to ready this as a young man... I've read a lot of books before this one and after this one and none of them were this boring. You'd think with 'slayer' in the title it would be a little bit exciting... not at all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 11/19/2010

    " Not a giant fan of Natty Bumpo (what a terrible name). I found this book bloody and boring, but I didn't hate it enough to keep me from wanting to read Last of the Mohicans. Maybe when Natty changes his name to Hawkeye he is less annoying. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marigold | 10/24/2010

    " Not as good as Last of the Mohicans, but Hawkeye is the noble savage, the man of honor. Good look at Cooper's time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joel | 9/23/2010

    " This was a good book from a historical perspective, but only as a snapshot of the times. The story was a bit dry for me and not quite what I prefer; however, it was done well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 9/14/2010

    " wordy. long. verbose. Definitely sets a picture of the time-period. "

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