• The Wild Girl

  • By: Jim Fergus
  • Narrated by: Chris Baskous
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (869 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When Ned Giles is orphaned as a teenager, he heads West, hoping to leave his troubles behind by joining the 1932 Great Apache Expedition on their search for the young son of a wealthy Mexican landowner who was kidnapped by wild Apaches. But the expedition's goal becomes compromised when they encounter a wild Apache girl in a Mexican jail cell, victim of a Mexican massacre of her tribe that has left her orphaned and unwilling to eat or speak. Ned's growing feelings for the troubled girl soon force him to choose allegiances and make a decision that will haunt him forever.

Based on historical fact, Jim Fergus takes listeners on a journey of magnificent sweep and heartbreaking consequence.

©2005 Jim Fergus (P)2005 AudioGO

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What a satisfying experience.

I don’t write a lot of reviews, but felt the need to take the time to review The Wild Girl. I am a truck driver, so I have a lot of time to read and listen to books. The only way I know how to evaluate any form of art (yes I’m saying that fictional history can be art) is if it made me feel something, and what those feelings were. I am happy to report that The Wild Girl allowed me to escape, if not just for a little while, some of the problems we all face from day to day. I found myself laughing out loud in some parts, shaking my head, and rolling my eyes in other’s. I even got choked up in some parts of the book, and found myself brushing a stray tear off my cheek in yet other parts of the story. In my opinion, one never knows for sure what you might find yourself involved in while reading (or listening to) something that has been branded “Historical Fiction”. Sometimes a book from the above mentioned genre, can read like a 7th grade textbook. Which is not a bad thing, if you are in the 7th grade, but does not toot my whistle, if you know what I mean. The Wild Girl gives the reader a small glimpse into a complex tribe of Native Americans, which are of course the Apache. The author, Jim Fergus took me there. In my minds eye, I could feel the debilitating heat. I could smell the musk coming from the horses and mules. I saw the blood in the dust, after an ambush, that came on so fast that I wouldn’t have had time to even know what was happening. The Apache not only lived in some of the most hostile, unforgiving, and dangerous landscapes on the face of the earth, but they flourished. No wonder they are considered one of the most fierce and tactically brilliant tribes that the US, or Mexico ever faced in battle.

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Needed a female narrators

It would have been greatly enhanced by having a femaie narrator as well as a male.

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Great historical story

Another great story from Jim Fergus. It takes the reader back to a time we all should learn more about. A time when the military and white landowners treated Native Americans so wrong. It brings home more injustices that all of us growing up in the 60’s read from our history books..... actions and thoughts so totally different than what truly happened. This is fiction based on true history. A great listen.

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Well told story of a sad part of history.

The images were clear. The characters were believable and enjoyable and hateable. The attack on American Indians and the Apache in particular is a painful subject. This was a very well told story . The very beginning is not indicative of the story to come. Give it a short bit and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Personal account of Apache tribes

Vivid, personal journals about Apaches during 1930's. Good historical fiction. Helps reader understand issues of Native American tribes & how their culture conflicted with that of whites'. Many colorful well-drawn and true to life characters.

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I stepped into another life

Wow!! Jim Fergus blows my mind with his stories! This is the third story of his that I have listened to or read!
I always feel like I am there, I am the character who is telling the tale. I literally feel the emotions, see the things the characters see, even smell the wretched scent of barf and animal scents described in one part!
Jim Fergus is a wonderful story teller! I can't wait to see what I find of his next!

Chris Baskous did a very good job of reading the story, too! He did a wonderful job of taking me there, to be among the group on their adventure!

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2star for 1001 “saids”

The story was interesting, narrator great, unfortunately the 2 stars are for the unforgivable lazy habit of using EXCESSIVELY unnecessary “saids”. Even after a question. Idk but usually a question is ASKED. This is my pet peeve for an author. The story was ok but when dialog came around every.single.sentence ended in he/she said. Yes even when it was OBVIOUS what character was speaking. When the major “tools” of your trade are words, good lord, use them!! One other thing I noticed there are quite a modern “sayings” used there were in no way part of the vocab of the time. “He must have been a dick”, things like that. Big Wade had a very modern vocab for sure. Research please.

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Great.

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Listened to this wonderful book and the performance was perfect. Good job. Great book.

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Very good. Do yourself a favor. Listen to this book,

Just really good. Do yourself a favor. Listen to this book. You will be glad that you did.

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Slow

I stuck with the whole story but now that it's over I'm not sure why I did. It was very long winded. I felt like there was very little real content. it didn't feel believable. My apologies to the writer, I don't like to give negative reviews.

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