Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
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.
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.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (true historical) - This is the story of Mary Ingles, a truly incredible woman. It begins with a brutal Indian raid on her pioneer settlement in Virginia where people are massacred and scalped. Pregnant Mary and her two sons are kidnapped and transported to an Indian village where they are held captive for several months, but Mary eventually manages to escape. Leaving her children behind, she begins a grueling 43-day trek 1,000 miles across the wilderness, with only the clothes on her back, a blanket, a knife, a tomahawk and a crazy old Dutch woman. The terrain is often mountainous and difficult, food is scarce and winter is approaching, but Mary is driven by a strong will to survive and to see her husband, Will, again. Her strength and courage is amazing and so is her story.
At the end of the book is a note from the author where he explains how he compiled his information to write this book, as well as some additional information. (And just FYI, this book is about Mary INGLES, not Mary INGALLS of Little House on the Prairie fame.)
PERFORMANCE - I can't quite understand why Audible chose a male to narrate the story of Mary Ingles. He tries his best to perform a female voice when she is supposed to be speaking but is not really able to inject proper emotion into that high voice. Sometimes the result is that she sounds too "perky" in what is otherwise a dire situation. Otherwise, he does a good job.
OVERALL - I'd recommend this book for adults who enjoy stories of pioneer America and don't mind listening to hours of hardship, challenge and suffering. I don't know why Audible suggests this book for teens. There are no teen characters and, while older teens could certainly hear this story, I don't think they'd enjoy it. There's a tad of profanity and no sexual acts, though there is discussion of potential Indian rape. Mary flashes back to passionate evenings with her husband, but they're described with almost no detail. The Indian raid at the beginning of the book is totally gross, and some of the treatment of the prisoners in the Indian village was very cruel as well.
I have listened to some amazing books but this story is the best ever.
Unbroken, The Invention of Wings because of the amazing people and their incredible strength which serve as models to us all.
He took me on the journey with Mary and made me feel as if I were there every moment.
Mary's last obstacle to climb in the snow with no clothing or tools.
I kept researching the story while I was reading it. I must have looked at Mary's trail of escape a dozen times to try and picture where on the map she was. She must have been the bravest most courageous woman or man in history. I don't think anyone could succeed as she did with those insurmountable obstacles.
Great story, but I couldn't stand the narration. Thom's voice is pleasant enough, but his pacing and cadence are completely wrong and very off-putting. He doesn't pause long enough when it's called for, nor does his delivery change when the story calls for it.
Because I was enjoying the story, I ended up getting the book on Kindle.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
This is a true story, out of the French and Indian war. It's well told but the movie of it was so much stronger. Somehow it did a better job of explaining the relationships that build between these very different people in a captive/captor situation.
It does some real explaining, though, of the attitudes on raiding/ kidnapping in early America. You may find they're not what you think they are. Interesting.
I did recommend this book more than once. What a story! Kept me interested from the beginning. Excellent writing . you could actually feel the pain of the characters .Also very good description of life in that time in history.
This book is spectacular and even more so because at the end of the book, the author relates how he researched the facts surrounding the kidnapping of the main character. This book is a testament to the power of love, of determination, of spirit. This book is a must.
The story was amazing both for the courage Mary had , and the writer wonderful ability to bring his characters to life. I could not stop listening, wonderfully.
Mary, for her stength of character and her will to live.
A story of the human spirit and will to live.
I would recomment this book to anyone who loves a really good story.