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The book is always good.
However, this narration does not follow with the book in a true unabridged way. I've bought 2 books thinking it might be our book that had the differences only to have large skips in paragraphs and pages. I don't know how far past the beginning this lasts. I wouldn't allow my sons to continue with this audible since we spent so much of the beginning trying to find where he was jumping. Now I'll have to buy yet another Last of the Mohicans audible in hopes of it being a truly unabridged after having bought 2 books trying to solve the problem.
I saw the movie first so had to get over a disconnect with the way the movie plot diverges from the book. In the end the book won me over and I'm sorry that the movie didn't include the assinine but delightful singing preacher! Will definitely add more Cooper to my reading list after I finish with Dickens.
In the old fashioned manner, each chapter of this novel written in 1825 is introduced with a quotation from another work, often by Shakespeare. In general, the writing style is quite formal and flowery, actually outright verbose. This makes it rather laborious to read and strikes a vivid contrast with the relative simplicity of the plot and of the characters. These, in a very confusing way, are often given many names. For example, the same person is called Natty Bumppo, Hawkeye, Oeil de Faucon and La Longue Carabine, all within a few paragraphs.
There are definite incongruities in the plot. Beaver huts for instance are mistaken for a human settlement and a man disguised as a bear actually fools Indians who of course have lived in the woods all their lives! There are also anachronisms, such as referring constantly to the Canadas in the plural, whereas in 1757, when the novel is set, before the British Conquest, there was of course only one.
This book's interest lies mainly with its North American setting and the fact it was one of the earliest novels to be written here. To the author's credit, it must be pointed out that he displays much respect for the Indians' wisdom and way of life, in marked contrast with general opinion later in the 19th century.
Still, its qualities are not enough to make this work truly of major interest today.
i wanted to get back to my roots and choce a book from my youth. i made an excellent selection.
All u old farts should try this one once again it brings back memories of not gental but simple time in our history.
Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!
There are many books I read in high school and college that I really didn't like, but when I read now, I adore. This is not one of them.
I read "The Last of the Mohicans" in a college American Literature course and hated it. I thought I'd give it another go (Hey, it made a great movie with Daniel Day Lewis) and thought an audiobook might help. Nope.
I've read much French, English and American literature around this time (Dumas, Dickens, Bronte and Poe) so I know its not the literature of the era. The language is difficult because it is so flowery and stilted. The narrator couldn't even help this. Also, I am good at considering the context of a book's era and forgiving what today seems politically incorrect. However, this book was popular and contributed to the stereo-type our country had about Native Americans being either inhuman, cruel perpetrators of unimaginable horrors or the rare "noble savage".
In addition, the portrayal of Cora (who represents her sex bravely), and her sister (the constantly fainting, Alice) and the love-struck Major Duncan Heyward irritated me.
I completed the book because of its historical significance, but I certainly won't go back to read any more about Hawkeye (Natty Bumppo) and his loyal Delaware friends.
"A credit not well spent"
Not what I was expecting to be honest. If you're looking for romance or adventure look elsewhere. If you're looking for history read a history book. The prose is far too formal and I found myself skipping back more often then I'm happy to, and then having to refer to online chapter summaries when events still weren't clear. By chapter 8 I realise I'd stopped listening. One for American Literature students only. I realise this is a review of the book and not the audiobook though so I'll just add that the sound quality and narration are both fine.
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