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Publisher's Summary




Best Western, 2013 International Book Awards
2013 National Indie Excellence Awards winner, Western fiction category
Gold Prize in Historical Fiction & Best Western Fiction - 2013 Global Ebook Awards
Award-Winner in the 'Fiction: Historical' category of The 2012 USA Best Book Awards

The Whip is a multi-award winning novel inspired by the true story of Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man in the Old West.
As a young woman in Rhode Island, she fell in love with a runaway slave and had his child. He was lynched, her baby killed. 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. 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.
Charley was the first known woman to vote in America in 1868 (as a man). Her grave lies in Watsonville, California.
©2012 Karen Kondazian (P)2012 Karen Kondazian
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4 out of 5 stars
By Kate+Mitchell Powell on 12-25-13

Too too sad for me to finish, so a personal review

Narrator is great, and the story may be great -- I made it about halfway through but the violence is so sad and horrible that I could not finish the book. I can handle some violence, and can take sadness in books, but this one was too much. The writer is good, so if you can handle it, great.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Portlander on 08-03-13

MUST LISTEN

Where does The Whip rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This by far, is my favorite. It's not only true, but an exciting story. Robin Weigert is brilliant. The only actress who could have narrated this book, Robin is very, very brilliant. Robin is incredibly convincing with each character and each characters voices. I wish to see this in a movie but only if Robin plays Charlie Parkhurst.

What did you like best about this story?

It was based on a true story. To her ownself she was true. From not allowing the color of a man's skin or his station enter her decision to fall for the man she loved.

What does Robin Weigert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Robin does each voice brilliantly. Not just good but committed to a level that one usually doesn't get to experience. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. The ONLY actress who could have performed these characters so well. Robin hits a level of excellence very much appreciated by this listener.

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

Several. When Tonia acts on her impulse to even the score for Charlie. When Charlie makes her decision to just, change after being kicked by the horse. When Charlie's old friend returns. Also, when Sugar Foot's identity was revealed to her.

Any additional comments?

I appreciated the obituaries at the end. The acknowledgement for this brave woman who was unofficially "the Whip" of the West. Also to know that she was probably the first woman to vote in the United States. I would like to see this and Charlie Parkhurst honored at the Western Museum in Los Angeles. The have honored the buffalo girls but this story is unique and important.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Dandylion on 06-17-17

TOUGH GIRL

For me ,I'm always inspired by those individuals who live there true life even to the potential damage to there body sole and mind. This true story about a very important figure in history was one that needed to be told and I for one enjoyed the ride ...

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