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Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau | [Jewell Parker Rhodes]

Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1993 Jewell Parker Rhodes (P)2001 Recorded Books, LLC

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"All the ingredients of a bewitching read - atmosphere, adventure, mystery, and romance - as well as enough intellectual substance to give it a satisfying heft." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 03-03-11
    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 03-03-11 Member Since 2010

    Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.

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    "Colorful verbal illustrations..."

    Excellent character development I truly enjoyed the tone and pace if this story. This is a colorful legend and the author did wonderful job with the verbal illustrations that translated effortlessly into the tapestry of all the story entails. The narration was sublime as well. I highly recommend this title to anyone who enjoys historical fiction with fare, a little raunch and a whole lot of soul.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Turiello Overland Park, KS USA 10-12-13
    Heather Turiello Overland Park, KS USA 10-12-13 Member Since 2006

    I'm a voracious audiobook listener, rarely found without my iPod.

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    "A bit course, but interesting."
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    This is one of those listens that is a great story, but not always an enjoyable read. There are many course and caustic characters and events that make it a rough story to enjoy at times. Overall, though, I enjoyed learning and experiencing this story and would love to read more on both the topic and by this author.

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    Sharon Madison, NJ, United States 01-03-13
    Sharon Madison, NJ, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2005
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    "just couldn't listen"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    perhaps it was the faux accent, who knows. I found this book intolerable. Restarted half a dozen times, haven't gotten past the 3rd or 4th chapter.


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    desley shalimar, fl, United States 12-19-12
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    "Great read!"
    What made the experience of listening to Voodoo Dreams the most enjoyable?

    Just returned from a trip to new Orleans and I think to book captured the feel and history of this unique city.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed witnessing Marie grow in her personal strength.


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