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Follow the River Audiobook

Follow the River

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Publisher's Summary

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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    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 01-28-14
    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2010

    I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.

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    "Horrible treatment of a true story"

    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.

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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.

    9 of 14 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

    Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.

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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.

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    Sally Hyde 09-22-16
    Sally Hyde 09-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful book and fascinating story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Follow the River to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about David Drummond’s performance did you like?

    Yes, he did a very good job and just the right tempo for my taste.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Follow the River Home would be accurate and good.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the author's dedication to doing the story accurately! He did justice to the Mary Ingles & even Gretel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Cox San Diego, CA USA 08-12-16
    Michael Cox San Diego, CA USA 08-12-16 Member Since 2012

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    "A bit long"

    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

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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.

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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?!

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