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In the Time of the Butterflies Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (22,878 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julia Alvarez Narrator: Noemi de la Puente, Alma Cuervo, Bianca Carnacho, Melanie Martinez Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It is November 25, 1960, and the bodies of three beautiful, convent-educated sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. El Caribe, the official newspaper, reports their deaths as an accident. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of General Raphael Leonidas Trujillo's dictatorship. It doesn't have to. Everyone knows of Las Mariposas: The Butterflies.

Now, three decades later, Julia Alvarez, also a daughter of the Dominican Republic and long haunted by these sisters, immerses us in a tangled and dangerous moment in Hispanic Caribbean history to tell their story in the only way it can truly be understood: through fiction. In this brilliantly characterized novel, the voices of all four sisters - Minerva, Patria, Maria Teresa, and Dede - speak across the decades, to tell their own stories, from hair ribbons to gunrunning to prison torture, and to describe the everyday horrors of life under Trujillo's rule.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Jennifer | 2/11/2014

    " A really interesting and well-written account of the "Era of Trujillo" as viewed throught the eyes of the Miribal sisters in the Dominican Republic. I knew nothing of this history, but found it a nice read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Christine Boyer | 2/8/2014

    " This is an important book to read, and an important story to know. Alvarez does a skillful job in taking a tragic true story about 4 sisters who grew up during Trujillo's dictatorship in the Dominican Republic and weaving it into a suspenseful and moving novel. I gave it five stars because the writing was excellent, I didn't want to put it down, and I walked away with some deeper philosophical thoughts about this world of ours and my own place in it. This story is the kind that makes one consider courage, loyalty, and activism. Now I want to see the movie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Crystal | 1/29/2014

    " I had to read this book for my Women and Literature course, and it was one of the few books assigned that I actually enjoyed. The story of these sisters pulled at my heart! It is a story full of lessons and courage, that tells of a time of discord I was not privy to before reading. A great read for anyone who enjoys history! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Sally | 1/22/2014

    " A great, compelling read. You will learn a bit as it is historical fiction, and you'll want to learn more. Definitely recommend it. "

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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.