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The Pioneers | [James Fenimore Cooper]

The Pioneers

While portraying life in a new settlement on New York's Lake Otsego in the final years of the 18th century, Cooper deftly explores the cultural and philosophical underpinnings of the American experience. He contrasts the natural codes of the hunter and woodsman, Natty Bumppo, and his Indian friend John Mokegan with the more rigid structure of law required by a more complex society.
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Publisher's Summary

While portraying life in a new settlement on New York's Lake Otsego in the final years of the 18th century, Cooper deftly explores the cultural and philosophical underpinnings of the American experience. He contrasts the natural codes of the hunter and woodsman, Natty Bumpo, and his Indian friend, John Mokegan, with the more rigid structure of law required by a more complex society.

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.

©1986 Jimcin Recordings

What the Critics Say

"The Pioneers is a rich chronicle of early frontier life filled with action, adventure, romance, and history." (The Literature Network)

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    Louise M Cranston, RI, USA 02-16-08
    Louise M Cranston, RI, USA 02-16-08
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    "Excellent and Insightful"

    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.
    Five Stars

    15 of 17 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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    "Very good not as good as Deerslayer"
    Where does The Pioneers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Medium it is not as good as the previous books


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Fenimore Cooper? Why or why not?

    Yes


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

    Yes very good


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    After the wilderness


    Any additional comments?

    Good book finishes his other stories that were great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David P. Medici 06-30-15 Member Since 2014

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    "The reader was difficult to listen to"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think someone who is less sensitive to reading styles and accents


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story is fine.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The original book without the narration is a classic


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Taylor California 03-10-15
    L. Taylor California 03-10-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Terrible reader."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jim Killavey’s performances?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    alan north wales, PA, United States 06-20-09
    alan north wales, PA, United States 06-20-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Painfully bad reading of a 1790's country tale"

    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.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    clark PALMER, AK, United States 04-15-11
    clark PALMER, AK, United States 04-15-11
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    "Poor Reading"

    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.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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