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3.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 5 3.74 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edwidge Danticat Narrator: Robin Miles Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2016 ISBN: 9781440797286
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Best-selling, American Book Award-winning author Edwidge Danticat-a two-time selectee of Oprah's Book Club-delivers a powerful tale of facing the past and making the decisions and sacrifices that shape the future. In Haiti during the dictatorial 1960s, the man known as the "dew breaker" was a torturer. Now a fixture in Brooklyn, he maintains a quiet life as a husband and father. His terrible deeds lie buried. As we meet his family, neighbors, and even his victims, his story becomes one of rebellion and reconciliation. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa Eneas | 2/16/2014

    " Another great story, so well written and emotionally descriptive. She transports you to the time, place and tragedy of her stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 2/11/2014

    " It started out good and then about 70% in I just lost interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/11/2014

    " Edwidge Danticat is still one of my favorite writers, but this was not one of my favorite books of hers. I listened to it on audiobook, and it took me a while to realize that each section was a different short story rather than a different chapter. While the writing is still beautiful, I wasn't sure how some of the stories tied in. They were definitely thought-provoking, particularly since we get to see what is a simultaneous sympathetic and condemning look at a former Haitian macoute who worked in the torture chambers. It brought up a lot of issues around forgiveness and what to do with such a horrendous past. Even after a person has changed, does the past ever go away? How does someone like that move on? I felt like the "dew breaker" (the torturer) got a bit of the short stick as far as characterization goes. I didn't really understand how he transformed so drastically, and I wanted to understand it more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 2/9/2014

    " Read it for my book group. I love Danticat's language and imagery. A good book to remind us of why Baby Doc should not Duvalier should not stay in Haiti. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 2/4/2014

    " Danticat is a master, and she's still so young. Beautiful, evocative stories, dripping with pathos, and yet they work. Fantastic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mickey | 1/31/2014

    " A collection of short stories focused on a common character -- a torturer from Haiti. Lovely language, but a bit awkward in structure. (For Professor B; 300+ pages) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Badger Diva | 1/28/2014

    " great young artist who uses words to paint "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/17/2014

    " The story is artfully told, and brings into question all that we hold as our personal truths, and the lies we tell ourselves to help us go on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 tai | 1/10/2014

    " this is a good "young adult" type novel to turn the kids onto good writing. it's respectable without the tediousness that literature snobs like myself so enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 G | 1/2/2014

    " A diverse chorus of voices creates this collection/novel that explores the ramifications of violence and degradation with an unflinching eye. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 12/20/2013

    " A thought-provoking collection of interlocking stories about Haitian-Americans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celia | 10/25/2013

    " A very moving, emotional book that unearths the undercurrents of family relationships. Gives an aspect of how ironic life can be and shows how constructive forgiveness can be. I would recommend this book to everyone who wishes to read a book that is deep, emotional and timeless. "

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

    " A fast + interesting read with a series of stories surrounding the main narrative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 alison | 10/9/2013

    " Thus far i am really enjoying this Haitian tale. Lots of connections between characters and a flow a lot like "The God of Small Things" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 10/6/2013

    " Excellent collection of stories on Haiti during the time of Baby Doc. Well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 10/3/2013

    " Framed as a novel of loosely related stories, this book is a thoughtful, but often barren look at Haitian expatriates in Brooklyn, and the common link they all share - fear and shame of the tonton macoutes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara Perkins | 6/9/2013

    " Is it possible to redeem yourself after committing such heinious crimes against other humans? Question posed to reader in this book. Again Edwidge describes the brutality of dictators and the people living under their rule. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Smita | 3/10/2013

    " Tale of the Haitians living in New York.. all intertwined "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kalei Stern | 1/25/2013

    " couldn't get into it, not an easy read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 12/7/2012

    " I loved this book! It's a bunch of short stories with the common theme of Haiti under Duvalier and Baby Doc. Some of the stories are obviously connected. I'd like to read the book again to see if I can make more connections. Brilliantly and gorgeously written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dorothy | 11/20/2012

    " I felt the book was unfinished. I don't always like neat and tidy endings but this one was screaming for a resolution. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jodi | 8/20/2012

    " Found this book fairly disjointed. I really liked it up to about the halfway point, then waited disappointedly for everything to come together. Maybe it would have worked better as short stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 5/13/2012

    " Danticat doesn't just speak from her soul, but from the soul of an entire country, and from my soul as well. beautiful, charming, sad, graceful... Danticat does it all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/20/2012

    " Gorgeous writing from Danticat. Glad to finally read her prose. My favorite story of the lot is the titular one "The Dew Breaker." I like how she weaved the story together and ended it with the main characters salvation, of sorts. A book I can learn from. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 11/26/2011

    " This book grabbed me at the beginning. I did feel a little lost in the middle when some of the sections didn't seem to make a connection with the beginning. But it does tie up in the end. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lolly | 11/20/2011

    " I've just started this and, so far, like it more than Breath, Eyes, Memory (though I loved the language). I see Danticat on Friday; I'll post something after I hear her speak. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexandra | 5/21/2011

    " A really effective collection that would have stood perfectly well on its own as unrelated short stories, but manages to become even more than the sum of its parts as each tale weaves in and out of the others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paige | 5/21/2011

    " I read this in one night for a college class--not so much because it was captivating as because I had procrastinated so much that I had to read the whole thing the night before it was due. It was, however, pretty damn good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 5/19/2011

    " Interconnecting stories of life and how Haiti's past transformed the lives of everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angelsea | 5/12/2011

    " I loved this book. The stories meld together slowly over the course of the book and give a remarkable picture of Haiti in the time of Baby Doc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/17/2011

    " I learned and pondered and mourned. New appreciation for the Haitian struggle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 2/28/2011

    " If you haven't read any Danticat yet, now would be a great time to start, and this book would be a great choice. Her writing is gorgeous, and her subject matter is especially topical in the wake of the 2010 earthquake and Duvalier's return to Haiti. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharah | 2/17/2011

    " This book was okay. I like the subject matter, but I feel the way it was told was too disjointed. The disjointed story tellings ruined the smoothness and emotional impact for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 2/1/2011

    " Read it for my book group. I love Danticat's language and imagery. A good book to remind us of why Baby Doc should not Duvalier should not stay in Haiti. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/30/2011

    " Truly wonderful, memorable, moving! Highly recommended! "

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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 Narrator

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.