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Into the Wilderness

A Novel
Lu par : Kate Reading
Série : Wilderness, Volume 1
Durée : 30 h et 13 min
Catégories : Anglais - Fiction, Historical
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Weaving a vibrant tapestry of fact and fiction, Into the Wilderness sweeps us into another time and place...and into the heart of a forbidden, incandescent affair between a spinster Englishwoman and an American frontiersman. Here is an epic of romance and history that will captivate listeners from the start.  

When Elizabeth Middleton, 29 years old and unmarried, leaves her Aunt Merriweather's comfortable English estate to join her father and brother in the remote mountain village of Paradise on the edge of the New York wilderness, she does so with a strong will and an unwavering purpose: to teach school.

It is December of 1792 when she arrives in a cold climate unlike any she has ever experienced. And she meets a man different from any she has ever encountered - a white man dressed like a Native American, tall and lean and unsettling in his blunt honesty. He is Nathaniel Bonner, also known to the Mohawk people as Between-Two-Lives.

Determined to provide schooling for all the children of the village - white, black, and Native American - Elizabeth soon finds herself at odds with local slave owners. Much to her surprise, she clashes with her own father as well. Financially strapped, Judge Middleton has plans for his daughter - betrothal to local doctor Richard Todd. An alliance with Todd could extract her father from ruin but would call into question the ownership of Hidden Wolf, the mountain where Nathaniel, his father, and a small group of Native Americans live and hunt.

As Judge Middleton brings pressure to bear against his daughter, she is faced with a choice between compliance and deception, a flight into the forest, and a desire that will bend her hard will to compromise and transformation.

Elizabeth's ultimate destiny, here in the heart of the wilderness, lies in the odyssey to come: trials of faith and flesh, and passion born amid Nathaniel's own secrets and divided soul.

©2009 Sara Donati (P)2009 Random House

Critiques

"My favorite kind of book is the sort you live in, rather than read. Into the Wilderness is one of those rare stories that let you breathe the air of another time, and leave your footprints on the snow of a wild, strange place. I can think of no better adventure than to explore the wilderness in the company of such engaging and independent lovers as Elizabeth and her Nathaniel." (Diana Gabaldon)
"Each time you open a book you hope to discover a story that will make your spirit of adventure and romance sing. This book delivers on that promise." (Amanda Quick)

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  • I like to shop
  • 26/04/2016

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I thoroughly enjoyed this book more than I expected to. People said if you like Outlander then you'll like this, but I'm not sure why because it's totally different. I guess maybe because its a well written historical fiction?

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the rapidity of the story so you werent sitting hanging to any storyline too long. I hate when a book leaves you wondering for endless chapters. it just kept moving while still keeping the integrity of the whole story.

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

No I have not. She did a great job though. Any time I listen to a new narrator, I right off think they are horrible just because they are unfamiliar, then as we move forward, I become accustomed to their voice. No narrator is perfect, and it gets kind if annoying reading reviews where people dissect one.

Any additional comments?

Loved the length. I really appreciate being able to get the most bang for my buck. Loved this book amd look forward to the entire series.

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  • Pam Bressette
  • 02/11/2009

Into the Wilderness

I have listened to 216 books since becoming a member in 2001. Out of the Wilderness is at the top of my list. The production and narration is outstanding of this very well written book, looking forward to the next in the series.

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  • randomactsofpunctuation
  • 24/11/2015

So much for "if you like Gabaldon"

I kept getting recommendations for this book saying "if you liked the Outlander series, you'll like this!" No. This book is a rather juvenile attempt at being real historical fiction that gets tangled up in its Mary Sue's ripped bodice. I kept hoping it would get better. There was one part of about 3 hours where they were actually in the wilderness that was interesting, but on a whole that wasn't enough to save it. The only genuinely shocking bit was when Gabaldon's characters briefly popped up in a bit of back story. It was confirmation to what I had suspected the whole time: someone trying to imitate Gabaldon and falling way short of the mark. Their appearance solidified my decision on the book reminding me (painfully) of everything Donati's characters weren't: interesting, compelling, complicated, and imperfect. What they are is flat. Reviews I read before spending my precious one credit a month indicated that this series started rpugh and the author grew into it. I hope that is the case, but I will not be sticking around long enough to see if it's true.

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  • Nancy
  • 04/10/2009

GREAT READ!

I LOVED THIS BOOK ! As one review stated, it reminds me of the Outlander series. I wonder how many noticed that Claire and James Fraser (from the Outlander series) were mentioned in "Into the Wilderness" story. I loved that little sneaky item. The story drags you into the story and you feel like you know each person personally. I vowed never to spend 2 credits on a book, but I am so glad that I did for this one......it was well worth it. I can't wait to continue on with the series. Thank you Sara Donati.........keep 'em coming !

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  • Sian
  • 27/06/2014

Tolerable story, skip the narrator

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I was frequently challenged to figure out whether I was irritated more by the writing or the narrating. The story was all right, but I wouldn't recommend this audio book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Into the Wilderness?

When characters from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander appeared.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Horrendous accents. Intonations that didn't quite work. It was frequently painful.

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  • Jeannie Key
  • 26/03/2014

Not what I had hoped for.

Would you try another book from Sara Donati and/or Kate Reading?

This is one of a few books that I think would have been better to read than listen to. If it were read by Davina Porter I would have enjoyed it much more. The accents were awful.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nathanial if she didn't make him sound like such a bumpkin.

What didn’t you like about Kate Reading’s performance?

Her accents were realllly bad and forced and chopped.

Could you see Into the Wilderness being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

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  • Brooke
  • 28/02/2014

Somewhat slow for an adventure novel

This book was well written and had a pretty interesting story but all in all I had to push through to get to the end. I like my books to be page turners and this one wasn't quite that for me.

The performance wasn't my favorite either, I think Kate Reading did a fine job, but her voice just didn't click with me so it distracted from the story a bit.

I feel this would be a good series when I want to take a break from other novels, but not a 'go to' series for sure.

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  • Lia
  • 23/04/2017

Fantastic Book

It was a wonderful escape and offered a very accurate and adventurous perspective of fiction and history, mixed together in an articulate and lovely manner. While there are some minor grammatical errors I noticed, this didn't stop me from really liking the book.
I am also an Outlander fan, which is why I tried this book out. It's not as nuanced as Diana's writing, (in my opinion), but if you're looking for a pleasurable and relaxing listen, I'd recommend this. It's very easy, makes you think about history, and extends a voice to First Nations' way of life too. I try not to directly compare authors or their books, as that can be detrimental to the experience of reading said book.
Basically, you'll either like this and read it through, or you'll not care for it, and put it aside. For some readers, it will depend on how much comparison you weigh it with Outlander. In my personal opinion, Diana's books are such saga-like, rare, unique, and rich pieces of literature, that it's hard to compare most books in the similar genre to them. Whatever you choose, I wish you happiness in your listening!

Kate Reading was outstanding with the delivery of the story

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  • 18/05/2019

Good writing-but it dragged on FOREVER.

The narrator was excellent, the premise good, the story telling was engaging enough. However, the author dragged out the story for YEARS of the characters lives, and it felt like it. if the book were 1/3 the length it could have told the same story and been much more satisfying.

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  • turtledove
  • 26/04/2019

Awful narrator...I couldn't finish it

The premise of the story is right up my alley, but after only a few chapters I stopped listening. I found the characters superficial and underdeveloped, but what really turned me off was the narrator. The twangy Green Acres accents she used for the native American characters were awful and offensive. I may have enjoyed the story more if I'd just read it myself.

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  • Liz
  • 14/05/2010

Schöne, lange Erzählung

Wiedereinmal wurde ich durch eine positive Leser-Rezension auf ein Hörbuch aufmerksam - und wieder einmal nicht enttäuscht.
Wer die "Higland-Saga" mag, ist hier sicherlich gut aufgehoben. Es ist nicht ganz so gut, wie das 1. Buch der Highland-Saga, kann aber mit den anderen locker mithalten. Die Beschreibung, der "alten Jungfer" Elizabeth, die mit Ende 20 in das Amerika um 1790 zu ihrem Vater auswandert, und sich dort in Nathaniel verliebt, ist warm beschrieben. Indianer, Sklaverei, die Zeiten, als New York noch aus Holzhäusern bestand - der romantische Wilde Westen.
Ein Hang zum Kitsch gehört nun mal dazu, doch er hält sich in Grenzen.

Es ist eine lange, ausführliche Erzählung, die jedoch selten langatmig wurde. Das Englisch ist schön und gut verständlich. Empfehlenswert.

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  • S. Probst
  • 23/06/2014

Leider war nirgends zu lesen,...

... dass es sich bei diesem Buch um eine Art Fortsetzung von J.F. Coopers Der letzte Mohikaner handelt. Nathaniel ist nämlich der Sohn von Cora Munro und Hawkeye. Sogar Chingachgook taucht auf! Vielleicht hätte ich die Geschichte ohne diese Verbindung sogar genossen, auch wenn sie an Jamie und Claire bei weitem nicht heranreicht. Aber so kommt mir das ganze - klischeebeladene - Machwerk eher wie ein Sakrileg vor.

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  • Sabine Martini-Hansske
  • 09/05/2011

einfach süchtig machend

Die Wilderness-Serie hat ihre sehr guten Qualitäten, wobei meiner Meinung nach "Into the Wilderness" und dann nochmal "Lake in the Clouds" die besten Bücher der Serie sind.

Kate Reading liest mit enormer Spannweite diese Bücher, ihre Charaktere sind wundervoll durch Unterschiede in Stimmhöhe, Sprechrhythmus, Akzent, Dialekt, u.a. zu unterscheiden. Ihre Interpretation des Kan'jen kehaka bzw. die Spuren von "Akzent" in den Stimmen für Falling Day und Many Doves sind einfach prima.

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  • lilli090564
  • 12/04/2011

so schön

Ein wunderbares Hörbuch, welches sich im Original sehr gut verstehen und hören lässt. Von Anfang ist man gefangen von der Geschichte von Elizabeth und Nathaniel und deren Abenteuer. Die Schilderungen sind sehr bildhaft, man kann wirklich total in die Welt der beiden versinken und sich alles vor seinem geistigen Auge vorstellen. Ich kann es kaum abwarten, den zweiten Teil zu hören. Die Sprecherin hat eine angenehme Stimme mit sehr guter, klarer Aussprache. Also auch für Nicht-Englisch-Muttersprachler eine machbare Herausforderung :)

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  • Dinsi80
  • 26/09/2010

Unterhaltung pur...

Wie auch schon in anderen Rezensionen zu lesen ist, ist dies eine Geschichte ganz in Stil der "Highland-Saga".
Ich persönlich bin auch durch die Erwähnung von Jamie und Claire auf dieses Hörbuch aufmerksam geworden. "Wie kommen die den da rein ?" war die Frage und dann gab es nätürlich nur eine Möglichkeit, diese zu beantworten. Die Geschicht von "Boots" und Nathaniel wächst einem sehr schnell ans Herz und man möchte am Ende natürlich auch wissen wie sie weiter geht. Ich habe mir dann sogar die Bücher der Teile 4 und 5 gekauft, da diese leider bei Audible.de noch nicht zur Verfügung stehen. Und nach allen 6 Teilen muss ich sagen, es hat sich echt gelohnt.

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  • M. B.
  • 06/01/2010

Unbedingt zu empfehlen

Eher zufällig bin ich auf dieses wunderschöne Buch gestoßen, als ich auf der Suche nach Hörbüchern war, die von Kate Reading gesprochen wurden. Diese Sprecherin war mir bereits bei "The Host" aufgefallen, da ihr schönes, klares Englisch auch für Nicht-Muttersprachler ausgezeichnet zu verstehen ist. Das machte mir Mut für dieses lange Hörbuch von Sara Donati.Into the Wilderness ist die abenteuerliche Geschichte von Elisabeth Middleton, die sich 1792 von England aus aufmacht, mit Vater und Bruder nach Amerika auszuwandern, um dort auf den Ländereien ihres Vaters als Lehrerin die Kinder der Einwanderer-Siedlung "Paradise" zu unterrichten. Dort angekommen begegnet sie nicht nur freundlichen Menschen, sondern sieht sich ebenso konfrontiert mit der Existenz der Sklavenhaltung und der Feindlichkeit der Dorfbewohner gegenüber den in der Nachbarschaft lebenden Indianern. Vor allem der unter den Mohikanern lebende Nathaniel Bonner interessiert sie mehr als der Arzt Richard Todd, den ihr Vater als zukünftigen Schwiegersohn auserkoren hat. Auf der Suche nach sich selbst und der Liebe wird Elisabeth in Wirren hineingezogen, die sie schließlich sogar bis nach Kanada führen.Dieses Buch ist ein wunderschöner Roman, der ein wenig die Geschichte der Entwicklung Amerikas Ende des 18. Jahrhunderts beleuchtet, aber hauptsächlich ein Liebesroman ist. Für Fans der Highlander-Serie von Diana Gabaldon ist diese Hörbuch vor allem daher zu empfehlen, da auch Jamie und Claire Fraser eine kurze Erwähnung finden.Ich habe dieses lange Hörbuch sehr genossen und freue mich bereits auf die beiden Hörbuch-Fortsetzungen Dawn on a distant shore und Lake in the clouds. In Buchform existieren zudem noch das 4. Buch Fire along the sky, das 5. Buch Queen of swords und - gerade erschienen - der 6. Band An endless forest.Mir stehen also noch viele schöne Stunden mit den Familien Middleton, Bonner und Co. bevor!

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