- A Revolutionary Life
- Narrated by: Armando Durán
- Length: 36 hrs and 48 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 01-02-09
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Meticulously researched and full of exclusive information, this work illuminates as never before the mythic figure who embodied the high-water mark of revolutionary communism as a force in history.
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By Matt on 08-10-11
Encompassing and Fair Look at an Historical Man
The narrator was amazing- his voice was smooth, clear, intelligible, and engaging. I would definitely listen to more books by him.
If you’re remotely interested in the story of Che Guevara or the Cuban Revolution, then you’re most likely going to enjoy this book. I never felt that the writing was biased either for or against the subject. It seemed to be a fair portrayal of events and not a skewed interpretation of how things should have happened, how they were right/wrong, misguided/ justified, etc. In the end, the writing retold the events as they happened while the reader (listener) was free to make their own correlations or decisions.
The strongest parts of the book were the retellings of interpersonal relationships and things such as diary entries from Che and stories or conversations between important figures. The web of relations between Che, Castro, the Soviet Union, soldiers, family, Latin America, The U.S, Africa, and other players was one of great intrigue.
The weaker moments came in retelling specific war strategy and tactics. I didn’t care for the calling out of kilometers walked or mountain top elevations. I was a bit apathetic to the description of troop placements or numbers. I had difficulties remembering locations and names of people, which certainly led to my gray feelings for these things. Let me be clear- these things were not mishandled; they were simply not the most interesting parts for me to listen to.
I entered with a vague impression of what I thought of Guevara and the Cuban Revolution. Although I’m only beginning to ruminate on what this biography has done for those thoughts, I’ll tell you this: it has made me want to learn more! I knew how the gist of the story progressed and ended, but in no way did those facts diminish from the breadth of what is contained in this book.
This was a very enjoyable experience. The book was easy to follow and the information I’ve learned from it was easy to digest. I highly recommend this book.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
By Pokemonika on 01-06-13
Great as a historic document, terrible listen
I could not get myself to finish this book. This book goes in very deep in Che's life, to the point of listing every insignificant detail. I think as a historic document the author does a great job compiling all that information. But for a normal person just trying to learn about Guevara's life, it is way to much information, making the book long and sorry to say, boring. The performance doesn't help either. It is read as you would a historic document, so the hours just drag and drag... I got to the 3rd download and gave up.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Ashley on 05-23-09
Very very factual, but also very long.
An extremely long listen, with heaps of factual detail (too much for me). Haven't managed to get to the end yet as have had to listen to other books in between. Narration is OK but rather monotone. Will pick up the book after an interlude of another couple of books. A perfect read if your studying Che Guevara, but wouldn't recommend if you don't have much time.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Jan on 05-30-09
The book is very well very written and comprehensive. Well supported by the very good narration.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful