Flight of the Sparrow

A Novel of Early America
Narrated by: Heather Henderson
Length: 11 hrs
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She suspects that she has changed too much to ever fit easily into English society again. The wilderness has now become her home. She can interpret the cries of birds. She has seen vistas that have stolen away her breath. She has learned to live in a new, free way…

Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1676. Even before Mary Rowlandson was captured by Indians on a winter day of violence and terror, she sometimes found herself in conflict with her rigid Puritan community. Now, her home destroyed, her children lost to her, she has been sold into the service of a powerful woman tribal leader and made a pawn in the ongoing bloody struggle between English settlers and native people. Battling cold, hunger, and exhaustion, Mary witnesses harrowing brutality but also unexpected kindness. To her confused surprise, she is drawn to her captors' open and straightforward way of life - a feeling further complicated by her attraction to a generous, protective English-speaking native known as James Printer. All her life, Mary has been taught to fear God, submit to her husband, and abhor Indians. Now, having lived on the other side of the forest, she begins to question the edicts that have guided her, torn between the life she knew and the wisdom the natives have shown her.

Based on the compelling true narrative of Mary Rowlandson, Flight of the Sparrow is an evocative tale that transports the listener to a little-known time in early America and explores the real meanings of freedom, faith, and acceptance.

©2014 Amy Belding Brown (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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A Heartbreaking Chapter in American History

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to a friend, first because it is a gripping and enjoyable story and secondly because few people are even aware of this particular historical series of events.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the accuracy of the history, as the author closely followed the facts of Mary Rowlandson's life and accurately portrayed the background realities of everyday life in early colonial times.

What about Heather Henderson’s performance did you like?

Heather Henderson was perfect for this story. The tone and cadence of her voice fit well with the historical context of the novel.

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

This book made me feel sad for the tragic treatment of the English to the Indian population and the desperate ruthlessness of the Indians in response. It is sad that the blindness of fanatical religious beliefs (in my opinion) caused the English to look on the native people as savages rather than as fellow human beings worthy of respect.

Any additional comments?

The author brought the historical person of Mary Rowlandson and her family to life and told a true-to-life tale that could well have been an accurate portrayal, even taking the fictional parts of the story into account. I enjoyed this book very much and am now interested in learning more about the King Phillips War, which seems to be a largely forgotten period in history.

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Simple

The story was simple - not very deep in drama, emotion or character development. Not sure I'd recommend unless you want something very light.

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Puritan woman changed by captivity

interesting character study, Mary questions some tenets of her Puritan faith, but after a brutal Indian attack results in death for some, and her and her children's capture, she changes forever. kind of preachy but great story.

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Enjoyable story and it made me think

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the historical information about life in the colonial period from just the tasks of daily life to the attitudes and ideas about politics, women's roles and rights, family relationships, etc... I found the journey Mary goes through as she is forced to look at the ideas and beliefs she has always taken for granted thought provoking for myself and I found myself wondering what outcome to root for as the story progressed and feeling conflicted as she was conflicted. Enjoyable story, I think this would be great for a book group to read and discuss.

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Ending very disappointing

Story was interesting and pointed out a lot about life with the Puritans and the Indians at the time. A good history lesson. Even Mary was a woman of courage at the end of the book she lost the courage to defend her story.

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Cannot listen to this Audiobook

Author speaks too quickly. Sound quality is very poor when I selected the slower pace. Cannot possibly listen to this person reading.
Please let me exchange for a different person reading or the version I read myself!
Help!

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not for me

my understanding is that this book was written following a diary...if that is the case, i guess you can't veer from the story line. it was not a fave, but many in book club enjoyed it very much.

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Disappointing

Not the story I thought it would be. While I understand neither white men nor native Americans totally good or totally evil the books negative portrayal of the Christian faith was difficult to listen to.

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Good book, TERRIBLE production!

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The first syllable is dropped at the beginning of every section and chapter! Worst editing EVER.

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Excellent

Beautifully written! The descriptions were so detailed I could feel them in my heart. Narration was wonderful...there could not be a better narrator for this story. The historically accurate account left me wanting to know more of Puritan life in early America.