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Author: Nick Lake Narrator: Benjamin L. Darcie Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781455877041
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Shorty is a Haitian boy trapped in the rubble of a hospital when an earthquake shatters the world around him. Surrounded by lifeless bodies and growing desperately weak from lack of food and water, death seems imminent. Yet as Shorty waits for a rescue that may never come, he becomes aware of another presence, one reaching out to him across two hundred years of history. It is a man named Toussaint l’Ouverture—the Haitian slave turned revolutionary leader whose life was marred by violence and whose own end came in darkness. As Shorty slips in and out of consciousness, scenes from his life and Toussaint’s play back and entwine. And though separated by centuries, what this modern boy from the slums and the visionary black leader have in common will leave listeners shivering. Raw, harrowing, and peopled with vibrant characters, In Darkness is an extraordinary audiobook about the cruelties of man and nature, and the valiant, ongoing struggle for a country’s very survival. Advance Praise for In Darkness “A tale of two Haitis—one modern, one historic—deftly intertwine. . . . This double-helix-of-a-story explores the nature of freedom, humanity, survival and hope. A dark journey well worth taking—engrossing, disturbing, illuminating.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Gripping…Beautifully subtle.”

    New York Times

  • “A vivid and unforgettable voice…Incredibly moving.”

    Times (London)

  • “Both violent and subtle, unexpectedly reminding me of The Wire. Characters, settings, and the half-believed Haitian vodou religion are handled with patience and complexity…A serious, nuanced, challenging novel. Trust me, there are plenty of young readers who hunger for exactly that.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Remarkable…Lake’s elegant, restrained prose and distinct characters will reward adults and older teenagers able to brave a story with strong language, harrowing scenes of brutality and an almost painful stab of joy at the end.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “The portrait it reveals of a country relegated throughout history to brutality and neglect is powerful and moving.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Benjamin Darcie’s] accent and cadence transport listeners to Haiti.”

    School Library Journal

  • “A dark journey well worth taking—engrossing, disturbing, illuminating.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Winner of the 2013 Michael L. Printz Award
  • One of the 2012 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Teens
  • A 2013 Carnegie Medal for Literature Finalist

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Qail | 2/12/2014

    " Interesting book, truly gives a view of the gangster life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roberta | 1/17/2014

    " Really absorbing, great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Srosch | 12/26/2013

    " Gruesome, gave me nightmares. A neat tale of history though, great ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 12/25/2013

    " As the title implies, this is a dark book set in Haiti with alternating narratives -- from a boy 'imprisoned' in the rubble after the earthquake, reflecting on his life;to Touissant L'Ouverture, who led the battles to freedom for the slaves on the island. The book is well written but very depressing, especially since I have been to Haiti twice and seen the poverty and violence of City Soleil. A worthwhile read, though it is a good idea to read something light afterwards! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 12/24/2013

    " I can see why this book won the 2013 Michael L. Printz award. The author captures the essence of the characters perfectly. I loved how the historical fiction and present fiction combine. This is a must read. Not crazy about some of the curse words, but they do fit the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Your | 12/24/2013

    " A 3.5, so I'll be kind and push it to a 4. Interesting premise, highly realistic, kinda profane. I was in Haiti this summer on a mission trip, and didn't see any of the violence or drug use described, but I was in the northwest part of the country, not the capitol. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laeroport | 10/24/2013

    " Raw and horrible and completely amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/1/2013

    " At first it seemed a far-fetched notion that a kid in the 21st century would channel Toussaint L'Ouverture ... but then, it worked for me. Intense and enlightening about present day Haiti. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzette | 5/7/2013

    " Very deep and emotional book about a young man defining need. Very good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libriar | 4/10/2013

    " I read this because it won the Printz. Although it was fascinating, I question why this was published as a teen book. I can't think of any teen I would recommend it to but I can think of a handful of adults who will appreciate it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyla | 2/6/2013

    " Wow. That was hard to read. Every time I put it down for a day or two I really had to struggle to get back into the voice and the flow of the story. I know it was worthy and worthwhile. But yes, I kinda get the Printz controversy now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward | 6/3/2012

    " Powerful, gripping, haunting, and quite remarkable. This is a novel that has to be revisited multiple times to fully appreciate its richness and complexity. "

About the Author

Nick Lake is the editorial director for fiction for HarperCollins Children’s Books UK. He became fascinated by Haitian culture while pursuing his master’s degree in linguistics and has since integrated this interest into his writing.

About the Narrator

Benjamin L. Darcie has been on the stage since he was six years old, performing in everything from musicals to Shakespeare. He drifted from the stage to the screen, acting in and directing short films, as well as doing voiceover work and narration for trailers, films, and audio books. He currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.