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
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.
Great listen! I loved that Thom put so much research into the book and opened up insight into what our country was really like during that time. Activists would like us to believe otherwise, but in reality life was hard, cruel and heartbreaking - for everyone. This book portrays strength, endurance and love so well.
I found myelf drawn into this story from the start with my interest held right down to the end of the epilogue. Mary Ingles was an amazing woman. Her courage and determination despite the formidable challenges were a constant inspiration. Fascinating insights into the history of USA early pioneers especially in relation to American Indian population.
Quality narration. well written. Well worth the credit :)
The historical facts woven in to the novel. The Authors note should be at the beginning instead of the end. This is based upon some factual data as well as folklore.
Caleb's Crossing, Cross cultural historical fiction.
Some of the graphic scenes I had to skip, but the character development was really exciting.
Dislike when narrator tries to put accents or voices on each character.
This book illustrates an essentially impossible journey, accomplished by a woman who attained a goal, a direction to steer toward, strength of soul, and the patience to keep placing one foot (or hand) in front of the other. Inspiring and humbling.
The strength of body and mind demonstrated by the early American pioneers is astounding. I will reflect on this woman's journey whenever I feel like complaining about my comparatively soft lot in 21st century life.
Mary is Indomitable.
Smooth character transitions.
It's amazing what this woman accomplished through will of spirit and desire for hearth, home and family, and a sense of purpose.
I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!
Mary Ingles and her two sons are kidnapped by indians and taken 1000 miles away into rugged and unchartered territory. Along the way she endures giving birth in a trail, starvation, brutality and finally making a choice that no mother wishes to make.. ( I wont spoil it)
She leaves the indian tribe and treks 1000miles back to her husband Will. The story is about human endurane - nothing spared, all her hardship narrated and her tenacity to reach home and her husband.
A realistic, well researched book that is gripping and made me take sharp intakes of breath as she trekked across 1000 miles of unchartered territory.
Its about faith, love, forgiveness and how we can survive - no matter what.
The characters were engaging and the story developed very quickly. I found myself horrified at Mary Ingalls' ordeal and wanted desperately for her to survive with her children. The first half of the story was filled with awful circumstances, but the strength of Mary's will was inspiring. But, somewhere deep in the second half of the book, it became excruciatingly boring. Too much detail about the trek back to her home left me wondering if I could even finish it. I found myself forwarding through entire sections to find the storyline.
The entire book was an amazing tale of the human spirit.
This was my first with him as narrator, but I really enjoyed his performance and will look for others by him.
It renewed a sense of pride in our forefathers and pilgrims here in America. Their strengths were tested on a daily basis and their sacrifice was very great.
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