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Follow the River Audiobook

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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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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    NatesNana 10-18-13
    NatesNana 10-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Inspiring story"

    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 :)

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    Julia 10-01-13
    Julia 10-01-13
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    "Could not stop listening!"
    What made the experience of listening to Follow the River the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Follow the River to and why?

    Caleb's Crossing, Cross cultural historical fiction.


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

    Some of the graphic scenes I had to skip, but the character development was really exciting.


    Any additional comments?

    Dislike when narrator tries to put accents or voices on each character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 09-29-13
    Chris 09-29-13
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    "An incredible story based on historical accounts"

    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.

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    2scribes 09-28-13
    2scribes 09-28-13

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    "Fascinating and Inspiring"
    If you could sum up Follow the River in three words, what would they be?

    Mary is Indomitable.


    What about David Drummond’s performance did you like?

    Smooth character transitions.


    Any additional comments?

    It's amazing what this woman accomplished through will of spirit and desire for hearth, home and family, and a sense of purpose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 09-23-13
    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 09-23-13 Member Since 2010

    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!

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    "We never know what the human spirit can endure!"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jorjeana 09-19-13
    Jorjeana 09-19-13
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    "Amazing story, but just a little too long."
    What did you like best about Follow the River? What did you like least?

    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.


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

    The entire book was an amazing tale of the human spirit.


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

    This was my first with him as narrator, but I really enjoyed his performance and will look for others by him.


    Did Follow the River inspire you to do anything?

    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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Toby Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada 06-24-12
    Toby Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada 06-24-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Unforgettable story of a woman's fight to get home"

    I thought that the story seemed a bit far-fetched at first, until I read that it was based on a true story! That is almost impossible to believe, but apparently this woman did survive this trek across the wilderness. Can be a little hard to read at times (i.e. the descriptions of the hardships she faced), but it is an amazing story of this woman's fortitude and sense of direction! :-)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kaylyn Eagle Mountain, UT, United States 03-06-12
    Kaylyn Eagle Mountain, UT, United States 03-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book is amazing because it is a true story, but it was a bit drawn out and boring at times. I found myself wishing the author would get on with it. It was alright. I didn't love it, but I had to finish listening to see how it ended. The human spirit is amazing. The narrator was excellent.


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    Sandy 04-28-15
    Sandy 04-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Touching read"

    Great story - I had read the book years a go - listening to it this time was a refreshing treat - the performance was very well done.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Penny 04-16-15
    Penny 04-16-15
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    "Incredible escape, fantastic story"

    This true story is the best audio book I've ever listened to! I would have loved to meet Nary Ingles.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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