We the Animals

  • by Justin Torres
  • Narrated by Frankie J. Alvarez
  • 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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I want my credit back!

I think it would have been more accurate description to have explained this is about a gay man. I was very uncomfortable listening to the episode of him watching child porn with a neighbor or when he goes to the bus station as a teenager to have sex with strangers. And the childhood stories are often sad and disturbing. I suppose it is a thought provoking story but not a very enjoyable one. I wouldn't have gotten this if the description better represented the actual book.
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- Van Gilder


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.
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- Stefan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.