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The Cutting Season Audiobook

The Cutting Season: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

In Black Water Rising, Attica Locke delivered one of the most stunning and sure-handed fiction debuts in recent memory, garnering effusive critical praise, several award nominations, and passionate reader response. Now Locke returns with The Cutting Season, a riveting thriller that intertwines two murders separated across more than a century.

Caren Gray manages Belle Vie, a sprawling antebellum plantation that sits between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, where the past and the present coexist uneasily. The estate's owners have turned the place into an eerie tourist attraction, complete with full-dress re-enactments and carefully restored slave quarters. Outside the gates, a corporation with ambitious plans has been busy snapping up land from struggling families who have been growing sugar cane for generations, and now replacing local employees with illegal laborers. Tensions mount when the body of a female migrant worker is found in a shallow grave on the edge of the property, her throat cut clean.

As the investigation gets under way, the list of suspects grows. But when fresh evidence comes to light and the sheriff's department zeros in on a person of interest, Caren has a bad feeling that the police are chasing the wrong leads. Putting herself at risk, she ventures into dangerous territory as she unearths startling new facts about a very old mystery - the long-ago disappearance of a former slave - that has unsettling ties to the current murder. In pursuit of the truth about Belle Vie's history and her own, Caren discovers secrets about both cases - ones that an increasingly desperate killer will stop at nothing to keep buried.

Taut, hauntingly resonant, and beautifully written, The Cutting Season is at once a thoughtful meditation on how America reckons its past with its future, and a high-octane pause resister that unfolds with tremendous skill and vision. With her rare gift for depicting human nature in all its complexities, Attica Locke demonstrates once again that she is "destined for literary stardom" (Dallas Morning News).

©2012 Attica Locke (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Michael 06-07-15
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    "Left hanging at the end...."

    While I loved the book, I hated the ending. Why couldn't Caren and Eric be together? What happened to Donovan after all the madness? The ending was flat. What was Caren going to do when she got to Washington?

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    Camille ATLANTA, GA, United States 06-03-15
    Camille ATLANTA, GA, United States 06-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I ALMOST bought this book several times..."

    I wish I hadn't hesitated. This story was a wonderful blend of mystery, love lost, culture and history. Truly a delight. The authors detailed descriptions really brought southern Louisiana to life. I also liked the narrator.

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    Annie WAKEFIELD, MA, United States 06-30-14
    Annie WAKEFIELD, MA, United States 06-30-14
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    "Finally!"

    After reading Gone Girl all the mysteries I've listened to have fallen flat - until this one. I loved everything about this book. A telling sign for me is I rarely needed to use the rewind feature because I was so engrossed. Highly recommend this book.

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    Elizabeth A. Menendez Frederick, MD United States 06-30-14
    Elizabeth A. Menendez Frederick, MD United States 06-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A Fascinating read"
    Where does The Cutting Season rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorites so far because of how realistic it is and how plausible the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a fascinating look into a culture vastly different than my own but written in a way that I could completely understand why Caren (the main character) makes the decisions she makes. It was also a great look at what happened to all those plantations that I had previously thought of as romantic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene that described the plantation, as well as the scenes where you get a glimpse of how brilliant Caren is and how compassionate she is toward other people.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great little mystery as well as a great look at modern day Louisiana. It took me by surprise as I wasn't sure I would like it initially. But I did and couldn't wait to get back to it when I did have to pause along the way.

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    Nina Williams Syracuse, ny 11-26-13
    Nina Williams Syracuse, ny 11-26-13
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    "Very Good"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cutting Season the most enjoyable?

    The pace. It did a good job with the pace of the drama. There were times where I was listening to it in bed and getting scared. I slept with all the lights on. It was great!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Karen. The main character. She was a single mom and I could relate. The personal things she was trying to battle was really honest and raw.


    Have you listened to any of Quincy Tyler Bernstine’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    If you could take any character from The Cutting Season out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    If not Karen, her ex-husband. Other than the fact he was engaged to his pregnant girlfriend, I'd totally date him.


    Any additional comments?

    It had a really slow beginning. At first I was confused and wondered when things were going to get moving. But once they did, I couldn't put the book down! Hence why I only gave it four stars.

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    Edna 10-16-13
    Edna 10-16-13
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    "Just ok"

    The storyline had great potential that just went no where. Little disappointing. Wanted more of a ghost story, not a murder mystery.

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    Kristina Tampa, FL, United States 06-28-13
    Kristina Tampa, FL, United States 06-28-13
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    "Drawn Out"
    What disappointed you about The Cutting Season?

    Attica Locke, the synopsis of the book is misleading, the book and the history really didn't come together, you wrote more information about the plays, the visitor and what they were like versus why Jason matter, her mother and Ines death, I had to get to the last 60 mins on what, why and where and NO MYSTERY in that! I love Books and Imagination and the only imagination that I was left with was what the visitors were like.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Attica Locke again?

    Yes, I think her thought process has to be open to imagination , I don't know if writing a book is hard but if I can not Imagine what, where and Why and the beauty of a movie in words of the mind when it drafts with the Author; The main principles of a logic to a story regardless if it is a Mystery.


    What didn’t you like about Quincy Tyler Bernstine’s performance?

    She is good


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    but it can be better


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    Michelle Lodge Georgia 04-28-13
    Michelle Lodge Georgia 04-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Listen"
    If you could sum up The Cutting Season in three words, what would they be?

    Authenic, gripping, well performed.


    Any additional comments?

    The story begins a little slow, but the listener is well rewarded for sticking with the story. One of the best audio books that I have listened to this year.

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    JoAnna Adams Cleveland, Ohio, US 04-12-13
    JoAnna Adams Cleveland, Ohio, US 04-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great! Could not stop listening."
    Would you listen to The Cutting Season again? Why?

    Yes I really enjoyed it.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    You just could not anticipate what would happen next.


    What about Quincy Tyler Bernstine’s performance did you like?

    Love the voice inflections and changes.


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    Ivonne 04-07-13
    Ivonne 04-07-13
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    "Great listen!"

    If you like detective stories and mysteries, especially those that break the mold, I highly recommend this one. Its protagonist is an African American woman and the mystery to be solved connects the times of slavery in the United States with contemporary issues of undocumented migrants in farms. Very well done and a great performance read. I'm eagerly awaiting the next book by Attica Locke!

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  • Franni
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    2/11/13
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    "A much slower pace..."

    I've been listening to this book while walking the dog – and I freely admit there were times when I felt the author could have moved the pace along a bit.But then, this is the South, and the wonderful voice of the narrator combined with the unexpected ending has kept me listening to the end. This is not city crime, and its a definite break from my normal high body count preferences.



    I'm not advocating this as the perfect listen if you chose to walk your dog in unlit country places at night: it isn't, you'll start imagining footsteps behind you! And I'm not certain I would have read the paper version of the book, but I thought the combination of Ms Locke's writing & Quincy Tyler Bernstine's reading worked well together, and I will probably look for other work by both.

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  • MissPolkadotty
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    7/11/13
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    "Unfolds Slowly and Beautifully"

    I loved this audio edition- it's an atmospheric story that unfolds slowly but had me totally hooked, and the beautiful narration made the book even more appealing. It may not be a big book but it's one that stays with you and makes you want more. An absolute gem.
    I enjoyed Attica Locke's first book 'Black Water Rising' and will be watching out for more!

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  • AWH
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    12/23/12
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    "Sadly dull and unengaging"

    I'm afraid to say that although this book came highly recommended I found it to be dull and unengaging. It is beautifully read (I think the reading is actually described as a 'performance' which is probably not unfair) but the story itself is plodding in the extreme. The heat of the Deep South seems to have rendered the plotting soporific along with mots of the characters,

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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