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The Last of the Mohicans Audiobook

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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:
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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

Listener Reviews

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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. "

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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 two 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.