The Pathfinder

Written by:
James Fenimore Cooper
Narrated by:
Mark F. Smith

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2011
18 hours 48 minutes
"Natty Bumppo goes by many names: La Longue Carabine, Hawk Eye, Leatherstocking, and in this tale, The Pathfinder. Guide, scout, hunter, and when put to it, soldier, he also fills a lot of roles in pre-Revolution upstate New York. An old friend, Sergeant Dunham of the 55th Regiment of Foot, asks him to guide his daughter through the wilderness to the fort at Oswego where Dunham serves. With the French engaging native Indian allies against the British and the Yankee colonists, such a journey is far from safe.

Dunham has a plan in mind - to see his daughter Mable married off to the most redoubtable frontiersman and marksman in the territory, who is Pathfinder himself. But as an attractive and marriageable young lady, she draws other suitors. Then a military expedition contrives to put Sgt. Dunham, Mable, Pathfinder, and two other wooers into an isolated and dangerous garrison. Here treachery raises the stakes, and with the soldiers of the detachment shot down or captured, all of them must show mettle for any of them to escape with their scalps.
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Peggy P.

I know it was acceptable for the times but found myself wincing at many of the discriminatory explanations used.

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Laurie Gilmore

At first I thought it would be difficult for me to listen to the whole story, but after a bit, I was totally immersed. It was a fascinating story that revealed life through a language that was also of that day, so I had the impression that I was in the time. Of course it was beautifully written. I was telling someone that I don't think I could have read it and finished it. It was so much better having it on audiobooks. Thank you for acquainting me with these classics from another day.

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