The Deerslayer - The First Warpath


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(4.5 stars; 92 reviews)

The Deerslayer, or The First Warpath (1841) was the last of James Fenimore Cooperโ€™s Leatherstocking tales to be written. Its 1740-1745 time period makes it the first installment chronologically and in the lifetime of the hero of the Leatherstocking tales, Natty Bumppo. (Introduction by Wikipedia) (20 hr 25 min)

Chapters

Chapter 01 35:10 Read by Josh Smith
Chapter 02 35:40 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 03 36:53 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 04 37:10 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 05 39:55 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 06 34:11 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 07 40:00 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 08 39:33 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 09 42:37 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 10 41:37 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 11 39:10 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 12 44:30 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 13 42:11 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 14 39:24 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 15 40:46 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 16 40:51 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 17 41:56 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 18 26:06 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 19 44:39 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 20 39:47 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 21 43:38 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 22 31:19 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 23 43:38 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 24 46:50 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 25 45:19 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 26 40:09 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 27 41:07 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 28 31:24 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 29 26:39 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 30 34:45 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 31 28:17 Read by Bill Boerst
Chapter 32 30:11 Read by Bill Boerst

Reviews

Pretty good

(3 stars)

The first chapter, read by Josh Smith, is difficult to get through, as it's read in one of those monotonous drones with no indication of punctuation or dialogue. However, the remaining 30+ chapters, read by Bill Boerst, are pretty good--not great but pretty good. There are some pronunciation problems and there's not much intonation, but it's a nice, straightforward reading.

Persevere to the 2nd chapter, its worth it.

(4 stars)

I wish there was two ratings, one for the book and another for the reader. The book's story its self I would rate 5 stars. I nearly passed it by due to the reader of the first chapter. There is a short reading before every chapter which is not part of the story directly, most are poetry on which to reflect the coming chapter. But I had no idea what was going on in chapter 1 for the first 4-5 minutes as he fumbles his words. His pronunciation is muddy, difficult to understand it times, and nearly monotone . I would have given two stars to the first chapter if rated it alone. Chapter 2 and on is much better as Bill Borst does a fairly decent job and is much easier to listen to, though I think the infection used for Deerslayer is a bit to "happy hillbilly". I always considered Nathaniel as a more focused serious sounding individual, but that is personal likings I think. So I give Bill 4 stars as this is a free recording and perfection is not to be expected.

Well read after the first chapter

(5 stars)

Bill Boerst ( apologizes if mis spelled) was the perfect voice, tone and accent to brink the legendary Hawkeye to life. Bravo sir, Bravo!! Keep in mind while you listen to this book, the ways of the time of its setting. They thought and acted differently than we do in our fast paced lives. I think that Mr. Boerst does a great job of capturing the time as well as the characters.

Excellent

(5 stars)

Bill Boerst reads James Fenimore Cooper so well. This first of the five Leatherstocking Tales is no exception. He brings the perfect reading voice. It’s too bad he didn’t read all of the other books (why?!?). Thankfully, he does not try to read with different voices. I think he got a little emotional toward the end of the narrative; his reading of it brought a tear to my eye! Good job, sir.

Natty Bumppo, Deer Slayer, Hawkeye.

(5 stars)

Wonderful tale of adventure and humananity. I highly recommend this and ALL James Fennimore Coopers' masterpieces. Narrator is excellent as he has a masterfull command on timing and inflection. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Great story, Great reading

(5 stars)

Commuting to and fro work was so nice with this book. I even stayed sitting in my car in my driveway after a long drive to hear more.

(5 stars)

just awesome...Great book well read by Bill borsche...hope I spelt his name right... but an awesome reader actually makes you feel like your actually there along with the characters..

(4 stars)

1st chapter is monotone and difficult to stay with but the second reader is excellent ,which is fortunate due to length of the adventure.