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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (22,850 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julia Alvarez Narrator: Rosie Berrido Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 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).

Three decades later, Julia Alvarez, daughter of the Dominican Republic and author of the acclaimed How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, brings the Mirabal sisters back to life in this extraordinary novel. Each of the sisters speaks in her own voice. Beginning as young girls in the 1940s, their stories vary from hair ribbons to gun-running to prison torture. Their story is framed by their surviving sister, who tells her own tale of suffering and dedication to the memory of Las Mariposas.

This inspired portrait of four women is a haunting statement about the human cost of political oppression, and is destined to take its place alongside Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude and Allende's The House of the Spirits as one of the great 20th-century Latin American novels.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diena Riding | 2/19/2014

    " Not a big fan of books that have a lot of physical self discovery. (Which this book had a lot of in the first few chapters) Also the narration was all over the place as far as I am concerned. I enjoyed the historical parts of the book I just wish there was more of that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cari Allen | 2/18/2014

    " This book was very well written, but I just could not get into it. I don't know if it was that I felt the voices of the 4 sisters seem too much alike and therefore couldn't really distinguish 4 separate personalities (exception being the character of Minerva). I would recommend it, however, to anyone who enjoys stories about political revolutions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 2/18/2014

    " I think overall this is a terrific book. There were some parts that were tough to follow, but it offered a great insight into life under a ruthless dictator and the risks people take toward revolution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 2/14/2014

    " Ok. This was a tough one. On the one hand, I loved how the author made these girls who have been held up as superhuman into completely human, reachable people. I really loved the characters and their families. Which is why I gave it less stars. I know, I know. It's historical fiction, based on fact, so it's not always pretty. But what can I say?? I like happy endings! The ending was pretty bitter sweet...leaning more towards the bitter side. Not a huge fan of the realistic endings, or of political struggles books. They make me so angry at those who are in power and who exert their power to burden and hurt their people. I see it so much and so often. I still can't understand the mentality. I loved the fact that these girls stood up to that power. I was just so sad at what happened to them and their families. AND I always hate what those power hungry 'leaders' do to women. Blech. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 1/26/2014

    " I LOVED this book. It's one of the best I've read in a while. The author's ability to combine fact and fiction is amazing. And I learned so much about the Dominican Republic! The Mariposas will stay with me forever! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CarolAnn | 1/23/2014

    " This book made me appreciate the freedoms we take for granted. I cannot express how deeply I feel for those who do not have what we have. But, would I be so moved to be like the Mirabel sisters and fight for the freedoms and to overthrow an evil dictator? They gave everything, even their lives in hope for a better future. This book was taken from factual events and people but fictionalized in the characters thoughts and life processes. But the author did a lot of research and even had help from the surviving Mirabel sister and daughter of Minerva Mirabel. A thoughtful, well-written read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy Shires | 1/22/2014

    " This was a good book, and well written. I took a while for me to understand what was going on, but I enjoyed it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katee | 1/21/2014

    " Loved this book! After I went to the Dominican Republic this past summer, I was interested in learning more about the country. A good book on history, you will not be disappointed with the page-turning suspense. "

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

    " Well, considering I read the 300+ page book in less than 24 hours... I think it's fair to say I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jorjan Loos | 1/18/2014

    " I really liked this book especially the courage of the sisters in a very unlikely setting. Even though it is fiction (based on a true story)I am anxious to do more reading on the subject. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 12/17/2013

    " I haven't ever known anything about the Dominican Republic and their history. I really enjoyed learning about it. And I thought that the book did a good job of keeping my attention "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 11/27/2013

    " A wonderful story of inspirational women who defied a corrupt regime. I definitely learned a lot about Dominican history. Loosely based on the lives of the Mirabal sisters. Vivan las mariposas! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elke | 11/25/2013

    " I got into learning about the Dominican Republic (after reading Junot Diaz). Liked reading about the history, was shocked and upset, too. As literature, the book was not particularly well written. I've seen better in Alvarez's short stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Lessard | 11/25/2013

    " I think Julia Alvarez is an amazing writer, but you really have to know more about the history of the Dominican Republic in this time period to get the full impact of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Cronin | 1/5/2013

    " Problably more a 3.5 -slow in the middle but overall really liked it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine Laney | 12/29/2012

    " Book Club at my house "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esther Bradley-detally | 8/3/2012

    " fabulous; there's a book before that; then Butterflies, and then another; read in that order; I adore Julia Alvaraz, her fiction and essays; she's wonderful "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 5/18/2012

    " Ik vond dit een heel mooi en aangrijpend boek. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 3/14/2012

    " I loved this novel!!! It was a beautiful depiction of the Mirabel sisters. I hope it was true to their culture and the reign of Trujillo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 2/24/2012

    " Great fictional story set in Dominican Republic during the Trujillo dictatorship. Beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dian | 1/15/2012

    " An amazing book, if you like books about love, family and sacrifice for the greater good, this is the book. Also it's a major tear jerker. "

  • 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 Alvarez

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

Julia Álvarez vivió su infancia en República Dominicana hasta 1960, cuando emigró a los Estados Unidos. Luego de obtener sus títulos de pregrado y postgrado en literatura y creación literaria, enseñó poesía durante muchos años y publicó su primer libro de poemas, Homecoming, en 1984. Ha recibido becas del Fondo Nacional para las Artes y de la Fundación Ingram Merrill. De cómo las muchachas García perdieron el acento recibió el premio PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles en 1991, que se entrega a obras que presentan un punto de vista multicultural. En la actualidad, enseña literatura inglesa en Middlebury College.