Calico Captive

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Elizabeth Speares

Narrated By: C. M Hébert

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: October 2009

Duration: 6 hours 3 minutes


Early one morning in 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 which 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 to what she imagines may be a life of slavery. But when they reach Montreal, a sudden twist of fortune brings Miriam to the acquaintance of the prominent Du Quesne family. The Du Quesnes introduce her to a life of luxury that she never could have imagined, and compel her to the most important decision of her life. Based on the actual narrative diary published in 1907, Calico Captive skillfully re-enacts an absorbing facet of history.

"The constant shifts of locale and situation present narrator Hébert with an excellent showcase for her range of talents....But the very best part is the realistic, almost insider's, view of early American war, class structure, and prejudice."-AudioFile


  • Trax

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

  • walker

    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.

  • LisMur

    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.

  • Bette Pollex

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

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