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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,363 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Alexander Thom Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN: 9781400189977
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Mary Ingles was twenty-three, 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 2/18/2014

    " Wow, what a story! Well written and well researched true story of a woman captured by Indians in the late 1700's. It's the story of her escape and all the details. The last page is a real tear jerker so have the tissues near by. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay Carrington | 2/17/2014

    " This is a remarkable story about a women's desire and sturggles to return to her husband after being kidnapped by Native Americans. The first part of it is a little graphic, but isn't so the rest of the book. I love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Taylor | 2/15/2014

    " This book was very descriptive. I was advised to skip the Indian massacre at the beginning of the book. it was very graphic, and yet it helped me to understand the drive that Mary had to escape the savages and return to her husband. This was a book that I looked forward to reading each night, excited to be enthralled by the adventure and fortitude of Mary as she journeyed along the river. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 2/12/2014

    " What a tough gal! I liked it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aileen | 2/10/2014

    " This was an amazing recollection of the trials of Mary Ingles. She had spirit and guts! And the detail of the early settlers world was riveting. I didn't want to put this book down because of the need to know what was going to happen next. It is a long story and may seem daunting in size, but you will make quick progress of each page. This author has made the reading so enjoyable and interesting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 2/7/2014

    " I loved the dynamics between Ghetel and Mary! So funny. A great story of survival and strong resilient women. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arlene Allen | 2/2/2014

    " I read this book while waiting to see the Police in concert at the Orange Bowl. I actually remember this one, about a white woman kidnapped by Indians, who escapes and makes her way back home to her family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 2/1/2014

    " This is one of my all time favorite book. It's a story of a young girl who was captured by Indians and her journey with them and back as she follows the river home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha | 1/26/2014

    " Great book. Women can do anything they put their mind to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 1/20/2014

    " Excellent book! The scene at the beginning was pretty tough to deal with, but the fact that this is based on a true story is remarkable. A great Indiana writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie | 1/17/2014

    " I just remembered that I read this book about 10 years ago. I remember that it was a really great book and that I cried a lot. I remember recommending it to other people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faith Castillo | 12/29/2013

    " I read this book in 1982 and I still remember it!!! Great book and Thoms other books are good also. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maren Erickson | 12/21/2013

    " Because of the violence and painfully detailed landscape descriptions, this book was difficult to get through, but I am glad I read it because I find the story very inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/15/2013

    " This book was amazing and haunting. I couldn't believe it was based on true events! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 12/11/2013

    " Never would I have been able to do what Mary Ingles did....incredible "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alayne Rasmussen | 12/6/2013

    " One of the best books I've ever read. I couldn't put it down and can't stop thinking about this book long after I've read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lora | 5/26/2013

    " This is a book about a woman who is captured by the indians and espcapes. She follows the river to get home all alone, in the cold without food not even knowing where she is to start with. This is a true story and it's unblievable what this woman goes through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Ostrom | 3/29/2013

    " Wonderful story; well written; interesting; couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ali Bailey | 7/8/2012

    " I first saw this book on a camping trip when I was a little girl. My Mom was reading it and I was captivated by the title. After reading the book, I am still captivated by the story. An "extraordinary testimony to the indomitable strength of one pioneer woman" as the jacket cover says, and I agree. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra Nixon | 4/16/2012

    " The best part about this book is that it is based on an unbelievable true story. I keep thinking about it...could i have done what she did? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathi | 3/11/2012

    " Based on a true story, this harrowing account was just too darned harrowing for me. I only finished it because it was a book club read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca | 1/3/2012

    " This book was borrowed from my mom's friend. She had passed it among her sisters and friends. By the time the book got to me it was nearly falling apart because it had been so loved. Great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susie | 11/17/2011

    " Based on a true account. An example of how determined this woman was to be reunited with her family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 9/29/2011

    " The story is amazing, and it seems to unreal to have been based on history, but it is. How this woman survived is a wonder. If you want a good adventure filled with courage, this is it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tonya Stoddard | 6/24/2011

    " this is a haunting book. what determination and perseverance in the face of death. a great read but be aware that you won't want to put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 6/18/2011

    " fascinating and disturbing. Full of details. Really made me think. Middle part goes a bit long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette | 5/16/2011

    " One of my favorites from high school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 5/13/2011

    " I really liked this book when I read it 13+ years ago. Now I'm rereading it for book club. The beginning is pretty gory, but it greatly improves after that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 5/10/2011

    " One of the very best books i have ever read. i read it twice. once while a young mother and again as a grandmother. loved it both times. based on a true happening in history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carmen5522 | 5/9/2011

    " Couldn't put it down. It's such a compelling story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 5/7/2011

    " A remarkable novel based on a true story. I read this many years ago and am so glad to have been reminded of it again. An incredible true story about survival and an incredible fighting human spirit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/5/2011

    " Thought provoking and totally heartbreaking to know it was based on a real woman's journey and fight for freedom and family. several moments broke my heart, but i do think the story was well told. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 4/15/2011

    " This was such a great book. It's hard to believe I never bumped into it before it was our book club read last month. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny K | 4/15/2011

    " I read this probably 15 years ago and want to add it to my read list. I can't remember a lot but I do remember this woman's escape and remembering it to be a great read. Wouldn't mind reading again to see what I think the second time around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 4/13/2011

    " I read this book several years ago and it has had a deep impact on me since, with everything from wanting to get my food storage and 72 hour kit ready to remembering to appreciate everything I have. You will admire the heroine's resilience and courage. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cori | 4/6/2011

    " This story was almost more than I could handle!! One tragedy and trial after another!! Not my cuppa mocha java! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Asvendsen8451 | 4/4/2011

    " Truly the best book I have ever read. It will change the way you look at Fall Creek in the winter. "

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About the Author
Author James Alexander Thom

James Alexander Thom was a US Marine, a newspaper and magazine editor, and a member of the faculty at the Indiana University Journalism School. He is the acclaimed author of Long Knife, From Sea to Shining Sea, The Children of First Man, The Red Heart, Sign-Talker, and Panther in the Sky, for which he won the prestigious Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Historical Novel. He lives in the Indiana hill country near Bloomington with his wife, Dark Rain, of the Shawnee Nation, United Remnant Band.

About the Narrator

David Drummond has made his living as an actor for over twenty-five years, appearing on stages large and small throughout the country and in Seattle, Washington, his hometown. He has narrated over thirty audiobooks, in genres ranging from current political commentary to historical nonfiction, fantasy, military, thrillers, and humor. He received an AudioFile Earphones Award for his first audiobook, Love ’Em or Lose ’Em: Getting Good People to Stay. When not narrating, he keeps busy writing plays and stories for children.