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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (108 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Payne Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9781455183975
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Back to Wando Passo is a passionate and elegantly written story of two related love triangles: one marriage unraveling in the present day, and another one shattered by the Civil War. The interweaving stories build to a simultaneous crescendo of betrayal, revenge, and redemption.

Grappling with the tangled subject of race in America, the plot lines are haunted by an occult twist. When Ransom Hill, the contemporary protagonist, discovers a Civil War–era “prenda,” an iron pot used by Cuban slaves for conjuring, he unearths something very strange indeed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “So bold in concept and audacious in scope that it seems like the summing up of a great writer’s career.”

    Pat Conroy, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A haunting portrait of the American South.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “A luscious, engaging, and heartfelt novel with plenty to say about individual responsibility and the legacy of slavery.”

    Library Journal

  • “Payne fashions elaborate prose and touching characterization into an absorbing tale.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Payne handles this novel of love, loss, and betrayal deftly.”

    Booklist

  • “A master fabulist, Payne hooks the reader like a wide-eyed catfish...a fine, twisty marvel.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review) )

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Geni | 3/8/2013

    " Gothic melodrama. Southern lit. Fairly overblown. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/2/2013

    " This is a great read, especially so if you are familiar with Charleston. It switches between life during the Civil War and current times, following the lives of several families. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwyneth | 11/4/2012

    " fairly fun but can be a bit trite. i like the double stories that interrelate (kind of like possession). the writing isn't the best though, and i'd have to say that possession is a much better read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Milosh | 8/25/2012

    " David Payne is a master of language and dialogue; i adore him. A novel about the connection between history and the present; deals with racism, sexism, infidelity, first loves, fame, mental illness, magic, death, rebirth. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anne | 8/7/2012

    " This books fits my usually fun theme of two stories told on a subject across the centuries. While parts were certainly interesting, this was more fluff than substance and I wouldn't necessarily recomment it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 5/1/2012

    " It's been awhile, but from what I can recall, this is a very good book.. I am excited to re-read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 4/7/2012

    " Hard not to like, but equally hard to love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 2/23/2012

    " Double mystery, one present day and the other through the civil war - interesting characters, atmospheric Charleston rice plantation, Cuban witchcraft, strong slavery/racial involvement and altogether a pretty wild ride. Try it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 12/25/2011

    " What started off as an interesting gothic tinged mystery fizzled out before the end. A disappointing read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 9/17/2011

    " This was a well written story, but it got confusing at times. I believe there are ghosts but the storyline got a little far-fetched when it tried to say a character in the present was "acting" just like a character that lived 150 years earlier. I was very confused by the ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Betty Jo Harris | 8/29/2011

    " This is one of the worst books I have ever read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Miss K | 4/16/2011

    " He is no Pat Conroy for sure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gail | 4/11/2011

    " I finally gave up on this book. I liked the premise: the aging rock star trying to turn his life and marriage around, and the civil war story interspersed with the modern story, but I just couldn't get into it. There are too many books out there to spend time reading something I don't like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Agnesca | 7/26/2010

    " L'édition française...

    Pas de la grande littérature, mais du plaisir à le lire
    J'avais lu d'autres livres du même auteur qui m'avaient beaucoup plu.. Mais je me souviens pas de la qualité de l'écriture pour ces précédents.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 4/30/2010

    " Double mystery, one present day and the other through the civil war - interesting characters, atmospheric Charleston rice plantation, Cuban witchcraft, strong slavery/racial involvement and altogether a pretty wild ride. Try it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gail | 3/11/2009

    " I finally gave up on this book. I liked the premise: the aging rock star trying to turn his life and marriage around, and the civil war story interspersed with the modern story, but I just couldn't get into it. There are too many books out there to spend time reading something I don't like. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anne | 3/2/2009

    " This books fits my usually fun theme of two stories told on a subject across the centuries. While parts were certainly interesting, this was more fluff than substance and I wouldn't necessarily recomment it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Betty Jo | 2/26/2009

    " This is one of the worst books I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Milosh | 12/12/2008

    " David Payne is a master of language and dialogue; i adore him. A novel about the connection between history and the present; deals with racism, sexism, infidelity, first loves, fame, mental illness, magic, death, rebirth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 7/21/2008

    " Hard not to like, but equally hard to love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 3/1/2008

    " It's been awhile, but from what I can recall, this is a very good book.. I am excited to re-read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwyneth | 2/24/2008

    " fairly fun but can be a bit trite. i like the double stories that interrelate (kind of like possession). the writing isn't the best though, and i'd have to say that possession is a much better read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Miss K | 1/12/2008

    " He is no Pat Conroy for sure. "

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About the Author

David Payne is the author of four previous novels: Confessions of a Taoist on Wall Street, which won the prestigious Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award, Early from the Dance, Ruin Creek, and Gravesend Light. He lives in North Carolina.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.