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" We the Animals is a dark jewel of a book. It’s heartbreaking. It’s beautiful. It resembles no other book I’ve read. We should all be grateful for Justin Torres, a brilliant, ferocious new voice." (Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize–winning author)

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An exquisite, blistering debut novel.

Three brothers tear their way through childhood—smashing tomatoes all over each other, building kites from trash, hiding out when their parents do battle, tiptoeing around the house as their mother sleeps off her graveyard shift. Paps and Ma are from Brooklyn—he’s Puerto Rican, she’s white—and their love is a serious, dangerous thing that makes and unmakes a family many times.

Life in this family is fierce and absorbing, full of chaos and heartbreak and the euphoria of belonging completely to one another. From the intense familial unity felt by a child to the profound alienation he endures as he begins to see the world, this beautiful novel reinvents the coming-of-age story in a way that is sly and punch-in-the-stomach powerful.

Written in magical language with unforgettable images, this is a stunning exploration of the viscerally charged landscape of growing up, how deeply we are formed by our earliest bonds, and how we are ultimately propelled at escape velocity toward our futures.

©2011 Justin Torres (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Stefan
  • 2011/11/02

Brilliant!

This beautifully crafted novel is written with amazing authenticity, and delivers a powerful and complex coming of age story. The rhythmic texture and emotional force of the text are well suited to the audible format and nicely narrated.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • David
  • 2016/07/31

A change in focus

This novel, which reads more like a memoir, begins with a wonderful tale of three rambunctious boys, fighting and causing trouble and trying to figure out their weird mother and financially strapped and sometimes absent father. Then, two thirds of the way through, the focus shifts to the narrator's self-discovery as he grows up. His differences separate him from his older brothers, which is downplayed but sad.

The novel is beautifully written, with a gritty realistic feel throughout, even in some of the less credible scenes. The characters are lively and likeable, often when they are being mean or irresponsible. As the narrator grows up, his writing becomes more poetic.

Frankie J. Alvarez does a good job with the narration.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • CWQuick
  • 2016/05/30

Disappointing

Started out very good, well written but then just fell apart, no relevant transition, very choppy

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Bryan
  • 2011/11/21

Moving!

Justin Torres has written a great, illuminating story that is well narrated by Frankie J. Alvarez. "We the Animals" is very moving and I found myself overcome with emotion. All I could manage to say was "wow."

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Carolina
  • 2015/05/20

Did not catch my interest

I felt the story was sometimes hard to follow regarding what was going on, like trying to decipher poetry. And at no point did the story really grab my attention. I was surprised regarding the ending but don't see how the story supported it. I didn't connect with the characters, they all kind of annoyed me. I finished the book because it was chosen for book club but I didn't enjoy it at any point.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Eacchan
  • 2020/01/20

Deeply emotional, raw and introspective

Trigger warning: This book does contain depictions of domestic violence (physical, verbal, and sexual) towards women and children. The narration of the book was done well and really helped the characters come alive. I very much enjoyed listening to it. The story itself explores the complexity of growing up with a confusing mix of all the good and bad moments of living in an abusive household. A deeply introspective look at how the little moments build upon more traumatic events till they reach that critical moment where everything comes crashing down.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Jeffrey
  • 2018/03/17

Ugh

Horrible story. Good cautionary tale about teenage pregnancy. Save yourself 3+ hours and skip this one.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Yoo-Win
  • 2012/01/21

We are all Animals!

Rambunctious, noisy, boisterous, hungry, or simply just being adolescent, that makes you one of the animals. Be different, you will be a cast away, adrift, alone, left by your families, no longer be part of the pack. Dark lyrical prose to fine storytelling, we are all animals.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • edna Sprinkle
  • 2020/03/12

I loved this!

it was lyrical, metaphorical, and so very beautiful! 10/10 would recommend. amazing story for coming of age.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019/01/10

Narrator is Phenomenal

Alvarez is REALLY talented. If you have to “read” this for school, don’t, listen to this guy read it instead. Wonderful job!! Thank you!! :D