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Because We Are Audiobook

Because We Are: A Novel of Haiti

Ten-year-old orphan Libète has been hardened by the daily struggle to survive in Cité Soleil, Haiti's most infamous slum. But when she and her best friend, Jak, discover a young mother and her baby brutally murdered in a nearby marsh, it's unlike anything she's encountered before. Though initially shocked, the adults of Cité Soleil move on quickly from the event; after all, death is commonplace in this community.
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Ten-year-old orphan Libète has been hardened by the daily struggle to survive in Cité Soleil, Haiti's most infamous slum. But when she and her best friend, Jak, discover a young mother and her baby brutally murdered in a nearby marsh, it's unlike anything she's encountered before. Though initially shocked, the adults of Cité Soleil move on quickly from the event; after all, death is commonplace in this community. Undaunted, Libète takes action with Jak in tow, plunging herself into a dangerous, far-reaching plot that will change her irrevocably and threaten everything she holds dear.

Because We Are is a profound and mesmerizing tale of a young girl's search for justice in an unjust world, set against the vivid and tumultuous backdrop of modern-day Haiti.

©2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. (P)2014 Ted Oswald

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    JJ HOUSTON, TX, United States 11-17-14
    JJ HOUSTON, TX, United States 11-17-14 Member Since 2014

    Fat balding hippy.

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    "Absolutely fantastic."

    I profoundly enjoyed this book and performance. This one will stick with me for a while. I was afraid this would be too much of a 'Young Adult' title, but it's definitely for mature readers.
    A few plot elements were predictable, but that was a very minor blemish on an otherwise fantastic piece of work.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    ayodele higgs 05-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story"

    It was an exciting well told story. I fell in love with the characters. The story touched on so many problems facing impoverished people.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Dayle Hoover, Al, United States 08-09-15
    Dayle Hoover, Al, United States 08-09-15 Member Since 2007
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    "What a great surprise!"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a richly complex story with characters who bring the glue to hold you spellbound. Fantastic narration. I was pleasantly surprised and did not want it to end! MORE from this writer!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothy G. Taylor 07-17-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing"

    I could not stop listening. Liberty is muy little hero. The book was well written. I want more from this writer.
    I also love the narrator she gave the story life.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Trottier Sandwich, MA, United States 11-16-15
    Trottier Sandwich, MA, United States 11-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "316 books this one is my favorite"

    I listen to all kinds of books. From historical fiction to zombies. This book grabbed me from the start . Up lifting meaningful, funny,sad , I actually had to whip my eyes a couple times . Loved Liberty we have no idea how lucky we have it honestly .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bsparkled 11-13-15
    Bsparkled 11-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"

    This audiobook was such a gem in every way. Not a mystery--multiple mysteries. Characters that touch your heart and raise you up. The narration was perfect and so lovingly done. Also yet another example of how unnecessary foul language is to a gripping story. I wish I had 10 more audiobooks like this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kirsten coppola Sicklerville, NJ, US 11-11-15
    kirsten coppola Sicklerville, NJ, US 11-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Pleasantly surprised"

    I bought this book on sale & I didn't know what to expect. It's different from the usual genre I read.
    I enjoyed this book but at first I was confused because it jumps from present to past. I just wanted to hug Liberté & give her a hug. I'm sure the characters are all fictional. This book opened my eyes to the trouble in Haiti.

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    Tiffany 12-23-15
    Tiffany 12-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    this book is Not recommended if you are against spiritism.
    Bahni Turpin is an excellent narrator.

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    Leslie Turner 12-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic"
    Where does Because We Are rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranks in the top 10


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the main character, she was such a wise and precocious child.


    What does Bahni Turpin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Bahni Turpin pulled me in as if I was witnessing these things first hand.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Life at it's best and worst!


    Any additional comments?

    This would make a coming of age movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry East Texas, United States 12-02-15
    Sherry East Texas, United States 12-02-15 Member Since 2015

    Member since 2008, not 2015, as shown below.

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    "At Least Bahni was Awesome..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. The story skipped from one time frame to another, and was hard to follow at times. It might be one of those books that is easier to read. Plus, to be honest, the story was just a little boring to me.


    What could Ted Oswald have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I really don't know. I think it might be a book some people would enjoy. Just not for me.


    Which character – as performed by Bahni Turpin – was your favorite?

    Every character - as performed by Bahni Turpin - was great. She did a perfect job. Her performance is the only reason I didn't give up on the book. I loved listening to her. She always gives wonderful performances, but this one was absolutely incredible. I've bought many a book simply on her merits as narrator. I cannot say enough good things about her.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not.


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