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Follow the River Audiobook
Follow the River
Written by: 
James Alexander Thom
Narrated by: 
David Drummond
Follow the River Audiobook

Follow the River

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Mary Ingles was 23, happily married, and pregnant with her third child when Shawnee Indians invaded her peaceful Virginia settlement in 1755 and kidnapped her, leaving behind a bloody massacre. For months they held her captive. But nothing could imprison her spirit.

With the rushing Ohio River as her guide, Mary Ingles walked one thousand miles through an untamed wilderness no white woman had ever seen. Her story lives on - extraordinary testimony to the indomitable strength of one pioneer woman who risked her life to return to her own people.

©1981 James A. Thom (P)2010 Tantor

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    Sher from Provo Utah 03-16-14
    Sher from Provo Utah 03-16-14 Member Since 2015

    Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.

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    "Wow! Based on a true story."

    Wow! What a story! I was completely caught up in this story for most of the book. I was a bit surprised to find, after I had read the whole thing, that this story is based on fact. That makes it all the more amazing. Mr. Thom did so much great research on this story and then put together a compelling work of fact fleshed out by his own imagination. He lost me a little bit when the character Mary climbed over mountains for several days in a row stark naked in freezing weather with no food. I kept thinking, "If it is so cold that a rock cannot be budged from the frozen ground, surely this naked woman cannot survive for more than several hours without any kind of shelter and no food for any kind of energy." But survive she did. I also found myself thinking that with a river running right by her and a whole forest on both sides, surely a woman as smart and resourceful as she was could figure out a way to find food, start a fire (although understandably she did not want to so she wouldn't be found) and make herself some kind of covering. But even with that inconsistency, I really enjoyed the story. **Semi-spoiler alert:** I do have to add that I understand why she left, but will never understand how she could leave her children. Perhaps she intended to go back after them, but that did not happen.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Alison GRANADA HILLS, CA, United States 11-18-13
    Alison GRANADA HILLS, CA, United States 11-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A bit too painful..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The story, perhaps. But the entire package, No.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Drummond?

    A woman.


    Do you think Follow the River needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, it was a very complete depiction.


    Any additional comments?

    Written like a novel, it is in fact an historical account of a woman's capture and brave escape from the Choctaw Indians, circa 1752. I thought it was a VERY good story, interesting and captivating. I give it a three because the accurate depiction of her escape and sojourn back home was incredibly painful to read. My heart ached and I cried, and it went on Forever. Forever. She just kept suffering and it wore me down. I continued to read because I wanted her to get home safely, but it was torture for about five hours.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 05-13-13
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 05-13-13 Member Since 2008

    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

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    "Worthwhile, amazing story you won't soon forget"

    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.

    Highly recommended.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 09-14-13
    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 09-14-13 Member Since 2009

    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

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    "I got it on sale - save your 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.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 12-03-13
    Lia Sutton, Australia 12-03-13 Member Since 2009

    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!

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    "Amazing and Heartbreaking Story of Survival"

    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.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Marcus Manley 06-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Favorite story, well done"

    This is one of my favorite novels of all, and I was nervous to purchase the audio version. I was not disappointed at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    June Bug 05-23-16
    June Bug 05-23-16
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    "Wonderful. Capitivating."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Follow the River to and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by David Drummond – was your favorite?

    Mary, of course... although Getel (Gretel) was also written very well.


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

    Yes, but no. It gave me something to look forward to each day. I hated to see the story end.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrators comments at the end of the story explained a lot of things, including his sources.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angela M. Dokos Georgia 04-08-16
    Angela M. Dokos Georgia 04-08-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Inspiring, but devastating"

    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.

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    Jodi Hoel 03-21-16
    Jodi Hoel 03-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Riveting story, could not put this down!"

    This woman was captured beautifully, and the author did the gorgeous VA, and WV valleys their due diligence?!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S.M. Waldron Norfolk, VA, US 11-28-15
    S.M. Waldron Norfolk, VA, US 11-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "One of my favorite books ever."

    I actually read the book 2 times before seeing that it was on Audible. I was fascinated once again by this brave woman's real adventure all over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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