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Thieving Forest

Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
4 out of 5 stars (95 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

On a humid day in June 1806, on the edge of Ohio's Great Black Swamp, 17-year-old Susanna Quiner watches from behind a maple tree as a band of Potawatomi Indians kidnaps her four older sisters from their cabin. With both her parents dead and all the other settlers out in their fields, Susanna makes the rash decision to pursue them herself. What follows is a young woman's quest to find her sisters and the parallel story of her sisters' new lives. One sister is left for dead, and two others are traded to a band of Wyandots for the price of a horse.

Susanna spends the next five months searching for them, unaware that the man who loves her, Seth Spendlove, is also in pursuit. Part Potawatomi himself, Seth unwittingly sets off on his own quest to reclaim his heritage. He allies himself with a Potawatomi named Koman, and together they canoe through the Great Black Swamp and into enemy territory looking for Susanna. Surviving snake bite, near starvation, and captivity, Susanna transforms herself from the perennial younger sister to a capable young woman determined to find her family. Thieving Forest is a riveting novel that demonstrates the true wildness of the wilderness and the rugged perseverance of those who find themselves there.

©2014 Martha Conway (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A gripping journey through early 19th century America...a powerful tale of sisterhood and survival." (San Jose Mercury News)

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Skip the audiobook, read the real thing.

Would you consider the audio edition of Thieving Forest to be better than the print version?

I enjoyed the story very much, but it was very hard to get past the narration, it almost ruined this book for me. I almost want to read the actual book and hopefully fill in some of what I missed because the narrator was so distracting (in a bad way). I could NOT get past the narrator's girl voices for these young women. Simple sentences were delivered as whiny, borderline creepy and very irritating. I understand that in some instances, the protagonist was naive, but never whiny. I think there is a really solid, beautiful story here, but it is hard to find when listening to this as an audio book. Read the real thing instead.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Thieving Forest?

The relationship between self and surroundings.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Very poor voice-over choices for these young women in the story. It actually makes you physically uncomfortable with annoyance and anger at such odd voice choices.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A journey of redemption.

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Stupid

I listened to half, but I could not finish it. The Main characters are weak. The girls started as weak, independent girls and ended as controlled without amy ability to make decisions for themselves.

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Ecape the mundane Immerse into the roots of life.

loved this read. it was full of adventure and the characters were very well developed and unique. it was refreshing to read something that was not like the current trends.

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Enjoyed this story!

The narration and story are really good though not my typical choice. I am very glad I gave this one a chance however.

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  • Sandy
  • Norman, OK, United States
  • 02-10-19

5 stars

I don’t give 5 stars lightly but I think this one deserves it. If you like historical fiction, like the writings of Diana Gabaldon and Sara Donati, you will like this book!

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Amazing Story with Strong Women

I really enjoyed this book. some parts went on and on then the ending wrapped up quickly seemed rushed. But overall it was great in the narrator was pleasant to listen to. I especially love the historical information and the fact that the women survive without a man.

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A glimpse into a the past.

I've always enjoyed stories about the frontier days. This was really entertaining and informative. I learned a lot about life as a captive of the Indians, and the life of the native women themselves. After reading it, you may ask yourself who the real savages were.

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Great story enlivened by historical detail

Early Ohio history well researched and full of real people and their adventures. Worth reading.

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Trading in the old west

This book is excellent! Historical adventures and murder along the trail make this book exciting. I hope there will be more to this story.

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 01-11-17

Interesting Tale of Sisters Kidnapped by Indians

The youngest of five sisters, Susanna, watches as her four older sisters are taken by Potawatomi Indians in what is an unusual act of violence in the Ohio settlement where the family runs a a small store serving the community . . . the story is a long one, told simultaneously from each sister's point of view, whilst Seth Spendlove, pursues, Susanna . . . the two have grown up together . . . and he has long been in love with her . . . the wilderness changes the sisters in very unexpected ways . . . and nothing is the same after their capture . . . to me the story is a bit too long and the end is too rushed . . . although the resolution is satisfactory, more time should have been spent there, instead of on the long, tedious journey . . . that said, its a worthwhile listen . . .

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