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  • The Whip: Inspired by the story of Charley Parkhurst

  • By: Karen Kondazian
  • Narrated by: Robin Weigert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too too sad for me to finish, so a personal review

  • By Kate+Mitchell Powell on 12-25-13

Bravo Karen Kondazian! Can't wait for the film!!!

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Reviewed: 04-17-15

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.

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