The Prairie

Narrated by: Noah Waterman
Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Prairie marks the final chapter in James Fenimore Cooper's great saga of American frontiersman Natty Bumppo. Though nearly 90 in 1804, Bumppo is still competent as a frontiersman and trapper, now on the Great Plains. Once more he is drawn into conflict with society in the form of an emigrant party led by the surly Ishmael Bush and his miscreant brother-in-law, Abiram White. And once again this great man of nature is called upon to exhibit his courage and resourcefulness to rescue the innocent.
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(P)1995 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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"We still read Cooper today because he was the first of our authors to seize upon the dramatic possibilities of that unfallen western world that stands at the beginning of our national life." (J. W. Ward)

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    3 out of 5 stars

Great Story, Narrator needs help

This is a great story, though not quite as good as the earlier Leatherstocking Tales. The problem is the narrator. First, he seems to be in an incredible hurry. I get nervous just listening to him. He reads at a very fast rate. Second, there is a good deal of ambient noise including the narrators snorting and slurping. Likely this is caused by the rapidity with which he reads.
Other than that, he has a fine voice with good inflections and interest. He jsut needs to slow down.

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Prairie

Narrator reads too quickly, makes it difficult to understand at times. Excellent story, but the narrator made listening tedious.

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just horrible

The person reading this book is horrible!! What is his hurry? I can't understand half of what he is saying and the deep breaths, what is going on? Very disappointing, I have listened to many fine audio stories and this is the very very very worst narrator that I have ever heard, I do hope he has found a different occupation to spare any future audiences the pain of listening to him.

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NOT EVEN close to a professional performance.i want my money back. The reading ruined an otherwise page turning finally to the saga.not worth listening,not to mention one credit.

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always like Cooper's books, classic.

I think I have read all there is of Natty Bumpas and his adventures, hell of a ride.

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Read just a little fast

Good story. Sad to have the series come to an end. I enjoyed reading the series in chronological order rather than the order written.

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Can't mess with a classic

Cooper recycles his characters in a finale that brings our hero to a noble end. Despite being surrounded by greed and evil, Natty Bumpo strong sense of honor and right win the day. From his earliest days as an DeerSlayer, Natty sees the birth and expansion of nation that pushes him and his way of life further and further westward. If you loved, Last Mohicans, you have to read the entire Leatherstocking series.