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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (177,921 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Fenimore Cooper Narrator: Lou Diamond Phillips Publisher: Raffin Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Classics Read by Celebrities Series Release Date: July 2017 ISBN: 9781538481493
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In James Fenimore Cooper’s classic frontier adventure story, a disillusioned man of great moral courage severs all ties with a society whose values he cannot accept and retreats to the vast unspoiled forests of upper New York State to live as a simple woodsman.

But the bloody French and Indian wars intrude, and Hawkeye and his loyal Mohican friends Chingachgook and Uncas are forced to come to the rescue when two beautiful sisters are taken hostage by renegade savages. Determined to save them, Hawkeye sets out on a chase that leads to ambushes, slaughter and bloodshed, ending in a climactic confrontation between two war parties.

The most popular of Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales, The Last of the Mohicans is an unforgettable portrait of life on the frontier and the end of Indian civilization.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Cooper's] sympathy is large, and his humor is as genuine—and as perfectly unaffected—as his art.” 

    Joseph Conrad 

  • “This novel remains the most popular of Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales, a classic story of the French and Indian War. The battles and exciting pursuits, which constitute the book’s plot, are rounded out by interesting Indian lore and descriptions of the wilderness.” 

    Masterpieces of World Literature 

  • “[Cooper’s] worldwide fame attests his power of invention, for his novels have been popular principally for their variety of dramatic incidents…but…[there has been] a revival of interest in their creation of tension between different kinds of society…between civil law and natural rights as these suggest issues of moral and mythic import.” 

    The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature 

  • “The portrait of the unspoiled wilderness is timeless.” 

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary Ellen McWhirter | 2/20/2014

    " The only book where I was assigned to read it and I tore each page as I finished so I was never tempted to read it again. I did, however, enjoy looking at Daniel Day Lewis in the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck | 2/18/2014

    " The plot of this book was more simple than I would have expected of a book from it's time. I did thoroughly enjoy it however. It would appear to be the first western ever written even though it took place in upper New York state. One of the reasons that I enjoy old American classics is due to the fact that there is no revisionist history to deal with which is now so very common. Few people seem to recognize that 100 years [maybe only ten years] from now we will be considered heathen. There is no editorial about values of the past several months from CNN, Fox or MSNBC included. It is simply a tale of the times, concerns of the times and an insight to a period when some values were superior to ours and some were not. My greatest respect to the "last Mohican". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kurt | 2/18/2014

    " Cooper has a long-winded, tedious style that grated on me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anita Williamson | 2/16/2014

    " I really had to force myself through this book. This type of book is just not for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 2/16/2014

    " It's hard to believe it took me until now to read this. I give it five stars because I enjoyed it so much, but I know that I'm not judging objectively. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 N8te13 | 2/16/2014

    " The story is great, however the blatant racism is so distracting. Everything in this book is defined by the character's ideas about race and "blood." It has a strong centralized story that is filled with daring do, disguises, oration, gun fighting, chases. escapes, love, nature, magic, and much more. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Delafieldlib | 2/12/2014

    " 18th Century tale of action/adventure. One of the five "Leatherstocking Tales" featuring Nathaniel Bumpo (Hawkeye) and his much feared gun "Killdeer." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janeece | 2/11/2014

    " The description was extensive; the story line somewhat overpowered by the details of the event and surroundings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvonne Carter | 2/7/2014

    " This had more action than the movie; loved his writing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abinadi Ayerdis | 2/4/2014

    " Not like the movie. I like both, though. The movie was more concise. Its story arc was more predictable. The book felt more real. Both are enjoyable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Morris | 2/4/2014

    " Utterly unreadable stilted prose. Only managed to get about 1/8 of the way through and had to stop after a two chapter description of a location. I fully understand Mark Twain's disdain for the author's work. Avoid like the plague! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Delise | 2/4/2014

    " Yeah, I know it has it's flaws, but this was hands down my favorite book during my childhood. I re-read it every few years, and I still love it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hasanuddin | 2/3/2014

    " Indian bertikai karena imperialis... Indian berperang juga karena kolonialis... Indian terdesak akibat penjajahan. Semuanya hanya ditutup atas nama eksplorasi dunia luar. Perang Eropa yang melelahkan, bergeser mencari tumbal: Lahan Baru. Kekejaman indian yang ditampilkan tidak sepadan dengan gelombang pembantaian yang dilakukan "pendatang". Penduduk asli turun peringkat menjadi tidak berkasta. Akan sedikit berharga kalau bisa bertindak dan berposisi sebagai pesuruh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben Vogel | 2/2/2014

    " One of those rare instances when the film (Mann) is much better than the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carlynne | 2/1/2014

    " So far I am enjoying the discriptive way this book is written. The language is melodic and beautiful. I have wanted to read this book for a very long time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corey | 2/1/2014

    " A difficult read to get into. Cooper has a meandering way to get through his story making even action seem dull but the completed story is rewarding if not sentimental for a time none of us will ever know first hand. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ada Iye | 1/31/2014

    " As a historical analysis of an era I found this fascinating and extremely respectful, especially with regards to the topography of native culture and the natural physicality of the land. With regards to the characterisation of the two female protagonists, I found the book frustratingly narrow and one dimensional particularly in relation to Alice, whose tremulous fainting, and breathy emotionality seemed to be verging on the collapsing neurotic and always arising at the most inopportune times. Fennimore's own cultural conditioning obviously occluded his ability to properly comprehend and interpret the female emotional landscape, and ultimately this proved to be limiting factor in my enjoyment of this book. Interestingly I watched the movie straight after finishing the book and found the re imagined Alice to be a far more worthy, inspiring and realistic portrayal of the truth of womanhood. Alice retains her innocence, naivety and youth in the film finding the true essence of courage in softness and vulnerability without having to resort to the stereotypical Lara croft tomb raider cliche, or the quivering neurotic as delivered by the book.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jared | 1/31/2014

    " Nice. Very old. Kind of boring at times. Overall I liked it though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chels | 1/30/2014

    " I love this book. It's got a couple of really graphic killing scenes, but overall the book is very romantic. It gives you a pretty clear perspective of eastern settlement life too, without having to her about witch-trials etc. Very well written. Oh, and it's SO much better than the movie ever could be. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angie | 1/29/2014

    " I have never said this before, but here goes. The movie is WAY better than the book. I never say this either; it was a horrible read. It was painful. I almost gave up, but kept believing there had to be something worthwhile in it for there to be such a fantastic film. Nope. Mark Twain was right to poke fun of the writers of this generation and genre... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 1/29/2014

    " Kind of complicated writing, yet captivating. Okay. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben B | 1/28/2014

    " Not going to be among my favorites. The writing varies from wonderful to curious to awkward. The plot and themes are not so much classic was dated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brigette | 1/28/2014

    " One of my favorite books of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyn | 1/27/2014

    " I was always a big fan of the 1992 Michael Mann film starring Daniel Day Lewis, and so I finally read the original. First of all, that movie is loosely based upon the book and it turns out Mann never even read the original but based his film on the 1936 film script. Cooper published the work in 1826 so there is that florid, adjectiv...e laden prose that reads like a thesaurus smeared with molasses. But for its time I can see how it was viewed as a masterpiece and can definitely see how so much literature since has been influenced by this story. Was Hawkeye the original American hero? Independent, resourceful, rugged and casually violent, he may have been the archetype for many literary characters and may have done much to influence American culture as well. The book is also graphically violent, several scenes could have been lifted from a Cormack McCarthy novel, but Cooper was probably portraying an accurate depiction of a rough time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brigette | 1/26/2014

    " One of my favorite books of all time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurelyn | 1/26/2014

    " The book was rather wordy for me, as it is commonly critiqued for by modern readers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nina | 1/26/2014

    " Firstly i didn't enjoyed the book, but after some time i liked it very much. People like Hawk-eye, Uncas, his father and Cora must be the examples for the young. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John Lawson | 1/24/2014

    " The innate helplessness of the female characters became very annoying. The movie version told a better story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda | 1/20/2014

    " Couldn't read the entire book last time I attempted, but this time I'm more tolerant of JFC's need for a good editor. Still haven't finished it and don't intend too...way too wordy. Mark Twain was spot on, but ddl saved the day in the movie version. "

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

    " I hated this book up until I watched the movie. The movie made the book seem like a work of art...which it is, considering it's been on the Classics list since...forever. If you can follow the writing, the plot is actually pretty exciting. The ending is sad though...lots of people die. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wesley | 1/17/2014

    " Liked the setting and history and glad I read it but was quite a slog to read for me. I didn't like it near as well as I did Northwest Passage by Kenneth Roberts.I may read Pioneers later by Cooper but not next for sure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 1/16/2014

    " action, adventure, romance....not just for kids. follows 'hawkeye' raised by mohicans,and his adopted dad & brother as they escort 2 young ladies through the dangerous territory fought over during the french & indian war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vinod | 1/16/2014

    " action, action and more action! nothing more and nothing less. better and faster than the movie and definitely more lyrical and comprehensive than the movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kenyan | 1/15/2014

    " Though there are some long passages, most of this book moves along nicely. I probably never would have read it though, if it hadn't been for my Am - Lit class! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Chamberlain | 1/15/2014

    " Action packed. Good story and much better than the movie :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anissa | 1/14/2014

    " I listened to this on tape and had a hard time following the story. Although, at the end was very well written and left me with a very amazing message. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tedbrust | 1/13/2014

    " All in all I enjoyed this book. The plot was interesting with twists and turns but Cooper seemed to drag parts on. The characterization was often way to long. The ending was predictable, with Cora, Magua, and Uncas dying. The rising action really made the book enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adrian | 1/10/2014

    " I gave up. Couldn't do it. It was just too awful. The Indians spoke as if their dialog was plagiarized from an encyclopedia entry. The other characters were even worse. The writing style is so stultified and blocky that it's often a serious labor to wade through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith Zimmerman | 1/10/2014

    " Excellent book! Loved it and the characters. Hawkeye is somewhere between mystical and plain amazing. It is a very long hard read that goes much deeper than the movie ever thought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julianna | 1/9/2014

    " This was an enjoyable book. It ran out of steam for the last fifteen pages or so, but the rest of it was great. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 1/7/2014

    " Wordy and boring. I agree with Twain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurel Wicke | 1/3/2014

    " Can you believe I was an English/ed major and had never read this book? For shame! I know its history and importance in the development of American lit, but I have to say, Mr. Cooper is a bit on the wordy side for me. The story is an amazing tale, but it sometimes gets bogged down by all the voluble description. But, then again, Cooper has written a classic keystone of American lit. and I...have...not. So what do I know? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha Johnson | 1/1/2014

    " Totally great -- in its context. The language tripped me up more than I thought it would. Stylized and dated. But, didn't matter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/31/2013

    " Movie is way more entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M.A. Bookout | 12/27/2013

    " I really liked this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camille Baird | 12/21/2013

    " loved learning hhistory and perspective "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 12/21/2013

    " The scout named Hawkeye and his companion explore the wilderness of upstate New York during the French and Indian Wars. They are atteempting to rescue the Muro sisters who have been captured by Indians. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 12/19/2013

    " Wordy and boring. I agree with Twain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 RK Byers | 12/18/2013

    " this was good. disturbing, but good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary S | 12/13/2013

    " One of the few books where I enjoyed the movie much better. The story felt fragmented. Cora and Alice were not at all to my liking. Of course, I loved Hawkeye, but the only enjoyable moment for me was his final speech at the end. "

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

    " This was an excellent story. It has a great story line. However, sometimes Mr. Cooper's writing is a little bit confusing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyson Bowers | 12/10/2013

    " This can be very long-winded, but worth your time...especially when the main character dresses up in a bear skin...it's a kind of comical part. I wouldn't EVER watch the movie before or after reading this book because it is NOTHING like the book! They got it all wrong! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carlynne | 12/10/2013

    " So far I am enjoying the discriptive way this book is written. The language is melodic and beautiful. I have wanted to read this book for a very long time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurel | 12/7/2013

    " I hated this book up until I watched the movie. The movie made the book seem like a work of art...which it is, considering it's been on the Classics list since...forever. If you can follow the writing, the plot is actually pretty exciting. The ending is sad though...lots of people die. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tyler | 12/7/2013

    " Gah. Cooper sucks all the action out of an action-packed story. Boo on him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Swann | 12/2/2013

    " Read this one in college. Loved it, especially since we got to see the movie version and write comparison papers. Now, it's hard for me to separate the book and movie in my mind. Maybe that should be a 4 star for the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/1/2013

    " What a shallow female character. The women are mere puppets with a thin cover of painted life. It is a compelling story line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan Long | 11/28/2013

    " Simultaneously a wartime adventure novel, a faithful historical fiction, and one of the greatest expositions on racial equality ever written. A how-to on manly conduct. I will read this to my children and, god willing, my grandchildren. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Khoran | 11/27/2013

    " Telling I know but I could never finish one of Cooper's books. I always got bogged down in his descriptive ramblings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Troy | 11/26/2013

    " Interesting to read about the times when indians were feared in America as savages. The plot of the book didn't hold my attention as much as I would like. closer to 2.5 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 bert-bobbi | 11/23/2013

    " I can see why it is an American classic. Enjoyed it even more since it was an audio-book, where I could appreciate the cadence of the Indian voices. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tedbrust | 11/22/2013

    " All in all I enjoyed this book. The plot was interesting with twists and turns but Cooper seemed to drag parts on. The characterization was often way to long. The ending was predictable, with Cora, Magua, and Uncas dying. The rising action really made the book enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ramona | 11/15/2013

    " Just finished reading this book. I love it for it's imagery and language. Not a fast paced thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Tanner | 10/22/2013

    " Good book, but when I read this (I was a young adult) I found parts of it to be pretty disturbing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 10/18/2013

    " Kind of complicated writing, yet captivating. Okay. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lelli | 10/17/2013

    " Boring. A good book if you want to fall asleep very quickly. Two stars only thanks to the last fifty or so pages with finally some other action then walking in the forest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Condliffe | 10/12/2013

    " The old style writing,pathos and romanticism is hard to get used too. But once you adjust it is a great trip well researched and exciting in character. Well worth a trip down memory lane. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine T. | 10/3/2013

    " it was ok too detailed for my taste "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 9/29/2013

    " Read this in a cottage by the ocean one night when a gale was blowing so hard, I thought the windows on the west side of the house would blow out. It was certainly diverting! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vernon | 9/20/2013

    " The writing from that era was certainly different. Dialogue and descriptive passages may have been popular in its time, but Lordy what a drag getting through some of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Twila | 9/16/2013

    " I liked the movie better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Agnes | 9/4/2013

    " loved this book... different from the movie , still good to picture daniel day lewis as hawkeye and madeline stowe as corat "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 8/21/2013

    " This is a decent book. It is noteworthy for me, because it joins "Wiseguy" as one of only two books where I found the movie to be better than the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kenyan | 6/29/2013

    " Though there are some long passages, most of this book moves along nicely. I probably never would have read it though, if it hadn't been for my Am - Lit class! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 6/6/2013

    " Good book... I felt like there was so much missing though... but I was glad I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 6/6/2013

    " I probably favored this because it is set in Glens Falls, Lake George, Schroon Lake, and Lake Placid. The ONLY thing it has in common with the movie is the main characters. The events and themes are completely different. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa B | 6/4/2013

    " Couldn't get through it but I do like Hawkeye. Great character. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Morris | 6/2/2013

    " Utterly unreadable stilted prose. Only managed to get about 1/8 of the way through and had to stop after a two chapter description of a location. I fully understand Mark Twain's disdain for the author's work. Avoid like the plague! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bookdaddy | 5/29/2013

    " The writing style is very old school. You need to concentrate when reading the book but JFC is a very good story teller. For anyone who likes books about character development, morals and values and the meaning of life. It'll make you think about the things that are important to us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olyj | 5/19/2013

    " good book, kind of drawn out in some parts. but good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian | 3/21/2013

    " simply godawful, holy hell. movie was good though. this is torturous to read? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Myrna | 3/18/2013

    " It was hard to get through the first 3 or 4 chapters ... after that it was very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Letterswitch | 3/10/2013

    " Some narrative problems aside, I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Val | 2/22/2013

    " Watch the movie, it's much better. The singing dude is what kills me -- how did they ever survive with that lunatic hanging around singing at all moments???? This book should be classed as cruel and unusual punishment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyra | 2/20/2013

    " good, solid story with a tendency to ramble. it is sometimes hard to hollow what is happening due to the rambling, but i liked it overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Gilbert-Kielkowski | 1/15/2013

    " An awesome book and an awesome author, with beartiful imagery, but I was disappointed that it was so much different from the movie (which I saw before reading the book). No love story! Bah! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Eggett | 12/2/2012

    " Overall a great book about colonial America and struggles between the colonials and Natives of this land. A little slow and slightly violent at parts, but for the most part an amazing read about the early growth and developments of the United States. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ami | 11/28/2012

    " This is one of the few books that I think the movie is better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gwen Burrow | 11/13/2012

    " Words, words, words. Cooper could give Dickens a run for his money. Go watch the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin | 10/21/2012

    " The old-fashioned style is a bit off-putting, but this adventure story has all you could ask for, with battles, betrayals and heroism. However, if you know the film version, expect the book to be quite different, they changed a lot of the plot for the film! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ivan | 10/21/2012

    " Romantic adventure, surprisingly sensible to native americans and to ecology for a book written in early XIX century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shauna | 9/1/2012

    " A fascinating story of the Indians, French and English in the New York, Delaware area of the United States. I sympathized with the Indians and then thought they were savages. War, revenge, power, survival and love kept this book very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Rose | 8/30/2012

    " 4.5 stars. Too gut-wrenching, beautiful, and tragic for words. Just read the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Swanigan | 7/25/2012

    " It is a long read, but I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gwyndolyn | 7/11/2012

    " stick with daniel day lewis shirtless running through the forest all sweaty "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 6/1/2012

    " I'm reading The Greater Journey by David McCullough and I was interested in his descriptions of the time that James Fenimore Cooper spent in Paris in the 1830s, so I decide to reread this American classic. It's about what I remember. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Book Him Danno | 4/10/2012

    " I read this in high school and I remember it was so boring and I had to hold my eyelids open to finish it. Now I may find it more interesting, but too many books to read and not enough time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ahamstarr | 2/9/2012

    " The book was enjoyable as an adventure novel, but it didn't explore its ideas enough for me to consider it a classic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rasier | 1/6/2012

    " Dont ever read this book ever!!!! it is not good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 11/30/2011

    " I liked the characters in this book so much that I named one of my sons after one of the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jones Family | 10/2/2011

    " it was the beast book i ever read i love it i could read it a thousand times before getting tired of it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 7/2/2011

    " If you can get through some of the prolonged descriptions, this is actually a cliff-hanger. It deals with loyalty and bravery and the the difficulties of change and race relations. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alice | 6/24/2011

    " didn't like b/c took too much to decipher the language "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Martine | 6/12/2011

    " How many adjectives can be used in one sentence? I do not like Cooper's style at all! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron Meyer | 5/31/2011

    " An outstanding story!! Truly one classic that I really enjoyed reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Phil Thompson | 5/25/2011

    " This could possible be the worst book on the face of this planet. So there's that... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mogi | 5/14/2011

    " I started this book three times and finished it once. It took a lot of commitment to get through it. I ended up loving the story but hating having to wade through his swamp-like prose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 5/2/2011

    " Good story, but a very SLOW read. This is a case where the movie gets to the heart of the story and cuts out the unnecessary stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 4/27/2011

    " Great book, lot of action, sad ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 4/24/2011

    " Read after seeing the movie. The movie is very fast paced, the book is not.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 4/17/2011

    " Tough read, as it was written in the early 1800's, but once you get into the style and rhythm it's good. A nice change of pace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly Ann | 4/5/2011

    " I think you could read this if you really want to - it's a good genre piece. A bit wordy though- whew! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shellie | 3/27/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. Now I need to watch the movie again because it has been too long since I watched it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George | 3/24/2011

    " This rating is for the Daniel Day-Lewis film, not the turgid Fenimore Cooper novel. The inspired acting, spectacular scenery, and gorgeous sound track brought the book to life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rasier | 3/19/2011

    " Dont ever read this book ever!!!! it is not good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tamara | 3/12/2011

    " This is probably my least favorite book I've ever had to read. I read it the summer before my junior year of high school, and I still remember the pain of trying to get through it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 3/9/2011

    " it was a very hard book to read but when i finally got into it I did enjoy it esoecially towards the end :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bookdaddy | 3/8/2011

    " The writing style is very old school. You need to concentrate when reading the book but JFC is a very good story teller. For anyone who likes books about character development, morals and values and the meaning of life. It'll make you think about the things that are important to us. "

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About the Author
Author James Fenimore Cooper

James Fenimore Cooper (1789–1851), the first major American novelist, was the son of a wealthy landowner who founded Cooperstown, New York. He attended Yale and served in the navy before turning to writing, winning international fame with The Spy (1821). After The Pioneers (1823), public fascination with the character of Natty Bumppo led him to write a series of sequels that gradually unfold the entire life of the frontier scout.

About the Narrator

Lou Diamond Phillips is an accomplished actor with numerous film, television, and theater credits. Among his films are La Bamba, Young Guns, and Young Guns II.