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
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.
The story, perhaps. But the entire package, No.
No, it was a very complete depiction.
Written like a novel, it is in fact an historical account of a woman's capture and brave escape from the Choctaw Indians, circa 1752. I thought it was a VERY good story, interesting and captivating. I give it a three because the accurate depiction of her escape and sojourn back home was incredibly painful to read. My heart ached and I cried, and it went on Forever. Forever. She just kept suffering and it wore me down. I continued to read because I wanted her to get home safely, but it was torture for about five hours.
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.
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