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Follow the River | [James Alexander Thom]

Follow the River

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.
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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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    cynthia Wakefield, RI, United States 06-28-14
    cynthia 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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    Nancy L. Holland 05-07-14 Member 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 Ballinger, TX, United States 05-06-14
    dorothy Ballinger, TX, United States 05-06-14 Member Since 2011
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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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    Amazon Customer VANCOUVER, WA, United States 04-24-14
    Amazon Customer VANCOUVER, WA, United States 04-24-14 Member Since 2013
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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.

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    Patricia A. Martens Illinois, USA 04-06-14
    Patricia A. Martens Illinois, USA 04-06-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Heroic Tale"
    What did you love best about Follow the River?

    It gave me a glimpse at the lives of the pioneers of this nation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was an excellent story - kept me rivoted for hours.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Mary made it across the mountain, naked, starving, and near death and was nearly shot by the farmer and his sons.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried with Mary when she gave up her baby and again when she made it across the mountain.


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent read - I would suggest it highly.

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    Can't just sit and listen VA 03-04-14

    I like to listen while I exercise, do housework, knit, etc., so I usually prefer a light read for an audiobook.

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    "Interesting and compelling"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Follow the River?

    The heroine being able to survive the winter in West Virginia with very little food and virtually no cover.


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    N. Sundberg Mpls MN 02-05-14
    N. Sundberg Mpls MN 02-05-14 Member Since 2012

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    "great adventure"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Follow the River to be better than the print version?

    Perhaps, but just different when listening. You can picture it easier.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the author's descriptions, even though some were gruesome, it made it true to life.


    Which character – as performed by David Drummond – was your favorite?

    Mary, of course and Ghetl.


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

    The last chapter.


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    Joyce Lenora, KS, United States 02-05-14
    Joyce Lenora, KS, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Repetitive discriptions of day to day to day to..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Actual historic trials. Still too lengthy in the description for a good book.


    Have you listened to any of David Drummond’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure.


    Could you see Follow the River being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    When a reader feels the need to fast forward (a few times). It is a bad sign.

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    C. Bolliger Boise, ID 01-27-14
    C. Bolliger Boise, ID 01-27-14 Member Since 2011

    Madam C

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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.

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