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Next Year in Havana

Written by: Chanel Cleeton
Narrated by: Kyla Garcia,Frankie Maria Corzo
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Publisher's Summary

 A Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine on Audible Pick 

"A beautiful novel full of passion, secrets, courage and sacrifice." (Reese Witherspoon)

After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity - and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution 

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 with her family during the revolution. Elisa's last wish was for Marisol to scatter her ashes in the country of her birth. Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba's tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate. 

When more family history comes to light and Marisol finds herself attracted to a man with secrets of his own, she'll need the lessons of her grandmother's past to help her understand the true meaning of courage. 

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Brought me back to Cuba

It has been, by far, the best novel I have listed to. Moreover, the narrators are more than perfect. I am usually turned off when it’s not the author reading. They are the perfect women for it.

I usually find stories about Cuba to be exaggerated in one way or the other. Too romantic or too tragic. Not this one. Chanel Cleeton clearly knows what she is talking about. The descriptions are simply perfect and real. I was taken back to every location.

I am Canadian, not Cuban. But I have been to the island 7 times, the last 2 living the Cuban life (in Centro Habana, Playa and San Antonio de les Baños) with my Cuban friends that I have I known for years. The discussions the main character had with Cubans are the one I have had over the years. Having been to every location mentioned, in Cuba and Florida, it made me feel like I was back there given how realistic the descriptions are:

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Engaging story featuring 1 place & 2 time periods

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.

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An American viewpoint of Cuba

I don’t understand all the good reviews. I found the story relatively tiresome and repetitive to listen to. I expected it to be an interesting novel set in Cuba, but the author’s main goal was to preach about Castro and the evils of communism. As another reviewer put it, how realistic is it for the main characters to talk about politics after making love for the first time! Seriously? America to the rescue once again (eye roll).

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Mostly a boring history lesson.

I found this story to be mostly boring but then I don't have a direct connection to Cuba. I'm sure part of it has to do with the mostly expressionless performance by the narrators.

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Boring, pedantic and poor narration.

the narrator of the modern day character had no tonal inflection. And I literally couldn't stand hearing the word Cuba any more.

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To Next Year, in Havana

When I began reading Next Year In Havana by Chanel Cleeton, I feared another cliché. We didn't need another story about a woman, who after the death of close relative discovers they weren't the person they thought they were. Turns out, we did need another. We needed one about Cuba.

Although the writing and narration at the beginning of the book felt stilted, the history of Havana politics and the cultural movement around it was fascinating The story jumps back and forth between present and past and Elisa's narrator brought the story to life for the listener.

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Breathtakingly Beautiful.

I came across this book by accident and its words swept me away to a Cuba I have seen and a Cuba that I have read about. This book is romantic and touching and heartbreaking all at the same time. It offers some wonderful history, as well as, a darkness that loomed during the revolution. I did not know the full extent of how the revolution of 1959 broke Cuba. I also did not know the extent of the Cuban spirit, although, in reflection I can now see the desire to endure despite of so many obstacles that was present when I traveled there. To read this may change how you feel about your travels to Cuba. I hope it does. Moreover, to read this book will offer you an in depth look into how the human spirit can prevail.

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Great Historical fiction

This book made me so much more curious is the history of Cuba! I wanted to learn so much more and definitely visit some day

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A mature romance

I have learned how to pronounce kuba not quba. I like the flow of the book and the transitions between grandma and granddaughter. A good listen.

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I just couldn’t get into it

I mean the story had so much promise but it was just so boring , the topic of politics just went on and on and I didn’t think that was all it was about .
I finished it but left with the feeling I wasted so much time

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