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Queen Sugar Audiobook

Queen Sugar: A Novel

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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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    Pen1 Los Angeles, California USA 06-13-15
    Pen1 Los Angeles, California USA 06-13-15 Member Since 2016

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rochelle TN, TN, United States 09-13-16
    Rochelle TN, TN, United States 09-13-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Queen Sugar"

    nothing like the tv series but a very good book. I loved it. try it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Atlanta, GA 07-25-16
    Amazon Customer Atlanta, GA 07-25-16 Member Since 2016

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    "I loved it, I got swept away in the story!"

    I never knew farming could be so interesting. A story about love, jealousy, family, secrets, drugs, race, racism, sexism, privileged, hard work...I didn't want the story to end.

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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.

    9 of 10 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Henry Petaluma, CA, United States 02-23-14
    Henry Petaluma, CA, United States 02-23-14 Member Since 2016
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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.

    7 of 8 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.

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    Vickie 03-01-14
    Vickie 03-01-14
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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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 08-16-14
    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 08-16-14 Member Since 2004

    I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.

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    "Growing sugar cane in the recent South."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The characters, the struggles, the small victories, the reality of race and farming and being human are expertly woven into this intriguing tale.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The old man who becomes the advisor/salvation of the main character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending scene was very gratifying.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Sugarcane farmin' in the South ain't like livin' in California!


    Any additional comments?

    Am anxious to hear anything more which this author creates!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    victoria ankrah 09-26-16 Member Since 2013
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    "The narrator did an amazing job!"

    The overall story is good but the narrator is what made me keep listening. She did a great job capturing all of the characters.

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