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Follow the River Audiobook

Follow the River

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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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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 05-13-13
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 05-13-13 Member Since 2008

    Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.

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    "Worthwhile, amazing story you won't soon forget"

    A few spoilers, perhaps.

    Mary Ingles' escape from the Shawnee Indians in 1755 is such an incredible true story. The beginning of her story is a tough read, as it describes an Indian massacre in detail. Although I thought I was prepared for this telling, it was still disturbing. Mary's time spent in captivity, although only several months, also is a fair chunk of the story, very interesting yet not quite as disturbing.

    I was fascinated her trip to freedom. It is written in a manner that you feel you are right there with her day after tortuous day. The relationship that progressed between Mary and her companion, in all its developments, rang true and certainly seemed believable. It seemed the obstacles would never cease as Mary plodded along following various rivers, starving and naked. While the story sometimes seemed beyond belief, I have read other true survival tales and continue to be amazed at what a human body can go through when determined to survive.

    I especially appreciated the author's comments at the end of the book.

    Highly recommended.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 12-03-13
    Lia Sutton, Australia 12-03-13 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Amazing and Heartbreaking Story of Survival"

    Mary Ingles is an inspiration of the possibilities of endurance of the human spirit. Victim of a brutal Shawnee attack in the summer of 1755 she is force marched from Virginia to Shawnee, Ohio while nine months pregnant giving birth on the trail. She is sold into slavery and taked to the area near Big Bone Lick State Park in Kentucky. Together with an old Dutch woman she escapes and begins a 1,000 mile trek home through unknown and hostile wilderness. In 43 harrowing days she goes from 125 pounds to under 80 pounds as she faces the elements, starvation, wild animals, hostile Indians, implacable nature, and a companion that turns cannibal. The reader shares the agony of the journey with Mary as she must go the final miles on her hands and knees. The most amazing thing about the story is it is true. Like his other historical novels Thom has done his research and he makes the history come alive for his reader.
    David Drummond was inspirational with the delivery of the story.

    12 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Sher from Provo Utah 03-16-14
    Sher from Provo Utah 03-16-14 Member Since 2015

    Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.

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    "Wow! Based on a true story."

    Wow! What a story! I was completely caught up in this story for most of the book. I was a bit surprised to find, after I had read the whole thing, that this story is based on fact. That makes it all the more amazing. Mr. Thom did so much great research on this story and then put together a compelling work of fact fleshed out by his own imagination. He lost me a little bit when the character Mary climbed over mountains for several days in a row stark naked in freezing weather with no food. I kept thinking, "If it is so cold that a rock cannot be budged from the frozen ground, surely this naked woman cannot survive for more than several hours without any kind of shelter and no food for any kind of energy." But survive she did. I also found myself thinking that with a river running right by her and a whole forest on both sides, surely a woman as smart and resourceful as she was could figure out a way to find food, start a fire (although understandably she did not want to so she wouldn't be found) and make herself some kind of covering. But even with that inconsistency, I really enjoyed the story. **Semi-spoiler alert:** I do have to add that I understand why she left, but will never understand how she could leave her children. Perhaps she intended to go back after them, but that did not happen.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 01-28-14
    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2010

    I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.

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    "Horrible treatment of a true story"

    Can I give this negative stars? I wish I could. It doesn't belong in History or Historical Fiction. The way the author has treated this story makes it a good candidate for Romance. This book is based on the true story of one of history's most remarkable survivors. That the author found a need to put bodice ripper crap in it is criminal.

    I would really love to see a serious non-fiction writer do this subject justice. Cut it by half, skip all the crap and go for facts. Mary Draper Ingles was an amazing woman. Someone needs to really tell her story. And when you're done, get a different narrator.

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    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 09-14-13
    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 09-14-13 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit

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    "I got it on sale - save your credit"

    I picked up this title on one of those $4.95 sales - now I know why it was on the cheap list. I was hoping for a historical American frontier tale of struggle and triumph mixed with charming bits of old-timey language and culture. I was disappointed. To be fair, I didn't make it all the way through but the combination of poor narration and weak writing did me in. I think the actual story behind it all is probably fascinating and worth hearing - I'm just not sure this book was the right container.

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    PAUL surprise, az, United States 08-04-17
    PAUL surprise, az, United States 08-04-17 Member Since 2011

    my ipod and audible make the daily 10 mile walks a "breeze"....

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    "WOW!!!...What an ordeal"
    Would you listen to Follow the River again? Why?

    Yes and plan to in the near future.....Hard to believe the ordeal and hardship .....


    What did you like best about this story?

    The human spirit to survive in the face of all odds.


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

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO...but I could.


    Any additional comments?

    I walk a lot ...5-8 miles a day....this book made me want to keep walking...and walking...and walking.....the miles just flew by!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anna 07-10-17
    Anna 07-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredible"

    I'm always interested in historical novels based out of the Appalachian area. I was impressed with the care this author took to represent the Drapers and incidents that took place in their lives. Fascinating book.

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    Marie Therese Olson MONTROSE, MN, US 06-27-17
    Marie Therese Olson MONTROSE, MN, US 06-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good book"

    The book was very good although sometimes the story got lost in the descriptive detail.

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    Cynthia L. Van Dam New Orleans, LA USA 06-26-17
    Cynthia L. Van Dam New Orleans, LA USA 06-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    This book is definitely worth the time and cost. The author writes well well researched, dramatic story of sacrifice and courage. The narrator makes it come alive

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    Kimberly 06-22-17
    Kimberly 06-22-17
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    "so compelling and well written"
    Where does Follow the River rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of my recent favorites- performance of narrator was excellent- there were many difficult voices to do


    What did you like best about this story?

    history, story of a woman's incredible guts and determination


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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