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Queen Sugar Audiobook

Queen Sugar: A Novel

Why exactly Charley Bordelon's late father left her eight hundred sprawling acres of sugarcane land in rural Louisiana is as mysterious as it was generous. Recognizing this as a chance to start over, Charley and her 11-year-old daughter, Micah, say good-bye to Los Angeles. They arrive just in time for growing season but no amount of planning can prepare Charley for a Louisiana that's mired in the past: as her judgmental but big-hearted grandmother tells her, cane farming is always going to be a white man's business.
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Publisher's Summary

A mother-daughter story of reinvention - about an African American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana.

Why exactly Charley Bordelon's late father left her 800 sprawling acres of sugarcane land in rural Louisiana is as mysterious as it was generous. Recognizing this as a chance to start over, Charley and her 11-year-old daughter, Micah, say good-bye to Los Angeles.

They arrive just in time for growing season but no amount of planning can prepare Charley for a Louisiana that's mired in the past: as her judgmental but big-hearted grandmother tells her, cane farming is always going to be a white man's business. As the sweltering summer unfolds, Charley must balance the overwhelming challenges of her farm with the demands of a homesick daughter, a bitter and troubled brother, and the startling desires of her own heart.

Penguin has a rich tradition of publishing strong Southern debut fiction - from Sue Monk Kidd to Kathryn Stockett to Beth Hoffman. In Queen Sugar, we now have a debut from the African American point of view. Stirring in its storytelling of one woman against the odds and intimate in its exploration of the complexities of contemporary southern life, Queen Sugar is an unforgettable tale of endurance and hope.

©2014 Natalie Baszile; 2014 Penguin Audio

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    Henry Petaluma, CA, United States 02-23-14
    Henry Petaluma, CA, United States 02-23-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Guy book too"
    What made the experience of listening to Queen Sugar the most enjoyable?

    I work in agriculture and found the portrayal of farming and farmers accurate and sympathetic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and story were compelling and plausible.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie 05-14-15
    Valerie 05-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Stick with it…"

    Overall, I enjoyed the book. I did, however, found the author's style overly descriptive. The continual use of adjectives slowed the story and, at times, made it feel tedious. It took me a while to settle into it because I almost stopped listening, however I am glad that I finished the story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pen1 Los Angeles, California USA 06-13-15
    Pen1 Los Angeles, California USA 06-13-15 Member Since 2013

    Reading is delightful; listening to a good book is enchanting!

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    "Enjoyable story and audio performance."

    Quite entertaining as well as educational. Would recommend this selection enthusiastically. A good story, rich with local color and flavor. Deeply steeped in its detail of traditions both celebratory and constricting of the human soul and experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Beth 04-30-15
    Beth 04-30-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Love this book!!!"

    Pure poetry!!! With vivid description, Baszile takes the reader on a journey into south Louisiana. With the daunting task of farming her inherited sugar cane farm, Charley faces a myriad of obstacles and finds love along the way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angela H Charlotte, NC 02-16-15
    Angela H Charlotte, NC 02-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent storytelling"

    Compelling plot. Exquisite imagery and details. Memorable characters. A setting you can see, taste, touch, hear and feel. Sorry the story had to end.

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    Vickie 03-01-14
    Vickie 03-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Execellent Read - Worth the wait"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The book was entertaining and imparted knowledge about growing sugar cane. The story was well written and was weave together with excellence.


    What other book might you compare Queen Sugar to and why?

    12 Tribes of Hattie - Although the 12 tribes had more characters the weaving of characters was similar.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the love scene between her and the other farmer


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made proud to read about such a strong determined African American woman pursuing something that was a little out of the norm.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. Orange 02-28-16
    T. Orange 02-28-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story; so-so narration"

    I liked the story overall, and the author built several suspenseful moments that ended in non-traditional ways. I felt for Ralph Angel but understood his place in the story.

    I was not as pleased with the narrator, though. It's as if she was coached to over-annunciate each word, especially ones that ended in "d" (I don't normally notice such things but it was almost distraxtin). The pausing was also awkward.

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    ilike2smize 02-22-16
    ilike2smize 02-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Mediocre At Best"

    I purchased this book based on two things. First, good word of mouth/reviews. Second, the fact that it will be adapted for TV. I thought those two reasons made this a surefire good read. I was wrong. I found the story very predictable and actually very elementary. The writing lacked nuance and sophistication. That was bad enough, but I have to say this too...and I don't want to sound mean, but the narrator was not very good for this story. I found her voice representations to be either not authentic enough or to be too cartoony. I'm still excited to see the TV adaptation as stories featuring Black characters are too few. I hope Ava Duvernay can add a deeper degree of sophistication to this story.

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    Nyla 02-12-16
    Nyla 02-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Pretty good story"

    The story was decent. Sort of predictable... but still nice. The narrator did a great job, making this story flow. It's worth a listen

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    Marcie L. Thomas 02-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great storytelling!"

    Enjoyed this story immensely and the performer did a great job if bringing the characters to life.

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