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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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    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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    Mimi-OV Norfolk, VA, US 11-28-15
    Mimi-OV 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.

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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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