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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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Voodoo Dreams

I really loved this book. Just after listening to it for the second time. So little is really known about Marie, but walking through the French Quarter I realized New Orleans is a place where Marie would have belonged. Whoever she was, New Orleans certainly remembers her. If you are interested in historical fiction about the south and particularly New Orleans you will really enjoy this book.

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  • Melissa
  • 03-03-11

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.

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  • desley
  • 19-12-12

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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  • A.
  • 16-05-18

depressing

this was a story about a young girl who grew up with abuse molestation rape and at the end murder. this whole story was deeply saddened there was nothing in the story that felt as though there was an uplifting moment at any point in time it seemed like Marie Laveau could have committed suicide. It was not a story I expected nor did it sound like she actually achieved any level of happiness at the end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-03-18

Great book stteped in rich Voodon history!

this book was a perfect historical depiction of the life and times of Marie Laveau. the storyline of women's struggles are just as relevant today. I cried many times while listening to this while thinking of my mother, grand mother and great grand.

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  • Tamika Allen
  • 17-10-17

Great Novel

It’s gives you an insight of what Momma Mahre’s life would have been..... with so many stories and little known facts above the great Voodoo Queen this helps you paint a picture in your head of the beginning of a legend, life in New Orleans as a slave and the promise of purpose from God and our ancestors ..... what a great tale!

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  • Cherrise
  • 23-03-17

A most moving and necessary read.

I loved this book from start to finish. The charcter development is great, the complexity and exploration of history and religion moved me and provided a rationale for the behavior of the characters. Beautiful read.

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  • Heather Turiello
  • 12-10-13

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
  • 03-01-13

Horrid. Shame.

I've tried 3 times with this book. This last time I tried for hours & hours. The subject matter held promise. But this was horridly awful. Just awful. There's was this constant promise of mystery and intrigue. But nothing has been delivered after hours and hours of endless hours of dribble. Shame.

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