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Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 0 (408 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jewell Parker Rhodes Narrator: Francis Francis James Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Audio Length: Release Date:
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Spanning six decades of the 1800s, this mesmerizing story is a fictional biography of Marie Laveau - one of the most haunting characters in New Orleans' history. Part of a long line of voodoo priestesses and healers, Marie tells of the mystery, passion, and violence that pattern her life. Like her grandmother, Marie sees visions from an early age. She never knew her mother, who practiced a spiritualism so potent she was murdered by those who feared her. When Marie becomes a healer, she discovers a supernatural force that can channel the power of her ancestors. But it is a ferocious force driven by both life and death.

Author Jewell Parker Rhodes has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts and is a professor of American literature and creative writing at Arizona State University.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Gypsy Novela | 1/14/2014

    " awesome historical depictions! ferverent and magical journey through new orleans darkest hour. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Claudia | 1/12/2014

    " One of my former students came into the room as I was finishing Rhodes's fictional biography of Marie Laveau, VooDoo Queen of New Orleans. When he saw the tears on my face, at first he was alarmed; then he remembered. I cry. Jewell Parker Rhodes has combined the atmosphere of my favorite city in the US with a story of strong women whose heritage reaches back to Africa. Another student read this first and recommended it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Jeri Lane | 12/31/2013

    " I wanted to love this book...but it was hard to get through and took me forever. I couldn't at all identify with the characters. Probably because i'm a middle aged white woman in the year 2012, but still, there should be some humanity to the characters everyone can relate to. You will not find this here. It was pretty graphic sexually and violently. The author made the book hard to read simply because the chapters all felt the same. It was redundant and sad. I wanted to feel something for Marie Laveau, since I have heard so much about her in New Orleans history. This book is a fictitious account of her, of course, which is good...Otherwise I would give up on trying to learn more about her. This book was strange. I'm sure others will enjoy it though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Caroline | 12/28/2013

    " She doesn't seem to actually know New Orleans "

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About the Author
Author Jewell Parker Rhodes

Jewell Parker Rhodes is the Piper Endowed Chair and founding artistic director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. She has won numerous awards for her books for children and adults. Ninth Ward, her first novel for young readers, was named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, a Notable Book for a Global Society, and a Today show Al’s Book Club for Kids selection.