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The Deerslayer | [James Fenimore Cooper]

The Deerslayer

The Deerslayer is the first of the Leatherstocking Tales of James Fenimore Cooper. Here we meet Natty Bumppo as a young man living in upstate New York in the early 1740s. The action begins as Bumppo, called "Deerslayer", and his friend Hurry Harry approach Lake Glimmerglass, or Oswego, where the trapper Thomas Hutter lives with his daughters, the beautiful Judith and the feeble-minded Hetty. Hutter's floating log fort is attacked by Iroquois Indians, and the two frontiersmen join in the fight.
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The Deerslayer is the first of the Leatherstocking Tales of James Fenimore Cooper. Here we meet Natty Bumppo as a young man living in upstate New York in the early 1740s. The action begins as Bumppo, called "Deerslayer", and his friend Hurry Harry approach Lake Glimmerglass, or Oswego, where the trapper Thomas Hutter lives with his daughters, the beautiful Judith and the feeble-minded Hetty. Hutter's floating log fort is attacked by Iroquois Indians, and the two frontiersmen join in the fight.

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    Bill New Paltz, NY, USA 05-08-05
    Bill New Paltz, NY, USA 05-08-05
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    "things were slower them"

    The pacing on this will make you anxious if you are used to fast paced run and shoot stories. The recording is not bad, and the reader does a good job on his characterizations. However, things were slower back then, a lot slower, a lot slower. Nattie's ruminations on his na'ter and his preachification on just about everything gets you to the point where you may skip a few tracks. But all in all, it is a pretty rousing story, very good scenic imagery and background. I hit a deer while listening to this book in my car so......

    25 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Kearneysville, WV United States 09-04-09
    Bob Kearneysville, WV United States 09-04-09 Member Since 2008

    Bob Brown

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    "excellent story; reading acceptable but not great"

    The first of the Leatherstocking tales, it captures the attention and imagination. Although the reader has a god voice, he seemed not to understand what he was reading many times and so puts the emphasis on the wrong words. This makes understanding and following the story difficult sometimes. The language is often archaic and even anachronistic; sometimes it seemed like bigger words were used when shorter ones would have done at least as well.
    But in all, I thought it well worthwhile and it had many exciting episodes.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Buena Vista, CO, United States 01-15-13
    Ted Buena Vista, CO, United States 01-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Retired business owner conservative

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    "Great classic"
    If you could sum up The Deerslayer in three words, what would they be?

    Very historical and important classic on the history of this country and why it is what was before the liberals took over


    What other book might you compare The Deerslayer to and why?

    Last of the Mohicans


    Have you listened to any of Raymond Todd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have and he was good


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Just great

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roy BOISE, ID, United States 07-07-11
    Roy BOISE, ID, United States 07-07-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Good said the Serpant."

    These titles all take a measure of dedication to get through but the effort is worth it. I have a regret not reading this years ago in my youth while I was a student at SUNY Delhi and Oneonta in Delaware and Otsego counties respectively. Having said that this audio version may have been easier as the syntax and dialect of the day would have been difficult even for this child of the 1970's.

    It may take you an hour or two to tune your ear to the cadence of the text but the narrator does an excellent job in presenting different voices and tones of emotion to help the listener differentiate time and place. Though LotM gets all the press this fine tale should not be overlooked for both historic and academic reasons.

    If you miss something don't be afraid of employing your back button which will help to maximize your experience.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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