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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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Awesome

Thom did an awesome job with telling the story of Mary Ingles. We listened to the story as we traveled from Northern KY to Blacksburg Virginia. We are amazing she took the same journey by foot. What an great story of perseverance and Faith!

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Unbelievable!

How someone could survive on sheer will and determination is unbelievable and yet the author helps us to walk through this journey with Mary!

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Unbelievable

This story was told beautifully. All the hard days Mary lived through were amazing. I will recommend this book to many people. Her spirit to get home and survive tells me that she was a strong woman in body and soul.

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Excellent story of survival

With all of the detail and what would seem like monotony, this book was actually quite compelling. To know that it is based on a true survival story makes it even more impressive.
The narration was disappointing and was glad I could tolerate it enough to keep listening. The narration of dialogue and the main character's thoughts seemed forced, unnatural, caricatured. The narration of other content was fine. Wish more of this author's work was available.

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An unforgettable story

I read this book many years ago and absolutely loved it and have kept it on my bookshelf since then to retread it. However, when I saw the audible version, I decided to but it and just listen to the story once again. This amazing and true story is incredibly well written and gripping in its intensity, and the narration is superb. The audible version does not disappoint and it is a book I will listen to and/or read again. I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in history or the triumph of the human spirit over adversity and suffering. A great listen!

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Incredible story

What an incredible story! I enjoy hiking the forests if the Adirondacks and I tried to imagine the reality of this story and the depths it would take a soul to suffer and survive such an ordeal!! I am in awe of course! But I'm grateful the tale continues on! We all could learn a lot from her determination to not only get back to her husband but to continue and find her family! I especially loved the narration of this tragedy! Without his wonderful sounds of the Dutch woman crying for Mary or the thoughts Mary rumbled in her mind, I would not have felt as connected to the story! Great job by all involved to make this story come to life! I highly recommend!

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Gripping

Very well written and narrated - enjoyed the fact that it was based on a true story and the characterisation was great. The relationship between Mary and Betty, and Mary and Gretel, were both very captivating.
Highly recommend.

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SPELLBINDING!

Seems very unlikely that this story could have happened as written, however it certainly is a testimony to human endurance and determination. The story captured our attention from beginning to the very end – and I wouldn't mind listening to it again as we listened in broken segments over several weeks. The narrator was very easy to understand.

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Wish the narrator had been a woman

Interesting read but it was disconcerting to have a woman's story detailing all of her thoughts and feelings read by a man. I would have enjoyed the whole experience much more if it had been read by a woman.

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Gripping and fascinating

I was totally drawn into this story - the narrator did an excellent job to keep my attention. Do not start this book unless you have time to finish it: very difficult to put down