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.
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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.
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!
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.
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 .
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.
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.
Ranks in the top 10
I loved the main character, she was such a wise and precocious child.
Bahni Turpin pulled me in as if I was witnessing these things first hand.
Life at it's best and worst!
This would make a coming of age movie.
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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.
I really don't know. I think it might be a book some people would enjoy. Just not for me.
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.
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