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Download The Song of Hiawatha Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (866 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Narrator: William Hootkins Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2005 ISBN:
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Longfellow's great narrative poem has been unjustly neglected in recent years though it gives a sympathetic portrait especially of Hiawatha, reared by Nokomis, daughter of the Moon, and his bride Minehaha.

It is famously underpinned by its hypnotic rhythm, which makes it ideal listening. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian Robbins | 2/10/2014

    " I hate this poem with a passion. It should, but it doesn't, lull me to sleep with that bloody awful rhythmn. Closest thing to making me tear a book into shreds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 AistÄ— | 2/9/2014

    " Sorry, Henry, I prefer Kalevala. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nellie K. | 2/9/2014

    " great book. You can learn a lot about Native American culture with this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaime | 2/8/2014

    " Okay, I know that every book that is classified a classic is nto going to appela to everyone. I read tthis and was interested in the historical aspect but found it dull at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timothy Coplin | 1/31/2014

    " Should be compulsory reading for any grade school student in the region written about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Anderson | 1/27/2014

    " Love Longfellow to bits. He is a much overlooked poet in the UK "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/18/2014

    " Read a verse a day for semester and used it to hang the day's history lesson on it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara Lynn | 1/14/2014

    " I read this before reading Paul Revere, and was relieved to discover that I did like Longfellow, I just didn't like this particular poem as much as I did Revere. "

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

    " Beauty, legend, love, heroism. Wouldn't change a word of it. The only thing of which I'm certain in the exasperated canon of child-rearing: read this book aloud to your kids, and they will be better for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/22/2013

    " This is the first poetry I remember. My mother read it to us when we were toddlers. It seems woven into my genetic framework. Read more than nursery rhymes to your babies! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Thomas | 11/27/2013

    " A much better read than I w expecting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela(AllHoney) | 11/27/2013

    " I remember reading this after watching the Bugs Bunny rendition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samuel Hill | 11/8/2013

    " A wonderful tale that spans generations and covers lands further than the eye can see. A sometimes repetitive but beautiful read. But be warned, this is extended poetry and can be tricky to swallow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noran Miss Pumkin | 10/22/2013

    " bookstore find 8/08. reread for the first time since childhood. Beautiful illustrations! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dee Boulger | 10/3/2013

    " I love poetry especially Wadsworth! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 9/23/2013

    " I have loved the rhythm of this poem since I was a kid. I could read it over and over and over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa Demille | 1/11/2013

    " This beautiful story is accompanied by illustrations to match the beauty of the words. "

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

    " Very interesting book. I enjoyed reading it! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 7/13/2012

    " My second grade teacher read this to me, I will never be able to forget it for as long as I live :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 11/13/2011

    " A totally different genre that I totally enjoyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Roy | 7/10/2011

    " A beautiful poetic work, which amply displays the Eastern love of the redman, now that they had mostly been killed off in the east. Here is one of the sources of the "Noble Savage." "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Taymar | 6/20/2011

    " I don't like this book at all. I had to read it for school and first of all, I don't like being forced to read anything. Second, there are big words, too many hard names to remember, and it is just plain confusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Schmidt | 2/25/2011

    " Okay, so this is a random add but it popped in my head. This is a great story for primary school aged children- especially when read perfectly with the whispering sounds (like my mom did, when she read to my class and I as kids). It's a must-own for any American kid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 3/26/2010

    " It was a sad and really inspiring story about indians "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene | 11/8/2009

    " I had never read this poem, as poetry is not usually my thing, but on a recent trip around Lake Superior, I decided to include this and really loved it. I will read it again, and probably add some more HLW to my reading list. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Jones | 5/8/2009

    " This is frankly awful and highly soporific. It has been lulling children into it's colonialist, small-minded narrative for far too long. Made me feel sick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 9/3/2008

    " a poem of innocence and love of nature "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Willow | 8/19/2007

    " "On the shores of Gitchie Goomie, by the shining deep sea waters, stands the wigwam of Nicomus, daughter of the sea." -- is that right? Lyrical, magical; that's what I remember. It was long ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derrick | 9/27/2006

    " I don't care what the literary critics think--I love te way this poem sounds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 7/25/2006

    " What was it about this that made me fall in love... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron Schiffer | 4/18/2006

    " I didn't think I would like poetry. But this ranks among my favorite pieces of literature. "

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About the Author
Author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882) was the most popular and admired American poet of the nineteenth century. Known for his narrative historical and mythic poems, his most famous works include Evangeline, The Song of Hiawatha, The Courtship of Miles Standish, and Tales of Wayside Inn. Versatile as well as prolific, Longfellow also won fame as a writer of short ballads and lyrics, and experimented in the essay, the short story, the novel, and the verse drama.

About the Narrator

William Hootkins (1948-2005) was an American character actor, most famous for supporting roles in blockbusters such as Star Wars, Batman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Hardware. He trained as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and appeared on stage at the Royal Court Theatre and in the West End. William was also a voice-over artist and recorded dozens of plays for the BBC and narrated works by Jack London, Robert Bloch, and Carl Hiaasen for audiobooks. He died of pancreatic cancer in 2005.