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Ride the Wind | [Lucia St. Clair Robson]

Ride the Wind

In 1836, when she was nine years old, Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped by Comanche Indians. This is the story of how she grew up with them, mastered their ways, married one of their leaders, and became, in every way, a Comanche woman. It is also the story of a proud and innocent people whose lives pulsed with the very heartbeat of the land. It is the story of a way of life that is gone forever.
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In 1836, when she was nine years old, Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped by Comanche Indians. This is the story of how she grew up with them, mastered their ways, married one of their leaders, and became, in every way, a Comanche woman. It is also the story of a proud and innocent people whose lives pulsed with the very heartbeat of the land. It is the story of a way of life that is gone forever.

©1985 Lucia St Clair Robson; (P)2009 Books In Motion

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    mamaD 07-31-10
    mamaD 07-31-10 Member Since 2008
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    "nice book but the narrator could be better."

    I liked the book but the narrator should not make so many people sould like a cranky old women, even young boy sounded like craky old women. She would have done better to NOT use that voice snd just read the book. The rest of the reading ws good except the Cranky Old Lady Voice she would do distracted from the story. Better book if rerecorded.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanette Jacksonville, NC, United States 04-26-10
    Jeanette Jacksonville, NC, United States 04-26-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A Great Journey of Love and Life..."

    This is one of the most emotional books I have come across in a long time. The story pulled me and my heart in. I dont think I have ever cried with both joy and sorrow in any book. This book did help you see what a world of difference there was between the White culture and the Indian culture. It is one book that I will come back to time and time again like a few others I listen to each year. If you liked this book you will also injoy Sara Donati Into the Wilderness Series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Ballwin, MO, United States 08-30-13
    Anne Ballwin, MO, United States 08-30-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Can't find anything to like"

    Cons:
    * The narration: It's way "over the top." No one speaks "normally." Why do some narrators feel that they can't just let the characters speak like humans when they are in human situations? They must ee-nun-seee-ayt like no actual human being ever does. And they emote! I am also finding her range not up to the task (so sort of wish she'd stop trying.) She has mean, hoarse-voiced man; child; adult woman and craggy old-person. I have been listening for six hours and would expect to be able to easily "hear" the various voices by now. Not this time. Because of her overblown, over-pronounced over-acting, I just can't get the rhythm of the narration.

    *The plot: So far, there doesn't appear to be one. The story involves (so far; I'm 6 hours into it) several white people kidnapped by Indians. This provides a vehicle for discussing Indian cultures. And that's fine as those parts are somewhat interesting, but I can't help wonder why the story is told from the POV of white people. But even then, there really is no plot to speak of. At least, not so far. Occasionally, something happens. That usually involves some really gruesome, highly detailed violence involving Indians doing horrible things to white people or to one another.

    Then they become all "Dances With Wolves" strong and noble, or lovely and romantic and dreamy again.

    *The characters are, so far, fairly one-dimensional, but I'm only (only!?) 6 hours into it, so maybe they will take on some depth at some point. Unfortunately, I won't be there to see it as I can't really stand it any more and I'm returning the book.

    Or, as the narrator might say, I can't (gasp) reeeeeleee STAND it (sob) any more. AND I (sob) AM re turn ing (voice quavering with tears) THE BOOK!!!

    Pros
    Learned some interesting things about how the Indians lived on the Plains. Tanning hides was HARD!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jodi United States 08-26-13
    Jodi United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow!"

    What a fantastic read!! This was such a phenomenal read. I was in tears in my bathroom so as not to freak out my kids. Just a wonderful read about those times...hands down loved this book...wonderful!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Putnam Valley, NY, United States 06-02-13
    Susan Putnam Valley, NY, United States 06-02-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Nope, didn't like it."
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    This book was recommended by a friend. She reads, not listens. I listen to books. I love audio books. I am up to Chapter 13 and am so bored, that I am not going to continue. I can't pay attention while I am listening and my mind wanders. The narrator is not good at all. Her voice just irks me. I don't mean to be so harsh, but that's just how I feel about this book. I'm waiting for it to get better, and it just doesn't seem to be doing that for me. So I am putting it down for now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Darling Eugene, OR USA 05-12-13
    C. Darling Eugene, OR USA 05-12-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Wonderful book. Disappointing narrator."
    What would have made Ride the Wind better?

    A better narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Laurie Klein’s performances?

    Never. Most of her characters sound like old crackly voiced codgers.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read this book about five times over the years and it has been one of my favorite books of all time. The beauty of the lives of native americans is expressed wonderfully in this book based on a true story. I was overjoyed when I saw that it was available at Audible Books. I ordered it immediately and couldn't wait to listen. I was so disappointed in the quality of the narrator chosen for this book that after the second chapter I'd had enough and quit listening. I wondered if it was just me and had a friend listen and she couldn't listen to anymore after 1 chapter. When I went back and read other reviews, there were several with the same complaint that I had. Please have another narrator read this book and keep it unabridged. You have so many talented readers that could do such a wonderful job. I am an avid reader and listener of your books with a long time membership with Audible Books. Please consider another narrator.

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    SunnySoCal Orange County, Ca 05-27-12
    SunnySoCal Orange County, Ca 05-27-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Love, Life, Changing times for the Indian People"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A great historical romance, of changing times for the Native Americans, it is a bit violent at times, ........ but all in all, is a great read...


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    Wanda Bismarck, ND, United States 08-27-11
    Wanda Bismarck, ND, United States 08-27-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Some things could be better"

    Liked the book but the narrator needs to find out how to pronounce certain words, like travois. It's not travwas but travoy. Good story anyway.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Misti Altamont, KS, USA 02-15-10
    Misti Altamont, KS, USA 02-15-10 Member Since 2009
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    "AMAZING BOOK!!!!!"

    This book is a great read for historical fiction lovers!!! A true look at the way of life for native americans!!!!

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    Lorraine PORTLAND, CT, United States 12-08-12
    Lorraine PORTLAND, CT, United States 12-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Held spellbound!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Couldn't read it fast enough. Each chapter left me wanting more. I felt like I was living alongside each character and felt their pain, joy, and sorrow. I whole heartedly recommend this book, it is a must read. Would love to see it played out on the "big" screen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ride the Wind?

    When Wanderer and Cynthia finally displayed their love for each other.


    What does Laurie Klein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Laurie is fantastic. Her voice brought the characters to life. She is so good you can actually tell the characters apart when they are having a conversation. One of the best readers I have heard.


    If you could take any character from Ride the Wind out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Wanderer. I would love to hear more about the indian way of life. They did not have it easy. He not only was a warrior but a compasonate caring person when he needed to be.


    Any additional comments?

    Just get the book. You will not be disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Ride the wind"

    this is a fantastic book,based real people and a true story, it has the ability to make you laugh with joy and cry with the injustice of how wicked the times were.It has an accurate history of the times with some brutal scenes woven through a love story between a white girl the comanche warrior who stole her and her comanche family.the narrator tells the story very well changing seemlessly between yong girl's voices and old comanche men.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
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    "Americas history written as a pulsating novel."
    Would you listen to Ride the Wind again? Why?

    Probably but the story line flowed so well it stays in the mind and I think I would prefer to listen to another book and rely on the very vivid memories of Ride the Wind.


    What other book might you compare Ride the Wind to, and why?

    To a certain extent it reminded me of Louis L'Amour's early work but this had a very female bias to it. The book works well enough for the adventure seeking reader (more likely to be men) but adds that romance and passion in a very rugged setting. A very well written novel with a Mills & Boon undertone.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Sort of but I thought she struggled with the male characters and sometimes created unfulfilled build ups yet under played the really exciting action (when the two warriors were captured by the cannibal tribe) but still very listenable.


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

    It was a page turner but not all at once it is 29 hours long!


    Any additional comments?

    A prequel would be interesting. A time with no white men, a time when the Indians had the place almost to themselves..........a take on the Jean Auel's Earth's Children novels.They are very definitely a female bias but still have a rip roaring adventure story to tell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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