Blood on the River: James Town, 1607 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Twelve-year-old Samuel Collier is a lowly commoner on the streets of London. So when he becomes the page of Captain John Smith and boards the Susan Constant, bound for the New World, he can’t believe his good fortune. He’s heard that gold washes ashore with every tide. But beginning with the stormy journey and his first contact with the native people, he realizes that the New World is nothing like he imagined. The lush Virginia shore where they establish the colony of James Town is both beautiful and forbidding, and it’s hard to know who’s a friend or foe. As he learns the language of the Algonquian Indians and observes Captain Smith’s wise diplomacy, Samuel begins to see that he can be whomever he wants to be in this new land.
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 43 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||April 03, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #15,071 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#10 in Military & Wars Historical Fiction for Children
#21 in Children's Colonial American Historical Fiction
#58 in Children's Military Fiction (Books)
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This book really takes the story of Jamestown and brings it to life. We read my daughter's history textbook and compared it to what was happening in the "Blood on the River". She was so excited that the book followed so closely with what she was learning. The author does an amazing job of taking the flat history text and weaving a fabulous adventure story out of it. Every chapter was exciting or intense, and it was hard to close the book from one reading to the next.
My kids have never been excited about history before but they were so engaged during this story. Afterwards we watched Disney's "Pocahontas" and my daughter was disappointed that the movie was inaccurate and boring compared to the book. She mentioned how John Smith in the movie doesn't help anyone, and in the book all he does is work hard to ensure everyone is housed, fed, and at peace. My son is 8, and he said (about the movie) "well that was embarrassing".
I personally really enjoyed the author's tone and ability to add appropiate amounts of humor to it. Also, the way she writes made the story a really smooth read-aloud.
I really recommend this book to young and old alike--especially those interested in history. And even for those who don't like history or historical fiction, I dare you NOT to like this one after reading it!!
While reading Blood on the River, I really developed a bond with Samuel, the main character. I felt like I was actually there - seeing what Samuel saw, hearing what Samuel heard, even eating what Samuel ate! The author does an amazing job describing the scenes without going over the top and trailing on and on. I loved how it felt as if I knew the people who lived in Jamestown, as if I went through all the hardships with them. I especially loved how I met Pocahontas and Captain John Smith as they were, rather than how Disney portrayed them.
Captain Smith also teaches a lot of good lessons to Samuel, and by the end Samuel had really grown thanks to Smith. This book has moved me to tears and made me laugh out loud multiple times. I grew very attached to some people and others I deeply hated. I enjoyed watching the people of Jamestown become friends with the Natives and see Samuel open up and make friends with the natives as well.
At the beginning of this book, Samuel had just lost his mother and had to survive on his own. Making friends was just a burden but by the end Samuel had multiple friends that he trusted and even a new family. Many times things were really looking up for the people of Jamestown, but then some disaster happened! I often found myself talking to the characters, encouraging them, laughing at them, even scolding them.
Overall this book was fabulous. It had great quotes, great character development, and it is all based on real happenings and real people! I would love to share this book with everyone and I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did! (I encourage writing in it! It’s a lot of fun to write your reactions and then go back and read them!)