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Out of the Darkness Audiobook

Out of the Darkness: The Story of Mary Ellen Wilson

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Publisher's Summary

In New York City, in April of 1874, a most unusual event took place. A severely abused nine-year-old girl named Mary Ellen Wilson became the first child in America to be rescued from an abusive home. She had been beaten, burned, slashed with scissors, locked in a closet, and had never been outside of her tenement home in over 7 years. Thanks to the concern and dedication of a missionary named Etta Wheeler, the child was finally saved from her cruel captors. Henry Bergh's ASPCA - yes, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - was instrumental in securing her rescue. When no other agencies would become involved, the ASPCA used its power and influence to not only save Mary Ellen, but to charter the first organization of its kind to prevent cruelty to children, the NYSPCC - the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. This book remains the only book that tells the dramatic story of Mary Ellen's life and rescue.

©Print Version: 1999 Audiobook: 2014 Dolphin Moon Publishing (P)2014 Dolphin Moon Publishing

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    Debra Cox 06-18-14
    Debra Cox 06-18-14

    LOVE MY KIDS!

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    "History, Human suffering, drama, all in one"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Out of the Darkness to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the characters were brought to life. The drama felt real. The descriptions of the living conditions, how people were treated, felt more intense.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Out of the Darkness?

    When Little Mary Ellen was being tortured by her "mama" and her "papa"... definitely got my heart racing wanting to know how she would be saved...I also was very angry when the horses were being mistreated... especially the one in the snow.


    What about Deb Thomas’s performance did you like?

    Characters were easy to differentiate. Felt like she was rooting for Mary Ellen, too. Her male voices were quite good! Also, you could feel the hatred and anger when she was voicing Mary Ellen's "MAMA"... a bit eerie...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    YES!... I cried and was very distraught at many points during this book. And I was elated when she was rescued, as well as heartbroken at her condition and her innocence of her own condition.


    Any additional comments?

    Great audio book! I especially liked the behind the scenes drama regarding the ASPCA, and how that pre dated the New York Children's Services. I can't imagine how children survived back then. Strong people.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nettie 04-26-15
    Nettie 04-26-15
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    "great book"

    I thought it was a great book .expect for the end which kinda was dragged out to long

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Nolen 03-25-15
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    "Great story."

    Although a very sad story, it was told really well & I found it hard to turn it off. Thoroughly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maria T. Halliday Vermilion, OH 01-05-15
    Maria T. Halliday Vermilion, OH 01-05-15

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    "Good narration"

    She did all different voices, which I enjoyed. I wish more time was spent on the story of Mary Ellen a bit more, but it was, overall, a good book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbra Guffee 06-25-14
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    "historical fiction"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes it was easy to listen to and kept my attention


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it was very easy to listen to. Some audio books can distract from the story.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    HB 04-29-16
    HB 04-29-16
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    "Worst narrator"

    Lady sounded like she was narrating the news. Weird /inaccurate/ inconsistent accents, such second hand embarrassment.

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    Tiana Dart 03-21-16
    Tiana Dart 03-21-16
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    "Amazing Story"

    As someone who was rescued from an abusive home, this story was especially great. Those of us who have been saved from childhoods similar to that of Mary Ellen's owe our "second lives" (as I refer to mine) to Henry Bergh, Etta Wheeler, and those alike who dedicate their time and hearts to help those in need.

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    Michelle A. Evans 02-10-16 Member Since 2015

    dandelion dreamer

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    "bad writing, bad performance"

    2 Dimensional characters and the narration is beyond bad. Accents are laughable and the characterizations are like some terrible cartoon.

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    D. DeVries Northwest, IN. 11-04-15
    D. DeVries Northwest, IN. 11-04-15 Member Since 2013

    I have a quilting business. Since I love to read, I cannot read a book and quilt at the same time. Now I can listen to books and quilt too.

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    "Humanity at it's worst and best."
    If you could sum up Out of the Darkness in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting - History - overcoming


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Many of her voices...I was not really happy with...too much...over acting...southern voices in New York...was out of place to me. Her narrating did not stop me from listening & enjoying the book...but some character voices became irritating to me.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a book that I did want to listen to all in one sitting...but it took two sittings. The writer had a lot of history..which some say dragged on, but I didn't feel that way. I enjoyed all of the book.

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    Jennifer 07-16-15
    Jennifer 07-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Captivating"

    Beyond the story of abuse lies the history of an intertwining of a love for animals and children alike. Excellent piece!

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