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Cane River Audiobook

Cane River

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Publisher's Summary

It is on a medium Creole plantation owned by a family named Derbanne that the stories of four astonishing women who battled vast injustices to create a legacy of hope and achievement came to life. They were women whose lives began in slavery, who weathered the Civil War, and who grappled with the contradictions of emancipation through the turbulent early years of the twentieth century. Through it all, they fought to unite their family and forge success on their own terms.

Amid small farmhouses and a tightly knit community of French-speaking slaves, free people of color, and whites, Tademy's great-great-great-great-grandmother Elisabeth would bear both a proud heritage and the yoke of slavery. Her youngest daughter, Suzette, would be the first to discover the promise - and heartbreak of freedom. Suzette's strong-willed daughter Philomene would use determination born of tragedy to reunite her family and gain unheard-of economic independence. And Emily, Philomene's spirited daughter, would fight to secure her children's just due and preserve their future against dangerous odds.

©2001 by Lalita Tademy; All Rights Reserved; (P)2001 by Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Elements Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

What the Critics Say

An Oprah Book Club Selection
"Melodic voices and elegant description of four generations of African-American women lull you into the past and bring you into the rich, textured lives of the Derbanne family." (AudioFile)

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    Judith Buckhurst Hill,, Essex, United Kingdom 12/10/2006
    Judith Buckhurst Hill,, Essex, United Kingdom 12/10/2006
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    "Cane River"

    The readers of the book were engaging. The story line was descriptive and filled with historical detail that captured the imagination. The story was easy to follow.

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  • Betty
    Dobson, NC, USA
    06/06/04
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    "Cane River"

    Wonderful story and narration. As a white women, I felt a part of this family. I would have given 5 stars except that it ends abruptly. It seemed as if the author just ran out of paper.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    allen, TX, USA
    20/07/04
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    "It's a good one."

    I read this because it was on Oprah's list, and it deserved to be. Interesting insight and perspective of the lives of African-Americans before and after the Civil War and slavery. Thought provoking as well as entertaining. Good narration.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    ProspectAustralia
    22/01/05
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    "Battle between white and colour...."

    I was alittle hesitant about this book. But knowing it was on Oprahs list I thought I'd give it a try. Absolutely believable. A fascinating listen about a family of 'coloured' people and their struggle to become 'normal and accepted'in the late 1800's/1900's. Whilst listening you feel yourself becoming a part of this family and hoping that they would win the battle between white and coloured people. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Started alittle slow I thought but definately glad I continued, infact found myself not wanting to 'put it down'!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rhonda
    Cedar Rapids, IA, USA
    20/02/04
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    "Excellent book!"

    Cane River is a wonderfully thought-provoking book. The descriptions of the people and the places are very vivid. It is interesting to compare the dynamics of today's society to the groundwork laid out in this piece of fiction. It was very real. Well worth the download.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    Virginia Beach, VA, USA
    28/11/03
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    "Terrific"

    This is a great story. The author blends history and drama together beautifully.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amy
    HARRISBURG, NC, United States
    18/02/12
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    "A story of strong women"

    If you're listening to this book while driving, it's the kind of book that will make you want to sit in your car in the garage even after you've arrived home because you're not ready to stop listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • ObxRiley
    12/10/08
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    "Yawn"

    I hate to be the first to leave a bad review so I will be mild. This book was so predictable. It was very well read but the story itself was average, there were too many characters to get involved with any single one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    08/09/16
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    "Cane River Negri Genealogy"

    This is my second go round and I think it should be required reading in the schools.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delisa
    30/07/16
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    "great story"

    Can't wait to ready more of her books . Great story telling everyone she read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cecilia McNeil
    02/06/16
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    "A little slow!"

    I did not get what I expected with this book it seemed to drag. The characters all kind of ran together in my opinion. I would not recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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