This is the fourth in Cooper's series of five books known as the Leatherstocking Tales, which were arranged according to the chronology of their hero, Natty Bumpo.
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"The Pioneers is a rich chronicle of early frontier life filled with action, adventure, romance, and history." (The Literature Network)
This book has has many strange twists and turns and is both historical, in the broad sense of historical fiction, and an adventure story. It is written, as were most books back then in a rather rambling and wordy style. This was, after all, way before radio and TV and people liked their entertainment to last. Some readers of today, however, may not have the patience for a work like this. I like to do a little research on the classics I get and found an encyclopedia article that said the book "may be considered one of the first ecological novels in the United States." ( from Wikipedia.org ) That statement intrigued me but turned out to be quite true. There are many discussions in it about conservation and the use of natural resources. Amazing insight
for its time! The narrator was pretty good but made what I thought were a few pronunciation errors. However I checked them out and they were ok - alternatives pronunciations in a couple of cases, but acceptable.
Retired business owner conservative
Medium it is not as good as the previous books
Yes very good
After the wilderness
Good book finishes his other stories that were great.
I very much enjoyed the novel. I was very irritated by the lack of any space between the chapters. Often the new chapter would cut off the last part of the final sentence from the previous chapter. Other than that, I enjoyed part 4 in the Leatherstocking series.
I live here, in the hills of James Fenimore Cooper; so while his narrative drags (it's his first novel, I believe, and characterization? Plot? etc etc seem largely unknown... ) the book offers a picture of life in the 18th century,. For that alone it is fascinating. The pigeon slaughter, the sugaring, the snow... Then aside from Cooper's flaws, the narration was super strange-- tinny voice, reverb, weird skips.
An interesting account of social rituals and the invasions of government into rural life in the 1790's, nearly ruined by the worst reader who has ever massacred a book. Does he pause after every four words hallucinating nonexistent commas, or is he short-winded? Does he accent the wrong words in every sentence because he is reading the text for the first time? The mispronounciations are the least of his sins. This would be a charming comedy of up-country manners, frontier politics, and Revolution-era diction, but the tour is made painful by the halting, spavined nag we are forced to ride. The book is worth the time if you're interested in American history or the old age of Natty and Chingatchcook - but find a version read by anybody else.
One Mans View
I think someone who is less sensitive to reading styles and accents
The story is fine.
I am sure that reader was doing what he thought was a good job. I think for some reason I could not settle into the story with his choppy reading style.
The original book without the narration is a classic
One of the worst readers I have heard on audible. Monotone with a stilted and unnatural rhythm. He does not pay any attention to punctuation and instead pauses at a cadence that according to a syllable count. It is like he is trudging through the paragraphs like a soldier on a long march.
It is awful and makes it difficult to follow. "Unbearable" and "tedious" are the best words to describe it.
Absolutely not. I wish there was a feature to "hide" all books read by this author. Never again. I am forturnate it was a low cost book. But given how terrible the reader is I am not surprised the book goes for a pittance.
Implement a "hide" feature according to readers. This way we can avoid mistakenly buying books from terrible readers more than once.
It could also be a valuable metric audible could use in cooperation with publishers to eliminate terrible readers.
The book is not bad. I found the performance to be so utterly unbearable that I had to abandon the book after 15min. The reader's voice is monotone and has an unnatural rythem. I would preview this before downloading if a reader's voice can throw you off a book.
Narrator sounds like a text to voice robot
The story is terribly written
Though, the plot and idea behind the story is great, it is just terribly written.
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