I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
Can I give this negative stars? I wish I could. It doesn't belong in History or Historical Fiction. The way the author has treated this story makes it a good candidate for Romance. This book is based on the true story of one of history's most remarkable survivors. That the author found a need to put bodice ripper crap in it is criminal.
I would really love to see a serious non-fiction writer do this subject justice. Cut it by half, skip all the crap and go for facts. Mary Draper Ingles was an amazing woman. Someone needs to really tell her story. And when you're done, get a different narrator.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Mary Ingles is an inspiration of the possibilities of endurance of the human spirit. Victim of a brutal Shawnee attack in the summer of 1755 she is force marched from Virginia to Shawnee, Ohio while nine months pregnant giving birth on the trail. She is sold into slavery and taked to the area near Big Bone Lick State Park in Kentucky. Together with an old Dutch woman she escapes and begins a 1,000 mile trek home through unknown and hostile wilderness. In 43 harrowing days she goes from 125 pounds to under 80 pounds as she faces the elements, starvation, wild animals, hostile Indians, implacable nature, and a companion that turns cannibal. The reader shares the agony of the journey with Mary as she must go the final miles on her hands and knees. The most amazing thing about the story is it is true. Like his other historical novels Thom has done his research and he makes the history come alive for his reader.
David Drummond was inspirational with the delivery of the story.
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
A few spoilers, perhaps.
Mary Ingles' escape from the Shawnee Indians in 1755 is such an incredible true story. The beginning of her story is a tough read, as it describes an Indian massacre in detail. Although I thought I was prepared for this telling, it was still disturbing. Mary's time spent in captivity, although only several months, also is a fair chunk of the story, very interesting yet not quite as disturbing.
I was fascinated her trip to freedom. It is written in a manner that you feel you are right there with her day after tortuous day. The relationship that progressed between Mary and her companion, in all its developments, rang true and certainly seemed believable. It seemed the obstacles would never cease as Mary plodded along following various rivers, starving and naked. While the story sometimes seemed beyond belief, I have read other true survival tales and continue to be amazed at what a human body can go through when determined to survive.
I especially appreciated the author's comments at the end of the book.
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
I picked up this title on one of those $4.95 sales - now I know why it was on the cheap list. I was hoping for a historical American frontier tale of struggle and triumph mixed with charming bits of old-timey language and culture. I was disappointed. To be fair, I didn't make it all the way through but the combination of poor narration and weak writing did me in. I think the actual story behind it all is probably fascinating and worth hearing - I'm just not sure this book was the right container.
It's a bit long but full of actual details and well worth the listen. I think the print version would have done my patience and eyes in. The audible version was just perfect.
Mary Ingles -the actual heroine who survived an amazing 6 week struggle in the wilderness escaping from Indians who had captured her. Recalling the landscape details so she could re-trace her 1000 mile, six week journey home with no food or shelter. Loved the Author's notes about the actual facts of the story and how he re-traced her trail home. Great job by the Author.
Yes, he did a very good job and just the right tempo for my taste.
Follow the River Home would be accurate and good.
Loved the author's dedication to doing the story accurately! He did justice to the Mary Ingles & even Gretel.
I enjoyed it overall but I found it tended to become tedious and it began to wear me down and look forward to some kind of conclusion
I would recommend this to a friend because it's such a well-written story from a true adventure of a strong-willed woman. I had just finished The Revenant, and wanted to read another adventure story that was as good as The Revenant. I was so pleased with my choice, as Follow The River was just as good of a read. It was quite interesting to know how these women survived, on their own in the wilderness on their perilous journey.
I looked forward to the ending of the book because during the whole story, I was hoping to see Mary make it home... but when the ending finally came, I was disappointed that it was over because it was such a wonderful story.
The Revenant. Also a story based on the struggle of being left in the wilderness, fending for himself after a brutal bear attack and deserted by two members of his hunting group. His vengeance gave him his strength. Very well-written. If you've seen the film, the book is SO much better. One of the best books I've ever read.
Mary, of course... although Getel (Gretel) was also written very well.
Yes, but no. It gave me something to look forward to each day. I hated to see the story end.
The narrators comments at the end of the story explained a lot of things, including his sources.
My only complaint is that I felt the book was too long. The story is depressing, yet inspiring. I feel certain that I couldn't have made the decisions that Mary did. She was a very brave, strong woman with great determination. I cannot even imagine enduring half of what she overcame. Or what her family and others went through. This story was heart wrenching, but it was a good read.