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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,196 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edwidge Danticat Narrator: Dion Graham, Robin Miles Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781440797279
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American Book Award-winning author Edwidge Danticat earned a National Book Award nomination for this brilliant collection of stories, which includes Pushcart Prize winner "Between the Pool and the Gardenias." A "remarkably gifted writer" (Publishers Weekly), Danticat examines the brutality of her native Haiti, particularly as it affects women, in tales that soar with raw emotion. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ksenia | 2/20/2014

    " Intense, compelling, amazing... One of my favorite short story collections. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 2/19/2014

    " I had to get this read before Good Thunder. Danticat is amazing...one of those writers who uses simple words in the best order to surprise you with the most powerful images. The first story in the collection "Children of the Sea" is responsible for the four-star rating. Beautiful story. Tragic story. Human story. I also enjoyed how the character names recurred throughout the book, forcing me to consider the connections among women across the decades and the continents. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 2/16/2014

    " Edwidge Danticat is my favorite author. I love her writing slyle, and have also had the priveledge of hearing her read once, when the Dew Breaker came out. This is a book of short stories...an insight into Haitian culture and it's struggles. I just read this book for the second time. Seni, I think you have my original copy, signed by the author. Hope you have read it by now. If not, get busy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Elizabeth | 2/14/2014

    " Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat is a collection of short stories that detail the Haitian experience. A combination of reflection, storytelling, history, and memories each story brings to light different aspects of Haitian culture, while reinforcing the commonalities between the Haitian people. As a whole, Krik? Krak! is an emotional whirlwind. Danticat brings forth the raw emotions felt by the characters and exposes the reader to those same feelings of love, kinship, grief, and pride. In attempting to dissect the novel, I found myself wanting to know why Danticat would want the reader to relive these somber stories. To all readers whether Haitian or not, the stories illustrate a turbulent past in Haiti through images of oppression, destitution, and tragedy. Danticat may hope to use these stories to remind the Haitian people of their past, not just through dates and event, but through the eyes of their ancestors. Krik? Krak! is a testament to retell these stories and carry the past with you always. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 2/8/2014

    " this book includes some very sad love stories & beautiful tales that put life in perspective in a really good way "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 2/6/2014

    " Every woman has a story that would break your heart, and here they are... fresh on the page, and scaldingly poignant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yami Fabian | 2/6/2014

    " This is a great book for young adults and adults. It has different short stories which are very interesting and connect in some ways. I really liked the short story it had about a young lady and a young male who are far away and they are in love. They write eachother love letters and things that are happening to them, its like a love story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 2/5/2014

    " I agree with Jim Gladstone's review, that these tales of Hatian women and families "take on the resonance of folk art." A lot of folk art is two-dimensional, right? Something about Danticat's writing style reminds me of this... it's missing a dimension, but not in a bad way. The complexity is found in the histories of the characters and the struggles they represent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 1/31/2014

    " A good short story collection that shows the tragedies of Haiti before the earthquake. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Barrera | 1/19/2014

    " One of my favorite book of collected short stories. Danticat is one of my all time favorite writers. Even though I'm Hispanic, I can very easily connect with the Hatian culture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/1/2014

    " Oh, this book is everything I hoped it would be: beautiful, lyrical, and intensely painful. In fact, I couldn't finish it -- I need a break from it and then I'll return. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tutu | 12/1/2013

    " Profound and beautiful short stories about Haiti and refugees from Haiti living in Brooklyn, which all tie up in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 11/14/2013

    " Several short stories woven together through time via generations of Hatian women. I especially liked the first story and the way she pulled everything together in the end. An eye opening powerful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 614(life) | 11/12/2013

    " Auntie Edwidge's first slice of brilliance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dev | 11/9/2013

    " Read this in college -I can't believe she was only a teenager when she wrote this! Very talented young writer! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Imma | 10/28/2013

    " A book packed full of powerful stories about feminine oppression within the Haitian culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 10/5/2013

    " Poignant, tough read, short stories about life in Haiti "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammysurprin | 1/3/2013

    " Great Haitian author "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 9/6/2012

    " Written very elegantly and true to the horrors of Haitian history. Danticat is amazing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 7/24/2012

    " I feel like i've read this before. Thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 6/16/2012

    " A heart-breaking set of short stories about Haiti. After reading this book I immediately wanted to read more by this author, and learn more about Haiti. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie M. | 4/19/2011

    " You can pretty much go read anything by Edwidge Danticat and you'll be all set, but I find her short stories marginally more breathtaking than her novels. Just my opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 2/8/2011

    " An author I really enjoy. This series of 9 stories gives a voice to the women in Haiti over many years, an understanding of the history, troubles and all they have had to endure. If you haven't read Edwidge Danticat - you must! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 1/30/2011

    " I thought the stories were amazing and tragic. I was confused by the connections between them. Several referred to previous stories, but I was confused by the timeline of the stories. Most of the story revolve around sex and violence and are very powerful in the telling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 614(life) | 12/28/2010

    " Auntie Edwidge's first slice of brilliance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/9/2010

    " The best stories in this collection are the first and last, "Children of the Sea" and "Caroline's Wedding." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 12/7/2010

    " The stories are heartbreaking, but I'm not as big a fan of the writing and structure of the book, itself. Even so, my short time in Haiti is impetus enough to read the other book of hers that I have on my shelf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige | 12/3/2010

    " A well-written look into a world I have no experience with. Incredibly depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 11/28/2010

    " A series of short stories that center around Haitian women. Beautifully written, the stories will make you smile and cry, often in the same paragraph. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 11/7/2010

    " awesome awesome awesome! danticat is a fantastic writer! everyone should read this. it's a bunch of haitian short stories, but they are intertwined. very easy to read too "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 9/30/2010

    " I don't often read short stories, but I will now. These are beautifully written haunting stories of a ravaged country, and this was before the earth quake. "

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About the Author
Author Edwidge Danticat

Edwidge Danticat is the author of numerous books, including Brother, I’m Dying, a National Book Critics Circle Award and National Book Award finalist; Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner; and The Dew Breaker, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the inaugural Story Prize. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she has been published in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and elsewhere. She lives in Miami.

About the Narrators

Dion Graham, from HBO’s The Wire, also narrates The First 48 on A&E. Winner of dozens of Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. His performances have been praised as thoughtful and compelling, vivid and full of life.

Robin Miles, also known as Violet Grey, is an accent specialist and award-winning narrator of over two hundred audiobooks. She was named the 2008 Best Voice in Fiction & Classics for The Pirate’s Daughter and 2008 Best Voice in Biography & History for Brother, I’m Dying.