Cuba occupies a place of undisputed fascination in the American psyche. Despite its proximity to America, this island nation remains a mystery to most Americans. Few Americans have traveled to Havana, and still fewer have traveled deeper into this isolated country. Chris Messner, a photographer, is one of the few Americans who have been able to travel extensively throughout this island. In his book, Cuba Open from the Inside, Messner documents the character of Cuba's people, its rich history, and the vast culture of the country. As Cuba's leaders age and the possibility of travel to Cuba increases, this book acts as an exceptional resource for would be travelers. Through multiple journeys, Messner has covered more than 4,000 miles on the back roads of Cuba. Through his words, he provides a snapshot of this island nation and documents the Cuba of today - the 1950s time-capsule country 90 miles from the US coast.
©2011 Chris Messner (P)2015 Chris Messner
there's not enough time in my day to read. Audiobooks are my solution. I love listening when I'm driving, sewing, cooking, excersising
I listened to this book in prep for a trip Cuba. The author traveled to many places in Cuba by car. His descriptions of the scenery, landmarks, travel conditions, food and people was wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
It tied up loose ends.
Kevin narrated this story so that it was suspenseful/enjoyable listening.
Having been on various trips to third-world countries, I could sympathize with the author's Customs' hassles and traveling by rented vehicle. I was touched by the friendship between his local amigo, Jésus, and him.
The author (photographer) also mused how legal American tourism could either help low-income Cuba or ruin its timeless scenery/culture.
I absolutely loved this book! A great read! The author has a way of writing that lets you feel like you are right in the middle of all the adventure..nervous for him at times,and also laughing at times, as there are a few hilarious parts. I enjoyed reading about the people, the food, and learning so much Cuban history that I didn't remember or never knew. I would definately recommend this book!
I love listening while driving. Time to spend on a book is hard to come by in my day so maximizing road time is terrific.
Instead of focusing on bumper to bumper on the freeway, mentally I was bouncing along on back roads with "Jesus and Chris" as I listened to this book.
The format is different. It tells one a lot about Cuba without the tedium of a guide book. One feels one has joined a "road trip". If that is your thing then this should be on your must listen lists.
For me the ability to listen will driving is the biggest upside. Habereer hits all the right notes without becoming a distraction from the story.
No it should be savored. Drive time is a great way to enjoy this audible feast.
I liked this book overall, although I found the part about the interrogation at the airport was way too long!
But the man who read the story was terrible. The book is on English but it has a number of names and words in Spanish, which the man pronounces in the most painfully gringo way possible. So painful!
Also, he managed to completely mispronounce clerestory (its pronounced "clear story"). I know it's not the most common word, but it sounds super unprofessional, and as a professional he should really know how to pronounce it. How did nobody catch that?
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I really enjoyed hearing the story of an everyday man and his view of Cuba. He had no secret intentions against the Country nor for. His writing was so clear it was as if I was watching a movie. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
It was scary at times as I could see this man being in Cuba and his experiences to just put on film the Country that is remote. Capturing it in time if you will.
Emotionally moving and did not want to stop it at anytime. Very very good. Loved the ending.
Whiny, self-absorbed, melodramatic American travels to Castro's Cuba wringing his hands the whole way and invoking his wife and children as if daily he was facing El Paredon (wall against which many brave Cubans were executed), with obvious results. Spare us. Also, get a narrator with some knowledge of Spanish, not a linguist mind you but someone who can at least pronounce the Spanish alphabet.
His fiends in Cuba are his guides, people that he pays for services. Insight? Don't expect it. Information? Only if you are interested in the details of his meals. You'll love this book if you enjoy self-absorbed boors.
Astonishment that anyone can be so dense and so focused on the wrong details.
since I could never write a book I am hesitant to criticise those who do. purchased this book daydreaming about a trip to Cuba. but the author is so annoying. the book is read in an irritating tone of voice which is well matched to the narrative, I'm not convinced it's the narrator's fault, not sure if there way any other way it could have come across. author is patronising of people he meets. book poorly edited and written.
I got more than half way through, hoping it would get better, but eventually gave up.
Small blips about actual history of Cuba, mostly just diarrhea of the mouth and egocentric soul. Painfully ignorant and melodramatic stories. Has this guy actually been anywhere episode his backyard before? Couldn't get through it. Very disappointing.
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