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In the Time of the Butterflies Audiobook

In the Time of the Butterflies

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 General Raphael Leonidas Trujillo's dictatorship.
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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 General 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.

©1994 Julia Alvarez; (P)2006 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"Though murder, torture, and imprisonment are ever-present, she wisely choses to focus on the personal lives of these young wives and mothers, full of love, beauty, and, especially, hope." (Library Journal)

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    Santiago Teaneck, NJ, USA 03-31-10
    Santiago Teaneck, NJ, USA 03-31-10
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    "Excellent!"

    This is a well written book, which provides a historical perspective to Trujillo's iron fist rule of the Dominican Republic. The author does a great job improvising for the "unknown" in the life of the Mirabal sisters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    G.Guzman 08-07-14
    G.Guzman 08-07-14
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    "Wonderful book and great narration"

    I didn't know anything about the Mirabal sisters so this book was a good way to understand their story and their lives under the Trujillo regime. This was my second Audible book so I was very impressed by the narration. The first book I heard was very badly narrated(Gabriel Garcia Marquez.. A Life by Gerald Martin) so I am glad Audible used Latina voices for this audio book. The four narrators really brought the story to life.You don't want to stop listening so enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    G Reinhardt 04-08-08
    G Reinhardt 04-08-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautiful"

    I sadly don't have a great deal of knowledge when it comes to world history of the mid-1900s. This was a FABULOUS way to learn of the struggles of the D. R. This book was beautifully written without a dull moment. I HIGHLY recommend this book. This is a book I can see me coming back to in the future.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Abony Richmond, CA, USA 08-09-09
    Abony Richmond, CA, USA 08-09-09
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    "Great "page turner""

    This book definitely made me want to learn more about the DR and its history. It was also supremely entertaining, and the readings were excellent.

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    Sarah C Poller 03-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Maybe it's just me but..."

    The story itself is excellent, and I enjoyed the readers' voices with one MAJOR exception: the sound quality is so acute that you can hear their mouths (that lip/tongue smacking sound) and also maybe the pages being turned. (At first, I thought I was just being crazy, but I played the audio for my husband and he could hear it too.) It was a bit unnerving.

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    pineapple 12-29-15
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    "A different view , I really enjoyed it"

    I heard of many different stories about the Mirabal's sisters. This one totally had me hooked until the end. My favorite part was how it tells each of their stories, and poor Dede.

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    vincent harding 12-16-15
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    "Exquisite"

    Though fictional in a way, I found it very intriguing. Too many characters at times.

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    JaneSkis 09-27-15
    JaneSkis 09-27-15

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    "fantastic book!"

    Such great concepts in a compelling and endearing story! I highly recommend this book! Its also makes me appreciate the freedoms I take for granted. every dy.

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    Silicon Valley Reader Sunnyvale, CA USA 09-21-15
    Silicon Valley Reader Sunnyvale, CA USA 09-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story & important historically."

    This is great historical fiction. If one travels to the Dominican Republic, you will see tributes to the sisters who fought Trujillo. Study history to understand the present.

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    Amber L. Shupe Flagstaff, AZ USA 05-27-15
    Amber L. Shupe Flagstaff, AZ USA 05-27-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Heart Touching"

    This performance and story had me laughing, scoffing, gasping, and crying out loud! I am deeply moved by story and the author does a great job of adding understanding and of reaching the hearts of the North Americans.
    She took liberties, yes. But, as she states in her note at the end, she creates a passage to our hearts and humanizes the martyrs as well as sheds light on the dark times had in the Dominican Republic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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