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
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.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mary, for her stength of character and her will to live.
A story of the human spirit and will to live.
I would recomment this book to anyone who loves a really good story.
It gave me a glimpse at the lives of the pioneers of this nation.
It was an excellent story - kept me rivoted for hours.
When Mary made it across the mountain, naked, starving, and near death and was nearly shot by the farmer and his sons.
I cried with Mary when she gave up her baby and again when she made it across the mountain.
An excellent read - I would suggest it highly.
I like to listen while I exercise, do housework, knit, etc., so I usually prefer a light read for an audiobook.
I have recommended it several times. I first read it many, many years ago, but the based-on-reality story is still compelling and inspiring.
The heroine being able to survive the winter in West Virginia with very little food and virtually no cover.
Perhaps, but just different when listening. You can picture it easier.
the author's descriptions, even though some were gruesome, it made it true to life.
Mary, of course and Ghetl.
The last chapter.
Actual historic trials. Still too lengthy in the description for a good book.
When a reader feels the need to fast forward (a few times). It is a bad sign.
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.
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