I'm sorry, but I found this a clumsy novel, badly read. Cooper's narrative style is just plain awful--turgid and awkward to the point of distraction. The story is full of action, but surprisingly thin. The characters are stereotyped, one-dimensional and static, not developing at all. The reader's accents sound like a bad high school actor--it's downright painful at times. I've listened to many audiobooks classics and this was a real disappointment.
I would not suggest the Abridged version of this book for any student or reader. This book is fairly difficult to understand so when portions are extracted (like in abridged versions of books) it is fairly difficult to understand. Also if you are taking a course and you are required to read this book and review the chapters or take quizzes you will miss a lot of information by getting the abridged version.
This is an action story, pretty riveting to hear. The narrator is great. His voice for the scout, Hawkeye, is not to be forgotten.
James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) was an American novelist whose works include The Last of the Mohicans, The Prairie, The Pathfinder, and The Deerslayer, collectively known as The Leatherstocking Tales.