Calico Captive

Version: Unabridged
Author: Elizabeth George Speare
Narrator: C.M. Hebert
Genres: Classics
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: November 2001
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 7 hours
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Overview

Early one morning in the year 1754, the stillness of Charlestown, New Hampshire, is shattered by shrill war whoops and the terror of an Indian raid. Young Miriam Willard, on a day that had promised new happiness, finds herself instead a captive on a forest trail, caught up in the ebb and flow of the French and Indian War. She endures a harrowing march north, with limited food and icy streams to cross. The trail ends with a waiting Indian gauntlet and a life of hard work-perhaps even a life of slavery. As her mind turns to thoughts of her sweetheart, Phineas Whitney, she is also mindful of the cries of her sister's baby, Captive, who was born on the trail.
Miriam and her companions finally reach Montreal, a city of shifting loyalties filled with the intrigue of war. Here, by a sudden twist of fortune, Miriam meets the prominent Du Quesne family, who introduce her to a life of fashion and luxury she has never imagined and who compel her to make the most important decision of her life.
Based on the actual narrative diary published in 1907, Calico Captive skillfully reenacts an absorbing facet of history.

Reviews (4)

Amazing!

Written by Trax on August 13th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is just an amazing story that will have you on the edge of your seat until you turn the final page.

Calico Captive

Written by walker on April 10th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 3/5

My family enjoyed the book; however, the voice of the reader is annoying. My daughter said that the last time this book was checked out of her Jr. High School was back in 1996. We did like the book.

Could have been better

Written by LisMur from Seattle, WA on November 5th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The historical context of this book is fascinating, but the writing didn't do it justice. The reader was fine, but was unable to make the book as good as it should have been. The history of the French and Indian War, though, was wonderful.

Nice listen

Written by Bette Pollex on August 22nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I throughly enjoyed listening to this book and the reader did a fine job.

Author Details

Author Details

Speare, Elizabeth George

"I was born in Melrose, Massachusetts, on November 21, 1908. I have lived all my life in New England, and though I love to travel I can't imagine ever calling any other place on earth home. Since I can't remember a time when I didn't intend to write, it is hard to explain why I took so long getting around to it in earnest. But the years seemed to go by very quickly. In 1936 I married Alden Speare and came to Connecticut. Not till both children were in junior high did I find time at last to sit down quietly with a pencil and paper. I turned naturally to the things which had filled my days and t