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The Darkest Child Audiobook

The Darkest Child

Delores Phillips' heart-rending debut novel is set in 1950s Georgia where most of Rozelle Quinn's 10 children can pass as white. Her brightest child, Tangy Mae, however, has the darkest skin of them all, and she longs to continue her education. But Rozelle thinks it's time for 13-year-old Tangy Mae to follow in her own footsteps and earn money "cleaning for whites" and bedding men at the "Farmhouse."
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Delores Phillips' heart-rending debut novel is set in 1950s Georgia where most of Rozelle Quinn's 10 children can pass as white. Her brightest child, Tangy Mae, however, has the darkest skin of them all, and she longs to continue her education. But Rozelle thinks it's time for 13-year-old Tangy Mae to follow in her own footsteps and earn money "cleaning for whites" and bedding men at the "Farmhouse."

©2004 Delores Phillips; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC

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    RiahWillow Daniels Thompsons Station, TN, United States 03-29-15
    RiahWillow Daniels Thompsons Station, TN, United States 03-29-15 Member Since 2012

    One could say my tastes in books are nonsequators because I have no favorite author or genre. I hold over 300 books in my audible library

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    "Great narration awesome story"

    This story was hard at points and made me want to hate the mom but I found that I felt sorry for her more and more. The main character in this book made me jump for joy at the end and want more!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Byrnes Kissimmee, FL United States 12-15-09
    C. Byrnes Kissimmee, FL United States 12-15-09 Member Since 2008

    Christine

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    "Very poignant"

    I had to stop listening a few times because the story was so sad. However, well worth the credit or price.

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    Erika California 01-30-16
    Erika California 01-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Narrator!"
    Would you listen to The Darkest Child again? Why?

    I probably wouldn't listen again but only because the story itself was difficult to read/listen to. The things the children had to suffer through were terrible! That being said, I really enjoyed Cherise's performance.


    Have you listened to any of Cherise Boothe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to anything else yet but I'd like to.


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    "Awesome Read!"

    One of my favorites hands down! Awesome story, awesome performance. My only complaint is that "Tangy" is a very common name which is actually pronounced like "Tan-Gee". But the narrator kept pronouncing it Tangy, as if it were sour. Lol, other than that, I thought she did a spectacular job. She totally understood the character!

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    kelly-ann 01-19-16
    kelly-ann 01-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "awesome!"
    If you could sum up The Darkest Child in three words, what would they be?

    It was amazing. Couldn't stop listening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Darkest Child?

    The mother. She was evil but her children loved her.


    Have you listened to any of Cherise Boothe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never listened to any other book that cherise boothe narrated but she was awesome. She captured the story, therefore I will look out for her performances in the future.


    If you could rename The Darkest Child, what would you call it?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't like the ending. I wish there was more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Ryder 01-02-16
    M. Ryder 01-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic"

    This book is certainly not uplifting. It is extremely sad, with no happy ending. Addresses a mother's physical and emotional abuse on her ten kids, and shows how the kids interact and relate to her on a daily basis. Did not like the story's conclusion because listener is left uncertain as to what happens with central character.d

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    Elisha 12-09-15
    Elisha 12-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Recommended for exploring dysfunctional families."

    Great book. Recommended for exploring dysfunctional family dynamics. Gives view of the depth of psychosis among poor, disadvantaged families. What would you do in these dire circumstances?

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    Kayla 11-24-15
    Kayla 11-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not what I expected"

    Very good book. Some parts are harder to listen to than others. Coming of age story that reflects a hard time period to come off age

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    April 10-16-15
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    "My favorite book"

    Okay. This has been my favorite book since the first time I read it. I could not believe the emotional connection I felt for everyone involved. I always felt like this is a memoir or something s d the author has never written another book. I have sooooo many questions to ask her, I feel like I know her. I want a Part Two, I'm in need of some closure...just no words to describe my emotional state after reading this book. It happens every time. I had an entire office of people read this book once and we laughed and we cried.

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    She 08-23-15
    She 08-23-15 Member Since 2015

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Very entertaining read!!!"
    What did you like best about The Darkest Child? What did you like least?

    The captivating storyline. The racial hatred and prejudices.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Darkest Child?

    The ever-changing moods of the mother!


    What does Cherise Boothe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is able to give each character their own unique voice!!!


    Do you think The Darkest Child needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Most definitely! I would like to find out what happened to TangyMae and her little sister!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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