The Spy


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(4.6 stars; 33 reviews)

James Fenimore Cooper's second novel, The Spy (1821), is based on Sir Walter Scott's Waverly series, and tells an adventure tale about the American Revolution. The protagonist is Harvey Birch, a supposed loyalist who actually is a spy for George Washington, disguised as 'Mr Harper.' The book brought Cooper fame and wealth, and is regarded as the first great success in American fiction.
(Summary by Gord MacKenzie)

(16 hr 44 min)

Chapters

James Fenimore Cooper 33:53 Read by Gord Mackenzie
Author's Introduction 12:51 Read by Gord Mackenzie
Chapter 1 31:33 Read by Gord Mackenzie
Chapter 2 23:34 Read by Kara Shallenberg
Chapter 3 31:48 Read by Kara Shallenberg
Chapter 4 36:41 Read by Kara Shallenberg
Chapter 5 25:39 Read by Maureen S. O'Brien
Chapter 6 35:26 Read by Maureen S. O'Brien
Chapter 7 39:47 Read by Maureen S. O'Brien
Chapter 8 32:53 Read by Hugh McGuire
Chapter 9 26:05 Read by Hugh McGuire
Chapter 10 31:51 Read by Hugh McGuire
Chapter 11 23:21 Read by Caroline Morse
Chapter 12 18:53 Read by Caroline Morse
Chapter 13 24:54 Read by Caroline Morse
Chapter 14 23:13 Read by Kymm Zuckert
Chapter 15 12:24 Read by Mike Wilson
Chapter 16 25:38 Read by Kymm Zuckert
Chapter 17 14:33 Read by Ben Douglas
Chapter 18 21:16 Read by Fox in the Stars
Chapter 19 27:56 Read by Anita Roy Dobbs
Chapter 20 28:02 Read by Gesine
Chapter 21 41:40 Read by Gesine
Chapter 22 41:37 Read by Gesine
Chapter 23 28:48 Read by Gord Mackenzie
Chapter 24 29:23 Read by Gord Mackenzie
Chapter 25 17:17 Read by Gord Mackenzie
Chapter 26 31:05 Read by Anita Roy Dobbs
Chapter 27 27:49 Read by Anita Roy Dobbs
Chapter 28 38:11 Read by Anita Roy Dobbs
Chapter 29 26:09 Read by Chris Vee
Chapter 30 32:50 Read by Chris Vee
Chapte 31 19:19 Read by Chris Vee
Chapter 32 31:54 Read by Betsie Bush
Chapter 33 22:48 Read by Betsie Bush
Chapter 34 16:11 Read by Chip
Chapter 35 16:53 Read by Chip

Reviews

(2 stars)

Too many readers, lost the context of the book as a result

Brilliantly written epic re American war of independence .

(5 stars)

Delightful

(5 stars)

I love James Fenimore Cooper; his style of writing suits me well. I think Sam Clemens was just a little jealous when he wrote that book about his errors. Some write like a patchwork comforter (Mark Twain), others like a lace doile (Cooper). Both are enjoyable. And the whole historical aspect was wonderful.

Mr. Twain, this is enjoyable

(4.5 stars)

Both Mark Twain and I dislike Cooper. His descriptions are usually just too long and get in the way of the story. However, The Spy is different. It’s told largely via dialogue, has plenty of action and suspense. Altogether a jolly and enjoyable read/listen. Highly recommended.

(3.5 stars)

Read well but for some notable exceptions. I recommend narrators read the entire book, not just their chapter, in order to understand and grasp the characters nature and intelligence...many nuanced scenes are ruined by monotoned, robotic narratoon.

A very excellent book. superbly written. recommended

(5 stars)

(5 stars)

Wonderful story, well-read on Libre Vox.

What a Classic!

(5 stars)

The tremendous gift of weaving a tale with so little need for props is rarely found. By dint of excellent word choice and a fantastic understanding of human nature Cooper draws your mind and heart into a compelling tension between personal honor and patriotism. Wow!