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Yellow Crocus | [Laila Ibrahim]

Yellow Crocus

Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father.
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Publisher's Summary

Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father. As she grows older, Mattie becomes more like family to Lisbeth than her own kin and the girl’s visits to the slaves’ quarters - and their lively and loving community - bring them closer together than ever. But can two women in such disparate circumstances form a bond like theirs without consequence? This deeply moving tale of unlikely love traces the journey of these very different women as each searches for freedom and dignity.

©2014 Laila Ibrahim (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    SJ tybee island, GA, United States 10-18-14
    SJ tybee island, GA, United States 10-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story"
    If you could sum up Yellow Crocus in three words, what would they be?

    People were horrible


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending


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

    Don't know; first one.


    Who was the most memorable character of Yellow Crocus and why?

    Mattie


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked Kitchen House or The Invention of Wings, you'll like this too.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 09-17-14
    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 09-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Book"
    What did you love best about Yellow Crocus?

    Everything


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is so heart warming.


    Which character – as performed by Bahni Turpin – was your favorite?

    Mattie


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

    Too many to chose one


    Any additional comments?

    Could not put this down. Listened to it in one day.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Twila 11-20-14
    Twila 11-20-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Best Book Ever!"
    What made the experience of listening to Yellow Crocus the most enjoyable?

    How the story was told, almost as if you were there.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mattie of course!


    What about Bahni Turpin’s performance did you like?

    She just knows how to tell the story. I have listened to some of her other books also. Her voice is calm.


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

    That is for sure!! I hated leaving this book to do other chores:-( I didn't want the story to end!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    THIS JUST TOOK THE PLACE OF THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER LISTENED TO!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "THE DARK SIDE OF GONE WITH THE WIND"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES - IT SHEDS A LOT OF NON-ROMANTICIZED LIGHT ON THE SOCIETAL PRISON THAT SOUTHERNERS WERE LIVING IN


    What about Bahni Turpin’s performance did you like?

    I ENJOYED HOW SHE BREATHED LIFE INTO THE CHARACTERS WITHOUT BEING STEREOTYPICAL


    If you could take any character from Yellow Crocus out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    MATTIE


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathariine Edmonson Kernville, CA 01-10-15
    Kathariine Edmonson Kernville, CA 01-10-15 Member Since 2013

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    I loved listening to this book. The accents are fabulous and added so much to the experience. It is great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Wilmot 12-13-14

    Enjoy great books. Have more time to read or listen Love historical fiction or non fiction. Also enjoy multi-cultural books

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, left an impact on my being- courage


    What other book might you compare Yellow Crocus to and why?

    The boys in the Boat


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

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks to the Author

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 12-12-14
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 12-12-14 Member Since 2014

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

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    "Completely Enjoyable"

    This story is touching and enjoyable, and challenges one's assumptions about relationships, care-taking, roles in society and the pre-Civil War south. This certainly isn't a ground-breaking book, but it is a sweet and thoughtful story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer PATERSON, NJ, United States 09-24-14
    Amazon Customer PATERSON, NJ, United States 09-24-14 Member Since 2010

    Scent

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    "Ture story"

    This was an ok read/listen, I didnt know until the end that its a true story, in this case, I'm glad the ending wasn't bad.

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    paula 01-25-15
    paula 01-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    What made the experience of listening to Yellow Crocus the most enjoyable?

    The story was very good and the narration was excellent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Yellow Crocus?

    The most memorable moment of the book for me was when Elizabeth backed out of her impending marriage. I was very proud of her when she threw the jewelry down after returning the very expensive necklace given to her for her wedding.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Mattie was allowed to return to the child Elizabeth when she was very ill and would not eat.


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

    I loved this book. I am very partial to books about the Civil War era and slavery era because I love American history. It is so interesting to read and find out about how life was in that time period.


    Any additional comments?

    The part of the story in which Elizabeth and her husband moved to Ohio to build a home was very good. The story of how slavery was overcome, even by one person at a time, is so uplifting. It always makes me proud to be American where freedom and democracy are alive and well.

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    nk 01-21-15
    nk 01-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing story"

    Made me laugh out loud at times and cry at other times. I didn't want to stop listening. It was one of those books you just couldn't wait to finish, and yet I was sad it was over.

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    Impulse but well worth it, lovely book slightly slow but not a problem.
    The accent of young Lisbeth was a bit grating but thats my only moan.
    No tears but I really enjoyed it.

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    8/30/14
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    "Interesting subject but rather idealised story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would recommend as I found learning about plantation life from the perspective of slave and owner to be interesting. We also see how much it was expected that children follow their parents


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The first half of the book detailing Maddie's relationship with her young charge (as a wet nurse) was most interesting although slow paced. When the story switches to follow Lisbeth as an adult I found the increase in pace welcome, but the story rather unbelievable at this point. It was clear where the story was heading (to a Hollywood ending).


    Have you listened to any of Bahni Turpin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    N/a


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Not sure. I don't think a film could offer more for me, and this tale is not as realistic as 12 Years a Slave which was made into a harrowing film.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall worth listening to for education on the subject matter, rather than being a jolly good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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