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  • Next Year in Havana

  • Written by: Chanel Cleeton
  • Narrated by: Kyla Garcia, Frankie Maria Corzo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, 19-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba's high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country's growing political unrest - until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary...Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee during the revolution. Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba's tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brought me back to Cuba

  • By marcplouffe on 2018-08-03

Engaging story featuring 1 place & 2 time periods

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-05-21

For the most part, I enjoyed this book. The two stories (the grandmother's past and the granddaughter's future) had interesting parallels and their own romance, mystery, and relationships to Cuba.

You learn a lot about Cuba in this book, which is fine, but at times it came off too heavy-handed. Everyone seems to just talk to each other about Cuba, there is almost no non-Cuba-related dialogue in the entire book. Even lovers are discussing Cuban politics shortly after amorous activities.

My main complaint about this audiobook has to do with the author's style and its presentation in audio form. The two main characters have a lot of inner monologue that is no different in style from their spoken dialogue. The author does not use "I said" very often, which is normally fine (as some over use it), since distinguishing spoken dialogue and inner monologue would be easy when looking at the text. In the audio version, however, it is very difficult . This is the first audiobook that I've ever had major issues distinguishing inner and outer dialogue. It distracts from the experience and affects how you view the burgeoning relationships, depending on whether things are spoken aloud or not.

  • A Polaroid Guy in a Snapchat World

  • Written by: David Spade
  • Narrated by: David Spade
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274

Written and performed for the Audible experience, Spade’s new comic memoir takes listeners along for the sometimes embarrassing and always hilarious ride of getting older in our fleeting “Snapchat World”. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • laugh outloud

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-07-26

Funny at times, galling at others.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

I wouldn't say that I'm a "fan" of David Spade - there are things he's done that I've liked and things he's done that I didn't like. But on the whole I'll say that I like David Spade. Given that, I bought and listened to this book.

I listened to the whole book and overall enjoyed it. There were definitely parts that were funny. It's what he's best at, so if you're hoping to get some laughs out of the book, you probably will. Since David lives in a world that I'm not part of (LA, Hollywood, celebrity, etc), there were parts of the book that I found interesting because they provided a glimpse into what it's like to be celebrity. There are other parts that I didn't find particularly funny, or interesting, but instead annoying and/or distasteful. But that's okay, I'm not sure I was the intended demographic for this book.

Either way, I'm glad to have listened to it. Thanks!

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  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • Written by: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,146
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,155

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Memoir

  • By Vicki Anderson on 2018-09-14

Interesting look at a life and its memories.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

I hate the use the words "enjoy" with this book, as there are parts of it that are difficult to listen to (recounts of abuse, etc.), but I enjoyed listening to 'Educated'.

Tara Westover presented a world (and a family) that I didn't know existed. I had an idea, a vague notion of what fundamentalist or extremist-type families are like, but the Westovers were not quite like that. They were different still, traditional in some ways, non-traditional in others. Because it provides a glimpse of another world that exists adjacent to our own, I would recommend this book to anyone.

I enjoyed (there's that word again) Tara's thoughts, comments, and musings on memory and remembering events, especially those are traumatic.

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