Extended Audio Sample

Download In the Time of the Butterflies Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez Click for printable size audiobook cover
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: Alma Cuervo, Melanie Martinez, Blanca Camacho, Noemi de la Puente Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
Regular Price: $29.99 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

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 Gen. 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.

Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Wonderful…Skillfully weaves fact and fiction, building to a gut-wrenching climax.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • > Show All
Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations