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
"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)
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.
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.
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!
I was enthralled by this story and couldn't put it down. The author skillfully wove this story based on a series of historical events. Without much to work with, she brought the girls to life without turning them into heroes. The readers were also excellent.
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.
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.
I would to remember parts I might have missed.
I can't think of any comparison.
Having several different narrators for each sister was confusing at times, but interesting too.
A book that opens a dorr to a forgotten part of the past.
This is one of my favorite audio books in a long time. The narration (done by several different people) was fantastic, the story and writing drew me in the entire time. The prose is at the same time rich and beautiful, but also simple and easy to follow.
I only write reviews when something is extraordinary. Everything about this is above and beyond. The narrators were EXCELLENT! The story was beautifully and vividly written by Julia Alvarez. Most of all, the true story of the Mirabal sisters has touched my heart so deeply. I'm afraid I can't do the story justice. I am grateful to Julia Alvarez for telling their story. This book AND audiobook would make a memorable and beautiful gift not only for all sisters and mothers - but for anyone who would be touched and moved by bravery and steadfastness in the face of tyranny and oppression. Just read it and even better, listen to it, and you will give *yourself* a gift. My heart is just overflowing. I feel that I'm a better person for having heard their story. I plan to give this audiobook to each of my sisters.
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