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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.
15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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?
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
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.
6 of 13 people found this review helpful
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 1 people found this review helpful
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.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>It could also be a valuable metric audible could use in cooperation with publishers to eliminate terrible readers.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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
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.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful