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The Whip: Inspired by the story of Charley Parkhurst | [Karen Kondazian]

The Whip: Inspired by the story of Charley Parkhurst

The Whip is inspired by the true story of Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man. As a young woman in Rhode Island, she fell in love with a runaway slave and had his child. The destruction of her family drove her west to California, dressed as a man, to track the killer. Charley became a renowned stagecoach driver for Wells Fargo, during the renowned California 'gold rush' days. She killed a famous outlaw, had a secret love affair, and lived with a housekeeper who, unaware of her true sex, fell in love with her.
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Publisher's Summary

  • Best Western, 2013 International Book Awards
  • 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards winner, Western fiction category
  • Gold Prize in Historical Fiction & Best Western Fiction - 2013 Global Ebook Awards
  • Award-Winner in the 'Fiction: Historical' category of The 2012 USA Best Book Awards

The Whip is a multi-award winning novel inspired by the true story of Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man in the Old West.

As a young woman in Rhode Island, she fell in love with a runaway slave and had his child. He was lynched, her baby killed. The destruction of her family drove her west to California, dressed as a man, to track the killer.

Charley became a renowned stagecoach driver for Wells Fargo. She killed a famous outlaw, had a secret love affair, and lived with a housekeeper who, unaware of her true sex, fell in love with her.

Charley was the first known woman to vote in America in 1868 (as a man). Her grave lies in Watsonville, California.

©2012 Karen Kondazian (P)2012 Karen Kondazian

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    sherlock Los Feliz, ca, United States 08-03-13
    sherlock Los Feliz, ca, United States 08-03-13
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    "MUST LISTEN"
    Where does The Whip rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This by far, is my favorite. It's not only true, but an exciting story. Robin Weigert is brilliant. The only actress who could have narrated this book, Robin is very, very brilliant. Robin is incredibly convincing with each character and each characters voices. I wish to see this in a movie but only if Robin plays Charlie Parkhurst.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was based on a true story. To her ownself she was true. From not allowing the color of a man's skin or his station enter her decision to fall for the man she loved.


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

    Robin does each voice brilliantly. Not just good but committed to a level that one usually doesn't get to experience. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. The ONLY actress who could have performed these characters so well. Robin hits a level of excellence very much appreciated by this listener.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several. When Tonia acts on her impulse to even the score for Charlie. When Charlie makes her decision to just, change after being kicked by the horse. When Charlie's old friend returns. Also, when Sugar Foot's identity was revealed to her.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciated the obituaries at the end. The acknowledgement for this brave woman who was unofficially "the Whip" of the West. Also to know that she was probably the first woman to vote in the United States. I would like to see this and Charlie Parkhurst honored at the Western Museum in Los Angeles. The have honored the buffalo girls but this story is unique and important.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Charlena 03-31-13
    Charlena 03-31-13
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    "I LOVED THIS BOOK!"

    Wonderful story...wonderful performance. I didn't want it to end. The story of Charlie Parkhurst was one that I had not heard of before. The book was a wonderful history lesson embellished by a very creative author. Excellent performance by Robin Weigert.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 02-24-13
    Ann 02-24-13
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    "Incredible story, incredible performance"
    What made the experience of listening to The Whip the most enjoyable?

    The narrator, Robin Weigert, did a wonderful job developing her characters, with individual voices for each one. Not only did she carefully choose her voices, she was consistent, never faltered, and the children voices aged appropriately. Not only is the narrator excellent, the story was well-written, and the topic was very interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character carried the story magnificently.


    What about Robin Weigert’s performance did you like?

    She inhabits her characters faultlessly. She is so versatile... she believeable portrayed young children, black men, crusty stagecoach drivers, an Italian woman, and a cockney bandit. Each was fantastic.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes!


    Any additional comments?

    This collaboration of author, narrator, and director created a believable, engaging audiobook. I listen to alot of them, and this one is one of the few which I really couldn't wait to get back into, whenever I had to stop listening.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    RueRue 02-25-14
    RueRue 02-25-14

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    "A great narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was like listening to a play ! The narrator did a fantastic job of creating characters with her voice.


    Would you recommend The Whip to your friends? Why or why not?

    I found some of the plot to be predicable, but the unique character made it an interesting story. Not sure if this would be of interest to everyone. It's not quite a Western, not quite a historical drama, not quite a romance, although there are elements of all of these genres.


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

    I believe this her only audio performance. I would definitely listen to others.


    Was The Whip worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kate+Mitchell Powell 12-25-13

    I listen to audio books while working.

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    "Too too sad for me to finish, so a personal review"

    Narrator is great, and the story may be great -- I made it about halfway through but the violence is so sad and horrible that I could not finish the book. I can handle some violence, and can take sadness in books, but this one was too much. The writer is good, so if you can handle it, great.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Molly Charleston, SC, United States 10-31-13
    Molly Charleston, SC, United States 10-31-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Entertaining Historical Fiction"

    I love reading about this time period and found the story engaging. I also thought the narrator did a really great job.

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    Susan Little Rock, AR, United States 04-22-14
    Susan Little Rock, AR, United States 04-22-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Story and Excellent Narration"

    I'm a fan of historical novels and this one was no disappointment. The story was poignant and had me doing a lot of thinking about how I could have lived in that period of time. Robin Weigert was excellent doing the narration. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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    Pam F Forest, VA, United States 12-27-13
    Pam F Forest, VA, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2014
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    "An exciting period tale!"

    That the book is based on an actual person makes it the more interesting. The period descriptions and characters were delightful. I could feel the sorrow and excitement. And was drawn into Charlies struggles.

    What an amazing life she led!

    I would definitely recommend this to a friend.

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    Catherine Farmer 04-17-15
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    "Bravo Karen Kondazian! Can't wait for the film!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Experiencing this historical and heart-wrenching journey, whether you're a man or woman, gives you not only an entertaining and educational adventure, but assure anyone that if Charley can survive her circumstances and push her way back up through the dirt again and again... that any of us can.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charley, of course! She lived so many archetypes in her one life and Kondazian's intimate portrayal of her feelings from so many perspectives reminds us how we're all subject to endless identity choices and that, like chameleons, we can adapt and survive almost anything. That is inspiring.


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

    She really was fantastic at deepening the vision; creating atmosphere, and evoking the different worlds of each character. Bravo.


    If you could take any character from The Whip: Inspired by the story of Charley Parkhurst out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Charley. I would actually fix her my own homemade soup with pools of fat in it :) I'd pick her brain about all of the other things that happened during those lapses of time... I bet she'd comment on how she appreciated how Karen told her story with such compassion.


    Any additional comments?

    I only wish that all cultures could experience The Whip; especially the ones that are oppressive to women. I really hope that the marketing of this reaches men as much as it will women. We need to be reminded of the hope for society that awaits whenever positions of impact and power are helmed by the hearts and minds of women.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. P. Hopping Atlanta, Ga. 03-24-15
    J. P. Hopping Atlanta, Ga. 03-24-15 Member Since 2015

    Jayne Hopping

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    "An amazing woman"

    It more than met my expectations and I loved knowing that a woman like Charlie really lived through such hard times in our history. The narrator did a great job with all the different voices.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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