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In In the Time of the Butterflies


Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
54
Narrator
16
Release Date
July 2007
Duration
13 hours 24 minutes
Summary
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.
Reviews

I found this a moving story and the timing to read perfect due to the current circumstances in America. It holds insights, warnings, and hope. I love that it tells of a real time period

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Juju G.

This book was absolutely a great read. Love the different perspectives of each character. Love the voices, it kept me engaged! I hope they redo the movie!

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Vanessa S.

An emotional piece that made me addicted to listening!!!

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Monica Z.

Exceptional book. So inspiring and moving. The narration was great, they used different narrators for the 4 different POVs in the book, which was great for listening and distinguishing. A very lovely read!

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Deanna S.

Awful! And the narrator sounds like she is chewing!!! So much saliva in her high pitched tone.

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