This was a very suspenseful story that kept me listening for hours. The narrator was believable for all of the characters.
This is an amazing and unusual story. It is primarily about how the mob ran Havana's casino business, but this story is inseparable from the story of the Cuban Revolution that ended it all. It's a great piece of history to learn about, especially given recent events between the US and Cuba.
Some listeners complained about the plain delivery style. I would agree that it is pretty dry, but it didn't bother me. It is non-fiction, after all.
My only complaint about the narration is that it was not done by a native Spanish speaker. The narrator learned the basic rules, so it wasn't the worst I've heard. But can be a little challenging to unravel some of the the names of songs and people (for example, in the song title "Como Fue", somehow "fue" ends up having two syllables).
Overall, I highly recommend it. The subject matter is of course, at least R-rated. It would not be a good choice for your family vacation with elementary-school kids.
This book had fascinating characters and situations that absorbed me for hours. At the end I really wanted to know what was going to happen next.
I don't think I've ever given up on an Audible book so soon. The characters were so irritating, and I didn't care what happened to any of them. The story was not compelling, either. I was really disappointed, because I recently listened to Tell No One by the same author, and loved it.
I love these audiobooks that are like the old-time radio shows with different readers for each role. It's much more absorbing than a single reader. The Charles Paris character seems a little dated, but the story moved along quickly and the dialog was witty. I wish there was a greater variety of BBC Radio Crimes.
The build-up was too slow, finally leading to disturbingly graphic scenes of violence, and reasonably riveting climax. The narrator couldn't be better at handling the variety of characters. The story actually only became interesting to me at the very end, but I can't say why because that would give away the ending.
The story held my interest but the narration sounded like a computer voice.
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