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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (35,691 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Fenimore Cooper Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Leatherstocking Tales Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9781455194827
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In 1757, the English and French are engaged in a savage, bloody war for control of the North American continent. Making tenuous, shifting alliances with various Indian tribes, the two European powers struggle to gain the upper hand on unfamiliar, forested battlegrounds.

Caught in the middle is Hawkeye, a white scout who was raised among the Indians. Not fully belonging to either world, he has retreated from society to live in the untamed woods of upstate New York. By his side are Chingachgook and the young Uncas, last of the vanishing race of Mohicans. Together, the three embody a code of moral courage, self-sufficiency, and loyalty, and share a deep trust and friendship.

Cora and Alice Munro, the daughters of an English commander, are on their way to join their father. Escorting them through the alien wilderness are Alice’s fiancé, Major Duncan Heyward, and the treacherous Huron warrior Magua, whose attraction to Cora and hatred for whites make him a vengeful, insidious enemy.

When Magua betrays his party to the Iroquois, it is up to Hawkeye and his band to rescue the beautiful sisters and escort them through hostile Indian country. Through a series of heroic fights, escapes, and adventures, bonds are deepened, lives are lost, and the danger heightens, building toward an epic showdown.

Written in 1826, The Last of the Mohicans was one of the first great novels of American literature and one that has consistently captured the imagination of generations of readers. It established a mythic image of the American frontier as a setting for thrilling adventures and introduced such archetypes as the “noble savage”, embodied by Chingachgook, and the rugged and honorable frontier hero, embodied by Hawkeye.

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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

  • “[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 beauty of the unspoiled wilderness and sorrow at its disappearance, symbolized in Hawkeye’s Mohican Indian friends, the last of their tribe, are important themes of the novel.”

    Merriam Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature

  • “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

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew M | 2/20/2014

    " I thought The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper was i decent action story that based in the French and Indian War. This book deals Magua a part of the Huron tribe guides his fellow team to meet the daughters father at Fort Henry. During the book they face many hardships and in the end it didn't end the way i suspected. All in all, this book was pretty decent to read. Cooper uses a unique way of writing to hook the reader which later i have used some of his ways in some of my writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane't Hamerter | 2/19/2014

    " Ok, I realize that in the past when the book was first released it would have been a sensational action packed book. The pace was unrelenting. But, I have a big problem with this book. I feel that because Cora was found to have "negro" blood in her, that gave the author the right to have her kidnapped time and time again by renegade native-americans and because she was already spoiled by her blood line, it alright that she was kidnapped but if her sister was in the same position she would be defiled forever because her pure white blood couldn't handle it. Yeah, I had a big problem with how race was viewed in the book. I have to admit that for those times to even view a native-american as good was a miracle and that Cora's written personality was nice but it really rubbed me wrong. For an action book, it was good. It was fast paced and had lots of action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Blazzard | 2/18/2014

    " This was a monstrous undertaking for me! It is a tough read, but I feel so accomplished now that is done. I was constantly looking to see how far till the end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 2/17/2014

    " Ugh... good, engaging, and a classic. But the story isn't nearly as good as the movie!!! They altered it so completely for film's sake, and it turned out sensationally better. I prefer the love story version with Daniel Day-Lewis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jemimah | 2/17/2014

    " Much more interesting than The Deerslayer. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Teresa Luneau | 2/16/2014

    " Unfortunately, there is probably no way I can ever have a positive experience or opinion of this so-called "classic" because of the way my professor presented it. In the first place, he taught it as if it were the greatest book ever written, no exceptions, and spoke of it in the most glowing tones one could imagine. In the second place, he consistently referred to the book as "The Last of the MoHICKans," and I cannot get that pronunciation out of my mind. It has forever affected the attitude I have toward this book, especially during that summer when I was slogging through it and several other American masterpieces far superior to this piece of sludge. To make matters much worse, this is my nephew's favorite book. But he's also an electrical engineer. Go figure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amos | 2/14/2014

    " Not sure when I read this but it was before 1961. Good action tale with some history of new england and new york states. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jj | 2/14/2014

    " Even better than the movie.. and the movie was pretty good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kurt | 2/14/2014

    " 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 Devin kim | 2/13/2014

    " I didn't like this book because it's bored "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natasha | 2/13/2014

    " I forced myself to finish reading the book, but I didn't understand the point. Kill all the Mohicans you can and describe it in weird detail? Not a very memorable book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denisshch | 2/12/2014

    " I have read this nice book some days ago. And I guess it's one of the most well-made books about native americans, colonists and their adventures. I was interested by characters' relations espesially between native americans, it was quite discovering to know about their traditions and cultures. It's sad, that such a great people like native americans were destroyed and turned to a little and miserable group of men and women... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen Rivera | 2/12/2014

    " kept me interested throughout, great story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan Long | 2/11/2014

    " 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 Carol | 2/8/2014

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nikki | 2/8/2014

    " I hated the writing in this book. I slogged all the way through it, but I honestly don't recall much beyond tedium. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mack Hasz | 2/6/2014

    " I thought the book was full of action. I really liked the character Hawkeye. Countless times he saves his friends thanks to his skill with his rifle "KillDeer" He has lived in the forest his whole life and uses that to his advantage when fighting the indians. Over all the book was awesome cause of its action packed battles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trace | 2/5/2014

    " I wonder how many high school and college students get snared by watching the movie instead of actually reading the book. I'm not criticizing the movie, but it would be a huge mistake to try it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melijo Anthony Chan | 2/3/2014

    " Cooper's style is marked by indirection. In addition to introducing characters long before naming them for the reader, he frequently reveals or alludes to important information about a character that does not become realized until a later chapter. exceptional read.. great theme "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whitney | 1/31/2014

    " This is one of my favorite movies so I wanted to read the book - this is one of the few times the book has fallen short of the movie. It was a bit of a difficult read and if you're expecting it to be similar to the movie at all you will be disappointed. Besides the names of the characters, there are hardly any similarities. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 1/30/2014

    " It takes some time to "get into" the style but the action keeps you reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith Zimmerman | 1/30/2014

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben Vogel | 1/29/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 1/29/2014

    " Classic story of the two daughters of an army general captured by the Indians and rescued by Hawkeye, Uncas and Cingachgook. Awesome... "

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

    " I saw the movie years ago and loved it and so I was a bit surprised at how very different the book is - the director took a lot of "hollywood license" with the movie. Seldom have I read a book that I thought the movie was better, but in this case I'd have to say I enjoyed the movie more. (How do you not love Daniel Day Lewis?) I did enjoy the book - just didn't love it. Great adventure story and period piece. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Long Williams | 1/28/2014

    " Great historical read for all ages. The Indians played their part for both British and French. Le Longe Carabine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Papa | 1/28/2014

    " A very interesting look into a white man's (generally positive) interpretation of Native American culture and the conflicts surrounding British colonization of America. It wasn't always exciting by contemporary standards, but I still found myself enthralled by the story and especially characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 1/27/2014

    " I first read this in high school. It was thick reading then, but I liked the story. It is timeless adventure and romance. Cooper treated the native Americans with respect, but gave them a ruthless bent, without noticing the ruthlessness of the white folk as well. Not unusual. "

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

    " I read all these books years ago. I liked the atmosphere and Natty Bumppo "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George King | 1/27/2014

    " 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. "

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

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John Lawson | 1/22/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martin Mcgoey | 1/22/2014

    " I mostly dug this book. Cooper's got some epic battle scenes in here and his descriptions of the French and Indian War are rich. Read it if you want a heavy history lesson, but don't be surprised if you fall asleep after a few pages due to the overly descriptive style it's written in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip | 1/22/2014

    " After almost two hundred years, still a great adventure yarn. Listened to it - speeds up narrative through some archaic phrasing. "

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

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bookdaddy | 1/21/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 1/20/2014

    " Movie is way more entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 1/20/2014

    " Great account of Native American customs and how they lived around and before the European settlers invaded their territory. More difficult to read than what I'm used to with long, winding sentence in Old English. Overall a very good story that is worth pushing through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miik | 1/20/2014

    " Quite exciting given its age. Like me! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah Smith | 1/20/2014

    " Don't even bother with this book. It's ridiculous, it makes no sense, the writing is terrible, and I wanted all of the characters to get hit by a bus. Don't ever ever ever read, not even for school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ahamstarr | 1/19/2014

    " 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 Angela | 1/18/2014

    " I didn't like this book at all.The biggest problem for me was the length of Fenimore Cooper's sentences which seemed to turn themselves inside out.Very difficult to keep the plot and characters in mind when you have to read each sentence several times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Manda | 1/18/2014

    " The movie does not follow the book very closely, but I liked the story line in it better than the book. Still an interesting read with great characters. "

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

    " Contains one of the most gripping scenes of violence I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa B | 1/17/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimee Haderlie | 1/15/2014

    " I read this book for an English class and I continually found myself asking, Why is this book so famous? I did not enjoy it and I really wish I would have spent my dime doing something else. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vivi | 1/13/2014

    " I read the book twice and can't recall the story exactly... I think that's significant enough. I didn't really dislike the book, it just didn't make a big impression on me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shauna | 1/11/2014

    " 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. "

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

    " Descriptions are beautiful, but Cooper is pretty long-winded - easy to get lost in the long, drawn-out scenes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brad McKenna | 1/8/2014

    " Women are weak and Indians are savage beasts. These are but two of the stereotypes found in the book. Cooper does include a strong female and intelligent Indians to dispel those stereotypes but it's tough to feel that he sees his creations are the exceptions and the the stereotypes as the rule of the day. That said, I was surprised to find the fast-paced action scenes interspersed with flowing descriptions of the beauty of nature. It's not the easiest style to read and it tends to lose my interest from time to time, but it was a pretty good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Troy | 1/6/2014

    " 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 "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Phillip Gallegos | 1/4/2014

    " I had to read this for Savages, Vampires, and Whores class (yes , really - it was about themes in literature), and to say I 'read' it would be a lie. I have to agree with Mark Twain in that Cooper's language is repetitive, uninspired, contrived, and unwieldy. I managed to read enough to get a migraine, and settled for the Cliff Notes instead, which were (sadly) considerably more well written and to the point. I can't even see the movie without thinking of being subjected to the torture of this book. Classic, yes - a good classic, not for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey Smith | 12/31/2013

    " Was trying to read this on my phone. I ended up doing it on audio. I understand that Mark Twain wrote about how poorly this book was written. I have not read his reviews, but I will say I enjoyed the book very much. Had to read the first chapters a few times to pick up the lingo, but once I got it down I was OK. Kinda like reading Don Quixote. Everyone was polite, even when they were killing each other. My hero? The singer! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 RK Byers | 12/31/2013

    " this was good. disturbing, but good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ngiannotti | 12/30/2013

    " An oldie but goodie. . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Ambrose | 12/29/2013

    " JFC's prose is dense -- I had to pay closer attention to EVERY WORD I was reading than with any other book I've ever read! It's worth it, though, and the reader is paid back with an excellent story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ayoshak | 12/26/2013

    " It was OK when I was a teen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kenyan | 12/22/2013

    " 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! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandra Strange | 12/20/2013

    " Everything Twain said about Cooper comes true in this adventure. His native American good guys are Romantically good and talk as if they're Oxford educated. Natty Bumppo, the protagonist, is suitably Romantic close to nature and noble all the way through. The story is a whopping adventure, but not told all that well. The movie's much better! "

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

    " I could not finish this book. Awful "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 12/19/2013

    " I love these 19th century "romances" [as in "a novel or other prose narrative depicting heroic or marvelous deeds, pageantry, romantic exploits, etc., usually in a historical or imaginary setting."] It was adventurous and reminded me of Dumas' novels, e.g., The Three Musketeers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen Farmer | 12/18/2013

    " One of the hardest books I've ever read~ Once I got used to the lay of the language, easy sailing and worth every minute. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sr Burton | 12/14/2013

    " written in old English vocabulary so be prepared for a somewhat long read "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sierra | 12/13/2013

    " ugh, this book couldn't end soon enough! a sort of cute love story but there is so much that its hard to stay! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Greenoliveabby | 12/10/2013

    " If you would like to fall asleep, by all means, pick it up! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jones Family | 12/9/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret Petersen | 12/7/2013

    " I LOVED THIS BOOK. One of my all time favorites. This story just jumps off the page and you feel like you are a part of the story. If you love history, don't miss this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ari | 12/6/2013

    " Great book highly recommended for any interested in this time period. Just ignore Cooper's lack of proper punctuation, but t I think that helps it stand out in peoples minds. Very descriptive writing and you feel your there right along with them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Callsign222 | 12/5/2013

    " The action just.does.not.stop. Fantastic adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al | 12/2/2013

    " The classic tale of the inveterate scout Hawkeye, as he is known to the Indians, and his Mohican companions Chingachgook and Uncas during the time of the French and Indian War. If you like to read early American history, you will enjoy the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 11/30/2013

    " I first read this in high school. It was thick reading then, but I liked the story. It is timeless adventure and romance. Cooper treated the native Americans with respect, but gave them a ruthless bent, without noticing the ruthlessness of the white folk as well. Not unusual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Groovy Granny | 11/23/2013

    " This happens to be one of my alltime favorite classics. It's full of suspense, chases, quietness and romance. The author gives great descriptions of the surrounding countryside as well as the human story. The characters are endearing and the power and intelligence of the writer is undeniable. By the way, if you haven't seen the movie made in 1992, starring Daniel Day Lewis, you must see it. It veers from the original writing but is an awesome movie. I'm in love with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sikander | 11/23/2013

    " Story of honour, pride, dedication, care, life and death. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erin | 11/21/2013

    " I could not finish this book. Awful "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine T. | 11/19/2013

    " it was ok too detailed for my taste "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christena | 11/18/2013

    " If you loved the movie, the book will blow you away. Plot is very different, but the spirit remains the same. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie Robinson | 11/15/2013

    " Not an easy read! Poetic and descriptive. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 11/12/2013

    " Wordy and boring. I agree with Twain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johnny | 11/7/2013

    " Whilst not the easiest of reads and after discussion, the book was made easier by the fact that the style can be read as a means of including the reader in the journey through the forest. There is much to be said for this novel after some consideration is given. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista McCracken | 10/30/2013

    " Filled with the racial stereotypes of the era, but includes interesting uses of language and great landscape descriptions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodie | 10/27/2013

    " James Fenimore Cooper was just a weird dude, but I loved this storyline. Some parts of it are just not believable, but like any good JFC book, there is always something unbelievable included. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 K-tron | 10/18/2013

    " I think I've gotten only 30 pages into this book and wasn't intrigued. I'm sure I'll attempt again some day in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron Meyer | 10/12/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christian | 10/6/2013

    " Not bad the first time around; tolerable the second time; if you have to read it more than twice, well, then you might start to despise Cooper. Unless of course you are a scholar of early American literature. In that case, Cooper might be the best you're going to get. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mindy Worley | 10/5/2013

    " Read it for class, omg could not stand it "

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

    " Best. Book. Ever. My all time number one favorite book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jared Murphy | 9/21/2013

    " Read this for the first time around 1990 and it is still a great story and fun to read again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George Andrews III | 9/20/2013

    " One of the best books I have read, and certainly one of the top adventure stories. Loved every page. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harry Robinson | 9/18/2013

    " I remember reading this classic many years ago. I enjoyed it then, and I enjoyed it again this time. Having seen the movie in the interim, I was surprised at how different the movie was from the original book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 9/18/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeni Hill | 8/24/2013

    " Truly a classic book for teens and adults. I have no idea when I read this -just know I read it sometime, probably in high school though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 8/23/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 8/17/2013

    " It is hard to imagine the frontier during this time in our history. This book transports you. I am happy to have made the journey with Hawkeye and his loyal friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marlene Slade | 8/7/2013

    " In a word - Excellant! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicua | 7/28/2013

    " brilliant book, totally entrancing, couldn't put it down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley Brown | 6/24/2013

    " I think I liked this more because I saw the movie first!! Daniel Day Lewis running around bare-chested? Gotta love it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Troy | 6/21/2013

    " 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 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 5/11/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 5/10/2013

    " While it's great story, Cooper's long winded prose can make it tiresome to read. While I'm glad I finally got around to reading it I doubt I'll ever revisit it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mario Geraci | 4/25/2013

    " so far a little too wordy, good adventures and lead character in hawkeye "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maer | 3/28/2013

    " Without arguement, my favorite book of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ralph Davis | 3/24/2013

    " Much to my surprise, I couldn't put this down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 2/28/2013

    " I loved the setting in upstate New York. The book takes place during the French and Indian War 1757, so that time period was also quite interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Merzy Donovan | 2/25/2013

    " Good read for American Indian classics... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Martine | 1/28/2013

    " 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 Buck Taylor | 1/7/2013

    " This was a hard read. Another book that should be required. I was a sophmore in high school when I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Chamberlain | 12/28/2012

    " 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 Rosemary | 12/19/2012

    " A little too dated for my taste, but the last chapter was worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 12/5/2012

    " I thought the movie version was much more suspenseful compared to the book version. Still, it was a great classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ralph Davis | 12/4/2012

    " Much to my surprise, I couldn't put this down! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ana | 11/13/2012

    " I read this about ten years ago. I thought it dragged. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben B | 10/16/2012

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rasier | 10/6/2012

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roberta | 9/24/2012

    " Classic story, but didn't enjoy the writing style - found myself skimming as I got further in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Blazzard | 9/10/2012

    " This was a monstrous undertaking for me! It is a tough read, but I feel so accomplished now that is done. I was constantly looking to see how far till the end! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandi | 9/2/2012

    " Bad. I so wanted to like it because it's set in the beautiful country, but just could not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacob | 8/19/2012

    " Contains one of the most gripping scenes of violence I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 8/14/2012

    " It was a difficult read but kept me interested had a hard time picking it up once i set it down though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Catherine Blass | 8/5/2012

    " As my American Novel professor said, "They're giving Cooper seminars in Hell." "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heidi Thorsen | 7/29/2012

    " I read this for book club, and thought it was awful. I remember reading it as a child and thinking it was ok, but I must have been pretty dumb back then. The movie with Daniel Day Lewis was much, much, better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy White | 7/16/2012

    " Love, love, love!! Don't you just want to go back in time, grab a rifle, and head into the Western frontier! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 K-tron | 7/13/2012

    " I think I've gotten only 30 pages into this book and wasn't intrigued. I'm sure I'll attempt again some day in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Chamberlain | 7/9/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Swimley | 6/30/2012

    " A very involve read, as the era in which it was written uses th English language much differently than we do now. Also, the story is about 98% different than what you'd expect after seeing the 1992 movie, but in a very good way! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista McCracken | 6/23/2012

    " Filled with the racial stereotypes of the era, but includes interesting uses of language and great landscape descriptions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie Robinson | 6/22/2012

    " Not an easy read! Poetic and descriptive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Rogers | 6/21/2012

    " Some nice hardcore symbolism of the two-party system, tyranny, and the wild frontier of life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wesley | 6/10/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 5/31/2012

    " 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 Mommy Farris | 5/19/2012

    " This is one of those books I wish I liked more because my father loves it so much. I just don't but I can see why some people do. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becky C | 5/14/2012

    " I had a huge dilemma rating this. I really enjoyed writing a paper on this book - it was awesome to study. Laregely because of the strong stand it takes against interracial romance. Therefore: a low rating, because I am not on board with that. But 5 stars as intellectual fodder. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Morris | 4/23/2012

    " 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 Bonnie | 4/20/2012

    " One of the best books I've ever read, hands down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheri Hansen | 4/16/2012

    " Really good- it could have gotten too soapy or stereotyped, but it never did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 3/29/2012

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurel | 3/28/2012

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 3/16/2012

    " I was tainted by the movie, which I adored, and then read the book...I was left wanting. The book doesn't really have any romance, but the story is still great about the dynamics of the English, French, and the Native Americans during that time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 3/13/2012

    " Good Book. In the beginning it was somewhat difficult to understand who was who. The author uses first name, last name, and nicknames interchangeably. It took me about a third of the book to figure this out, once I figured this out things went much better. Good ending, very good plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 2/19/2012

    " Excellent view of early America. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vernon | 2/19/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jude Brigley | 2/16/2012

    " This one of my favourite books since I was a child. I re-read it last year and loved every moment of it once more. My favourite character is Uncas. I think the heroine is sparky and brave which is probably what I enjoyed growing up. It still made me cry at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ernest | 2/11/2012

    " sadly it starts off slow, but it picks up really well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Tanner | 2/10/2012

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary Ellen McWhirter | 2/1/2012

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenyce | 1/19/2012

    " For those who enjoy 25 words when 2 or 3 would suffice! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 1/18/2012

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Just David | 12/26/2011

    " I have tried to read this, and was unsuccessful twice. It just proved to me that just because your dead, does not mean it should be a classic. See the movie instead and Daniel Day Lewis will find you as long as you stay alive. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terra | 12/21/2011

    " I guess this classic just wasn't my "thing". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeni Hill | 12/14/2011

    " Truly a classic book for teens and adults. I have no idea when I read this -just know I read it sometime, probably in high school though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carlynne | 11/16/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 10/30/2011

    " I really enjoyed this old classic written in 1826. Wow! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryn Dunham | 9/19/2011

    " Great book! Though it doesn't need to be said, it was much better than the Daniel Day Lewis movie version, which was good, but not true to the book. It was fast paced and easy to read once my brain adjusted to early nineteenth century prose. Much better than I expected; highly recommend! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donald Stephens | 9/17/2011

    " One of my favorite books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jan Swanepoel | 9/5/2011

    " Mr Cooper's writing is far too self-important to be even close to enjoyable. I will never read this book again, nor will I recommend it to anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mogi | 8/17/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 8/7/2011

    " 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! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rasier | 7/25/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dsharpe | 6/22/2011

    " Language is dated and tedious at times. The historical tale is great and I love the adventuree through spots in NY where I drive frequently. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Feathzzz | 6/14/2011

    " Read it jail. Actual rating: 1.2 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 6/8/2011

    " Absolutely loved it. Could hardly put it down "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyra | 6/7/2011

    " 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. "

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

    " Haven't read for years. Enjoyed it again, reading slowly bit by bit. "

  • 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 :) "

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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

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.