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
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
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.
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.
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
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.
This book was written in 1981 and I read it when it first came out. I just listened to the Audio book again. The story still leaves me saying "wow." Mary Ingles, a pre-Revolutionary frontier woman is kidnapped by Shawnee raiders and taken hundreds of miles west to a Shawnee village. She spends about three months there before capturing an opportunity to escape. Thom brings her return ordeal to vivid life as she walks a thousand miles without weapons or provisions to get back home.
I'm a lover of people and their stories. The good and bad, the triumph and tragedy of the human experience.
The narrator spurs your imagination on from the beginning. His perfectly timed pauses, cadences ofemotion and even shouting at times makes an exciting story come to life.
This book, based on historical events has been expertly embellished to capture the heroine in brutal, raw, emotional detail and narrative.
Highly recommended to those who enjoy long epic tales. This is the kind of story that sticks in your mind and gut for days and weeks after the book ends.
I have wanted to read this forever. Any book that is still on bookstore shelves this many years after publication is usually there for a good reason. This one is no exception. It is not an easy book because the suffering these characters went through is beyond my imagination in my comfy house. I am glad her story still lives to remind us of what people went through as they built our country.
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.
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.
Yes, he did a very good job and just the right tempo for my taste.
Follow the River Home would be accurate and good.
Loved the author's dedication to doing the story accurately! He did justice to the Mary Ingles & even Gretel.
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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