In Darkness by Nick Lake audiobook

In Darkness

By Nick Lake
Read by Benjamin L. Darcie

Brilliance Audio
8.69 Hours 1
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Shorty is a Haitian boy trapped in the rubble of a hospital when an earthquake shatters the world around him. Surrounded by lifeless bodies and growing desperately weak from lack of food and water, death seems imminent. Yet as Shorty waits for a rescue that may never come, he becomes aware of another presence, one reaching out to him across two hundred years of history. It is a man named Toussaint l’Ouverture—the Haitian slave turned revolutionary leader whose life was marred by violence and whose own end came in darkness. As Shorty slips in and out of consciousness, scenes from his life and Toussaint’s play back and entwine. And though separated by centuries, what this modern boy from the slums and the visionary black leader have in common will leave listeners shivering. Raw, harrowing, and peopled with vibrant characters, In Darkness is an extraordinary audiobook about the cruelties of man and nature, and the valiant, ongoing struggle for a country’s very survival. Advance Praise for In Darkness “A tale of two Haitis—one modern, one historic—deftly intertwine. . . . This double-helix-of-a-story explores the nature of freedom, humanity, survival and hope. A dark journey well worth taking—engrossing, disturbing, illuminating.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2013 Michael L. Printz Award

A 2013 Carnegie Medal for Literature Finalist

One of the 2012 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Teens

Shorty is a Haitian boy trapped in the rubble of a hospital when an earthquake shatters the world around him. Surrounded by lifeless bodies and growing desperately weak from lack of food and water, death seems imminent. Yet as Shorty waits for a rescue that may never come, he becomes aware of another presence, one reaching out to him across two hundred years of history. It is a man named Toussaint l’Ouverture—the Haitian slave turned revolutionary leader whose life was marred by violence and whose own end came in darkness. As Shorty slips in and out of consciousness, scenes from his life and Toussaint’s play back and entwine. And though separated by centuries, what this modern boy from the slums and the visionary black leader have in common will leave listeners shivering. Raw, harrowing, and peopled with vibrant characters, In Darkness is an extraordinary audiobook about the cruelties of man and nature, and the valiant, ongoing struggle for a country’s very survival. Advance Praise for In Darkness “A tale of two Haitis—one modern, one historic—deftly intertwine. . . . This double-helix-of-a-story explores the nature of freedom, humanity, survival and hope. A dark journey well worth taking—engrossing, disturbing, illuminating.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Gripping…Beautifully subtle.” New York Times
“A vivid and unforgettable voice…Incredibly moving.” Times (London)
“Both violent and subtle, unexpectedly reminding me of The Wire. Characters, settings, and the half-believed Haitian vodou religion are handled with patience and complexity…A serious, nuanced, challenging novel. Trust me, there are plenty of young readers who hunger for exactly that.” Guardian (London)
“Remarkable…Lake’s elegant, restrained prose and distinct characters will reward adults and older teenagers able to brave a story with strong language, harrowing scenes of brutality and an almost painful stab of joy at the end.” Wall Street Journal
“The portrait it reveals of a country relegated throughout history to brutality and neglect is powerful and moving.” Publishers Weekly
“[Benjamin Darcie’s] accent and cadence transport listeners to Haiti.” School Library Journal
“A dark journey well worth taking—engrossing, disturbing, illuminating.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Nick Lake

Author Bio: Nick Lake

Nick Lake is the editorial director for fiction for HarperCollins Children’s Books UK. He became fascinated by Haitian culture while pursuing his master’s degree in linguistics and has since integrated this interest into his writing.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 8.69
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English