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Because We Are Audiobook
Because We Are
Written by: 
Ted Oswald
Narrated by: 
Bahni Turpin
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Because We Are Audiobook

Because We Are: A Novel of Haiti

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Publisher's Summary

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 11-11-15 Member Since 2016
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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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    Joyce Steele 05-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Very well done."

    At times I thought the story was too long. Then there were time I couldn't wait to get to the next chapter. This book capture my attention and kept it!

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    Jenni 05-10-16
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    "good overall."

    over all it was good, it was very hard to follow l, due to jumping all over with the story. Frustrating at moments, because you could not understand what was going on between chapters. It was a really good and glad I finished, just could of been wrote less confusing.
    the narrator was awesome and great choice for the book.

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    Chrystall Ladlee 04-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent!"

    Poetic. Heartbreaking. Uplifting...the list could go on forever. Highly recommended for anyone to read. Yes, it's a work of fiction but so much of that lines up with what happened after that earthquake.

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