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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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    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.

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    Ginger 07-23-14
    Ginger 07-23-14
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    "I actually cried when it was over."
    Where does Follow the River rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to some amazing books but this story is the best ever.


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

    Unbroken, The Invention of Wings because of the amazing people and their incredible strength which serve as models to us all.


    What about David Drummond’s performance did you like?

    He took me on the journey with Mary and made me feel as if I were there every moment.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Mary's last obstacle to climb in the snow with no clothing or tools.


    Any additional comments?

    I kept researching the story while I was reading it. I must have looked at Mary's trail of escape a dozen times to try and picture where on the map she was. She must have been the bravest most courageous woman or man in history. I don't think anyone could succeed as she did with those insurmountable obstacles.

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    Fidge Wakefield, RI, United States 06-28-14
    Fidge Wakefield, RI, United States 06-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "An unfortunate mismatch"

    Great story, but I couldn't stand the narration. Thom's voice is pleasant enough, but his pacing and cadence are completely wrong and very off-putting. He doesn't pause long enough when it's called for, nor does his delivery change when the story calls for it.

    Because I was enjoying the story, I ended up getting the book on Kindle.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 05-08-14
    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 05-08-14 Member Since 2008

    I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.

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    "The movie was better"

    This is a true story, out of the French and Indian war. It's well told but the movie of it was so much stronger. Somehow it did a better job of explaining the relationships that build between these very different people in a captive/captor situation.
    It does some real explaining, though, of the attitudes on raiding/ kidnapping in early America. You may find they're not what you think they are. Interesting.

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    Amazon Customer 05-07-14 Listener Since 2009
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    "wow!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I did recommend this book more than once. What a story! Kept me interested from the beginning. Excellent writing . you could actually feel the pain of the characters .Also very good description of life in that time in history.


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    dorothy 05-06-14
    dorothy 05-06-14
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    "Outstanding"
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    This book is spectacular and even more so because at the end of the book, the author relates how he researched the facts surrounding the kidnapping of the main character. This book is a testament to the power of love, of determination, of spirit. This book is a must.

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    rossanne cook 04-24-14
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    "What an amazing story of strength and courage"
    What made the experience of listening to Follow the River the most enjoyable?

    The story was amazing both for the courage Mary had , and the writer wonderful ability to bring his characters to life. I could not stop listening, wonderfully.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mary, for her stength of character and her will to live.


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

    A story of the human spirit and will to live.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recomment this book to anyone who loves a really good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Bolliger Boise, ID 01-27-14
    C. Bolliger Boise, ID 01-27-14

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    "Amazing"

    This book was more raw than I expected, some of the events that happened were so horrific that they were almost hard to listen to. As I listened to it I just couldn't help but marvel that this is based on a real story, what a strong woman! The narrator did a great job with the voices, especially an Irish woman's voice. I loved everything about it and would recommend it to anyone interested in a woman's struggle for freedom and respect.

    1 of 2 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 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-11-13
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    "Love historical novels!"

    This is, in many ways, difficult to listen to....it is hard to realize that people actually went through all this hardship. This is based upon the life of Mary Wilder of Virginia. The story is told from Ms. Wilder's viewpoint of her hardships during her journey into captivity and back to her family. In order to survive she had to leave her baby who was born on the harrowing journey as a slave/captive, with a woman who loved her, and her older son, who was adopted by the Indian chief (her younger son died early on). I could barely stand to turn the book off to sleep. I understand why she left her children but I doubt I would have made that same choice. She knew that in order to survive she would likely almost be starving by the time she got back to her people, over a thousand miles of traveling by foot, and that her children had a better chance of survival if they stayed. I cannot even imagine how hard that must have been for her to do....she even wrote later that she had to harden her heart in order to leave them behind.

    It never ceases to amaze me how resilient people are and how they can overcome some of the most excruciatingly difficult challenges. If you like historical novels based on read events you will...enjoy is not the right word...but you will be glad you listened.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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