The Spy


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(4.2 stars; 97 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 (1969-2023)
Chapter 3 31:48 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Chapter 4 36:41 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
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

waste of my time


(1 stars)

this book has a terrible writing style way to hard to understand what is going on through most of the story >:(

A little hard to follow…


(3.5 stars)

This might be an excellent book for a single reader to take on someday and make a second version. The reason is, this book is a bit hard to follow with the voice and sound quality changes. That being said, thank you narrators for you time- I greatly appreciate all you do. Your volunteer readings give me hours of pleasure. As for the actual book, it’s a bit melodramatic in sections—-swooning females, death bed revelations, a dastardly bridegroom. I wanted to tell a few of the woman to “pull yourself together!” Lol. Worth a listen to if you want to say you’ve read some Fenimore Cooper.

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.

Interesting read


(4 stars)

The story may not be riveting but it gives an interesting glimpse into the complex political stituation of the American war of Independence. The majority of the readers are very good. You may want to get used to the word "female" being employed to designate women and girls...


(2 stars)

a story about a double agent whose boss wants him executed that refuses a pitiful pay and then hides from society as a penniless tramp. As if governments just use their momentary hero's then promptly cast them out with a soul full post trauma?


(0.5 stars)

The reading style of the readers what is slow and disturbing. Could not get past chapter 2. I wish the book had better readers

Brilliantly written epic re American war of independence .


(5 stars)