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Publisher's Summary

Drums along the Mohawk, Walter D. Edmonds' masterpiece, is not only the best historical novel about upstate New York since James Fenimore Cooper, it was also number one on the bestseller list for two years, only yielding to the epic Gone with the Wind.

This is the story of the forgotten pioneers of the Mohawk Valley during the Revolutionary War. Here Gilbert Martin and his young wife struggled and lived and hoped. Combating hardships almost too great to endure, they helped give to America a legend that still stirs the heart. In the midst of love and hate, life and death, danger and disaster, they stuck to the acres that were theirs and fought a war without ever quite understanding it. Drums along the Mohawk has been an American classic since its original publication in 1936.

©2015 Walter D. Edmonds (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Wonderful

I've loved the movie forever with Henry Fonda and Collette Colbert, but I had no idea how great the book is. It's the story of how settlers in the Mohawk Valley in NYS survived during the revolution. The historical accuracy is just amazing while the story is gripping. I only wished I had read it years ago, The narrator turned out to be phenomenal, Listen to this book now!

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Good story and great history

I loved this book because it combines a great story with some history. We all forget how difficult it was to live on the frontier just a short 200 years ago. This book is great at depicting life on the frontier in America. At the time it's just upstate NY. Besides indians, there are the British forces who ravage the landscape. There were no grocery stores so you had to grow your own food. If it was destroyed, you starve to death.

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Excellent story about my home

Would you listen to Drums Along the Mohawk again? Why?

I think any great book is worth a re-read or re-listened. Drums Along the Mohawk is one such book. Great story telling never goes out of style.

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Good story reminding us of how we got our freedom.

The book was informative while touching on most of the hardships of fronteer life during the revolutionary era.

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A favorite!

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I'm very glad that this book became available on Audible. I've read the story since I was about 10 years old (forty years ago) and listening is just a new way to enjoy it.

One of the best things about Drums Along the Mohawk is that if you pull out a map, or look at a map online, you can 'visit' the very places described in this book. Reale's Creek still flows through the hills, Fort Stanwix is now a National Park. Roads have the names of the people from the book.

Walter Edmonds does a wonderful job of combining history with a great story. Highly recommended.

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Drums of the Mohawk

The reality of the revolution war for the average person that lived in the bush. The story was sound and kept me interested.

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An American Masterpiece.

Brilliantly performed, and written to cross the ages. The storytelling, the characters—both historical and fictional—masterfully brought to life. This was a long read. A long listen. Entirely enjoyable, and enthralling. I love that I am still filled with the voices and stories of these people whom now collectively join my most treasured historical American fiction. Yes. A MASTERPIECE.

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True Classic in every sense

The story was not only great but the narrator deserves 6 stars. Truly excellent in every way. If you love early American history and wish to know how this country came to be read Drums Along the Mohawk.

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Excellent

I have never read historical fiction before, I'm not sure why. This book makes me want to read a lot more. Gripping story set during revolutionary war that portrays the struggle from a human perspective. Instead of the overall view of the war (major battles, Valley Forge, etc. ), this novel tells the struggles from the perspective of one family in one village. The characters are vibrant, believable, and real. The storyline is engaging and immersive. If all historical fiction novels are this well written, I have a lot of reading to do!

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Revolutionary War Soap Opera

As historical fiction goes, this novel remains true to the genre, relying on first person accounts of upstate New York's tribulations from British-backed raiders during the Revolutionary War. As adventure reading goes, this novel is a dull. Just when it seems like the author is going to delve into the details of skirmishes, he shifts our attention away to the fear and anguish of those whom observe the conflict from a distance (pregnant wives, old men and women, and those sheltering in the local fort). It all makes for too much third person accounting of battles and strife. I, personally, never felt the experiences of the combatants through first-hand accounting (fictional or otherwise) with enough detail to make it real.

I rate this audiobook two tomahawks down.

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