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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

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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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To much lip smacking

I really do not like that you hear all smacking of lips. Almost like moving gum in her mouth and swallowing.

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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!

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Amazing!

Incredibly well written and narrated! I can't remember the last time I wanted to hurry up and leave work or stop what I was doing just so I could get back to listening to my book.

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The reading an actual audio is good, however, the chapters don't match up with the actual chapters of the book. This was frustrating.

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I am compelled to write a review for this book.

I rated this book with all five stars after I listened to it. But as went through my day I realized that I too was morning the 'Three Butterflies .' Julia Alvarez is a master. I felt like I was living in the story. Her characters are real. Her development of characters is meaningful and 3-Dimensional. I miss the 'Butterflies ." Losing them felt personal for me, and heartbreaking for the Dominican Republic . There lives are such a lesson of faithfulness and bravery.

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My new favorite book since the house of the spirits

What an amazing and inspiring story! In a world in which we feel that we are loosing our humanity this book really inspire us and gives us hope. Vivan las mariposas !

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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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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.

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