This week's giveaways are in the MongoDB and Jobs Discussion forums. We're giving away four copies of Mongo DB Applied Patterns and 4 resume reviews from Five Year Itch and have the authors/reps on-line! See this thread and this one for details.
You need to convert from bytes to characters. This will be determined by what sort of character encoding was used for the bytes. Take a look at the Charset class and the related CharsetEncoder and CharsetDecoder.