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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (408 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jewell Parker Rhodes Narrator: Francis Francis James Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Caroline | 12/28/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ever | 12/25/2013

    " This book is exhausting, but well worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olympia | 11/19/2013

    " Very interesting and readable. I was looking for a story that emphasized the spiritual side of Voodoo rather than the spooky, zombie-raising stuff that most people associate with it. This book, while probably more fiction than fact, provided an entertaining look at the legendary Marie Laveau and the nature of the religion that she helped to sustain. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natasha Mincey | 11/18/2013

    " I tried but couldn't get into the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 10/31/2013

    " Really interesting, all round. I enjoy seeing the "bad women" throughout history given their own voice and therefore, destigmatized. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly Busse | 10/2/2013

    " fantastic books - couldn't put it down "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Damien | 9/19/2013

    " Jewell Parker Rhodes has a decent writing style, but I hated the story. Not only was it totally inaccurate with what is known about Marie Laveau's life, it paints her in a very unflatterring light. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candace Drabøl | 8/24/2013

    " This was my first inspiration to travel to New Orleans and see Marie Laveau's grave for myself. Such an outstanding tale. Loved every second of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina | 12/10/2012

    " Great story! I think this was a wonderful historical novel; and I learned alot about Voodoo. I can't wait to read more from Jewell Parker Rhodes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Savannah | 7/5/2012

    " Read perhaps 50 pages and just couldn't get into it. I'm not even sure what failed to appeal--maybe I'm just not in the mood for voodoo and mysticism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 12/22/2011

    " I enjoyed reading Voodoo Dreams, but it wasn't exactly what I'd thought it would be. There is some spiritual voodoo stuff going on, but it's mostly about Marie Laveau's life (fictional) in New Orleans and her voodoo ancestry. I found it very interesting, but not scarey or gruesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Bowser | 12/10/2011

    " The mysterious world of voodoo, the vibrant culture, and the class and race conflicts of New Orleans are so vivid in this book. It is also a good story about the tension between light- and dark-skinned African-Americans that is so alive today, which touches me personally! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valissa | 11/18/2011

    " "He smelled of ash and withered leaves." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 8/11/2011

    " This is another one of my all time favorite books, it is a wonderful fictional/historically based chronicle of an amazing woman's life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 PJ | 4/29/2011

    " This book fed nicely into my longtime love affair with New Orleans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eboni | 3/28/2011

    " I love books that transport you to another time and makes you feel as if you are seeing the story unfold. This book is haunting, intriguing and weaves a tale of heart-ache, love and betrayal passed down through 3 generations of women! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly | 1/1/2011

    " fantastic books - couldn't put it down "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valissa | 11/1/2010

    " "He smelled of ash and withered leaves." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candace | 10/26/2010

    " This was my first inspiration to travel to New Orleans and see Marie Laveau's grave for myself. Such an outstanding tale. Loved every second of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 3/24/2010

    " Since there really isn't much known about the real Marie Laveau, the novel takes it's liberties-but in a good way. It's a fun read and does a decent job of presenting vodoo in a real way along with lovely descriptions of New Orleans in the begining.
    For light reading/beach reading only. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gypsy | 12/17/2009

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alcqueline | 10/24/2009

    " I enjoyed reading this mystery. It’s a quick read. The momentum of the story picked up after the initial hospital scene. Marie Laveau may be a better detective than a doctor. She has a great gift, but is in denial about it. I love the setting in Southern Louisiana. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 9/4/2009

    " If you love New Orleans and historical novels you will love this...well written. Centers around a fascinating but little known woman, former slave who became the lead Voudiene in NOLA in the 1800s...a bit spooky, well written, unique. "

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About the Author
Author Jewell Parker RhodesJewell Parker Rhodes is an award-winning writer and acclaimed educator and speaker. She is the author of Ninth Ward, a Coretta Scott King honor book, Sugar, winner of the Jane Adams Peace Association book award, and Bayou Magic. She has also written many award-winning books for adults