Island Beneath the Sea: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Isabel Allende

Narrated By: S. Epatha Merkerson

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: April 2010

Duration: 17 hours 57 minutes


Born on the island of Saint-Domingue, Zarit'known as T't'is the daughter of an African mother she never knew and one of the white sailors who brought her into bondage. When twenty-year-old Toulouse Valmorain arrives on the island in 1770, he purchases young T't' for his bride. Yet it is he who will become dependent on the services of his teenaged slave.

Against the merciless backdrop of sugar cane fields, the lives of T't' and Valmorain grow ever more intertwined. When the bloody revolution of Toussaint Louverture arrives, they flee the brutal conditions of the French colony that will become Haiti for the raucous, free-wheeling enterprise of New Orleans. There, T't' finally forges a new life, but her connection to Valmorain is deeper than anyone knows and not easily severed. Isabel Allende crafts the riveting story of one woman's determination to find love amid loss, to offer humanity though her own has been so battered, and to forge her own identity in the cruelest of circumstances.


  • Anonymous

    I typically enjoy Isabel Allende's books, but this one seemed long and tedious. Maybe it was the subject matter of slavery. It depressed me.

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