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Mike Aaron

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  • Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba...and Then Lost It to the Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By T. J. English
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (176)

    Havana Nocturne takes listeners back to Cuba in the years when it was a veritable devil's playground for mob leaders Meyer Lansky and Charles "Lucky" Luciano. Thanks to strong ties with the island's brutal dictator, President Batista, the mob soon owned the biggest luxury hotels and casinos and launched an unprecedented tourist boom. But their dreams collided with those of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and others.

    Paul Abbott says: "Not for reactionaries"
    "Painful to listen to."
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    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The production was horrible. There were points where you can tell they stopped and restarted. Possibly in new rooms, with new microphones. It would get louder or softer. And the butchery of the Spanish language was horrid


    What was most disappointing about T. J. English’s story?

    The fact that he portrays Castro as a hero.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mel Foster?

    Anyone but him. It was seriously painful to listen to him butcher the Spanish language.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Havana Nocturne?

    All of it. The only reason I finished the book is because I had nothing else to listen to and was out of credits.


    Any additional comments?

    God awful book. The only reason I don't feel it was a total waste was because I bought it on one of those buy one get one free sales.

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