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Download En el Tiempo de las Mariposas (In the Time of the Butterflies) Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 5 4.09 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julia Alvarez Narrator: Rosie Berrido Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2007 ISBN:
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On a deserted mountain road in the Dominican Republic in 1960, three young women from a pious Catholic family were assassinated after visiting their husbands, who had been jailed as suspected rebel leaders. The Mirabal sisters, thus martyred, became mythical figures in their country, where they are known as Las Mariposas (the butterflies).

Here, each of the sisters speaks in her own voice, beginning as young girls in the 1940s. The subjects of their stories vary from hair ribbons to gun-running to prison torture. The narrative is framed by the surviving sister, who tells her own tale of suffering and dedication to the memory of Las Mariposas.

Please note: this audiobook is in Spanish.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sidik Fofana | 2/20/2014

    " (Six World Review) Will always weep for the Mirabals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 2/17/2014

    " Historical novel....Dominican Republic 1950-60s....fictionalized account of revolutionary sisters during the reign of Trujillo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/13/2014

    " This book was pretty good. It is always interesting to see how we remember people and events from our lives. Just to see how everything thing played out in the end for the sisters and to know that it is all a matter of choices. It is about choosing who you are and what you stand for. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 claire | 2/5/2014

    " Another wonderful read although heartbreaking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 1/31/2014

    " Engaging, heartbreaking story. Loved the sisters. Strong female characters, which I loved. Didn't know much about the Trujillo dictatorship before I read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi Stanford | 1/29/2014

    " I wathced the movie first (which I do not recommend), and I just had to get my hands on the book. I finished it in one day. It was so good. It is about a girl named Minerva who lives in the Dominican Republic during the rain of Trojillo. She goes through many hardships trying to defeat him. In the end though, she dies by Trojillo's minions. I felt the book was way more captavating then the movie. I recomend it to all "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tommy Key | 1/27/2014

    " A simply stunning book that lives up to its reputation. I loved reading the amazing story of the Mariposas. Alvarez has taken the characters and made the famous Mirabel sisters come alive. At the end of the book I felt I had emerged from a dream. Read this powerful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norma | 1/20/2014

    " In the Time of Butterflies is about a courageous family and their fight for freedom during the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. Author Julia Alavarez does a great job of bringing the Mirabel sisters to life and it feels very believable. It's a great blend of fiction and history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy Klein | 1/4/2014

    " This was solid story that was beautifully written about a history I did not know. I loved the bond of the sisters and understood what they were all fighting for, but would I have been brave enough or willing to leave my children to do the same if I was in that situation? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Courtney Jordan | 12/22/2013

    " I thought that I would be really interested but, I just never got to the good part. Too slow for me...didn't finish "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 12/13/2013

    " Absolutely wonderful. Julia Alvarez is becoming one of my favorite new authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara Neal | 12/2/2013

    " Interesting book. Although I wasn't sure what the facts of the story were until the epilogue at the end. Well written. The different viewpoints made the story more interesting. It was nice to have the whole story from the four sisters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JulesQ | 11/29/2013

    " This was lovely. I want to thank Rosie Berrido for an absolutely stunning audio performance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracy | 11/29/2013

    " The story/ characters did not draw me in, which is quite rare; as well as too many sexual references. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 11/24/2013

    " Great book! This book is part of my history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isidro Rivera | 11/21/2013

    " Marvelous voice. Perceptive and full of energy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 11/18/2013

    " I really enjoyed this. Sometimes I find the multicultural lit. I read in classes so depressing, but this is hopeful (even though sad). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mayra Thompson | 2/24/2013

    " Magnificent novel, extraordinary novel a must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 10/28/2012

    " It's the story of the sisters Mirabel during the tyranny of Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. I'll never understand how people can be so brave in such frightening times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jazzmom56 | 10/16/2012

    " Very interesting book about the Mirabelle sisters massacred by the murderous Trujillo regime in the Dominican Republic "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 9/9/2012

    " My second Julia Alvarez book about "El Jefe". I enjoy reading about Trujillo's dictatorship, but I would also like to know what happened after he was murdered. Did the next president bring peace to DR? What about the Maribal sisters' next generation? What is going on with them? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 9/8/2012

    " I enjoyed this book. Quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luka Debeljak | 3/26/2012

    " A greatly written story about the sad destiny of Mirabal sisters, who were fighting the dictatorship in Dominican Republic... a really touching story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natasha Small | 2/2/2012

    " Had to read this as a part of summer reading for a class in high school & it taught me about an era in hispanic culture nobody really knew about. Interesting & sad but very good and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 12/2/2011

    " Eye opening in many ways. A beneficial read for the history of pre 1960 Dominican Republic, the tyranny of Trujillo, examples of marital dynamics - successes and failures, prison life for women under the rule of a dictator, and more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aprilbarth | 9/16/2011

    " fictionalized history/biography of the Mirabel Sisters, las Mariposas, and their courageous stand for freedom and human dignity. Great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benita | 9/11/2011

    " The AHSS (Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences) Alumni group at DU have a book club, and this is the book they are currently reading. The author is part of their Distinguished Speakers Series and is scheduled to speak on April 17, 2012. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyndi | 5/8/2011

    " loved this book. it was difficult at first to keep all of the sisters straight, but hearing their different sides of the same story was excellent :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista | 5/3/2011

    " Wow, great historical novel. This was on the Chicago Library Book Club list. I love reading books about true events - it makes me feel smart :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 4/30/2011

    " I probably could have stayed in the Mirabal sisters' dangerous but beautiful world for another 300 pages. Truth and fiction were combined in this stunning tale of four sisters who helped to rid the Dominican Republic of Trujillo... I found myself holding my breath for pages at a time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 4/27/2011

    " this book was an interesting view into a revolution. It was rather graphic, so while I view it as an insightful book, I would not recommend it to anyone in middle school or younger. The narrator changes with each chapter, so you get some insight into each character's opinions and emotions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Jean | 4/25/2011

    " Great novel to curl up to -- the movie doesn't give it justice! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 4/20/2011

    " I remember especially liking the historical setting of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 4/16/2011

    " Great book I love to see our latino community rise and prosper! "

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About the Author
Author Julia AlvarezJulia Alvarez grew up in the Dominican Republic before emigrating to the United States at the age of 10. She now lives in Vermont, where she is a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College.