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 have listened to some amazing books but this story is the best ever.
Unbroken, The Invention of Wings because of the amazing people and their incredible strength which serve as models to us all.
He took me on the journey with Mary and made me feel as if I were there every moment.
Mary's last obstacle to climb in the snow with no clothing or tools.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's a truly epic journey and gripping survival story. Mary's ability to survive her hellish ordeal was almost super-human and definitely inspiring, BUT...be warned - it's quite relentlessly grim and harrowing.
I kept waiting for the small triumphs to come, maybe catching a fish just once, or finding some moss or bark or leaves they could make something out of, but once they were on the trail there were very few light moments or any relief from the constant grimness.
And that was after the gruesome brutality of the Indian attack and captivity.
But if you can handle that - definitely recommended as an epic story of survival against all odds, and makes you very grateful for every small comfort - like food, warmth, clothes, river bridges...
The ending was really great, a long epilogue covering what happened to Mary and her family afterwards which was very satisfying to hear, and put it into context with the history of the time and place. You don't always get that and I really appreciated it.
I enjoyed the book, even though I skipped through some of the long-winded descriptions of the journey back home in the middle of the book. I realize that the author had to add these descriptions to to emphasize how difficult and challenging the journey must have been, but personally I felt that it did not add much to the story.
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