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  • This Is Cuba

  • An American Journalist Under Castro's Shadow
  • By: David Ariosto
  • Narrated by: David Ariosto
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

This is Cuba is a true story that begins in the summer of 2009 when a young American photo-journalist is offered the chance of a lifetime - a two-year assignment in Havana. For David Ariosto, the island is an intriguing new world, unmoored from the one he left behind. From neighboring military coups, suspected honey traps, salty spooks, and desperate migrants to dissidents, doctors, and Havana’s empty shelves, Ariosto uncovers the island’s subtle absurdities, its Cold War mystique, and the hopes of a people in the throes of transition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • David Ariosto has done a great job with this.

  • By Andy Moriarty on 12-13-18

Memoir and history

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

I've always been fascinated with Cuba. I hope someday to travel there. In the meantime, I read up what I can about the island and its people.

This is both a memoir of the author's stay in Cuba in 2009-2010 as well as the contemporary history of Cuba. David Ariosto interviews the Cuban commoner and tells us their personal story of the shop vendor, the maid, the taxi driver, the dissident in Miami. Ariosto knows the island well and interjects the listener with history and how it relates to Cubans today.

My only complaint is that he speaks rather fast at times, but you do get used to the pace.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 116,311
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 107,663
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 107,145

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Expecting something else

  • By Betsy S. on 10-15-17

A compassionate, at times funny life

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

Trevor Noah grew up in South Africa as a child of a black mother and a white Swiss-German father. Despite apartheid, she raised Trevor as an equal, learning English when most blacks did not. Apartheid forbade him from being openly around his white father, forbade him from publicly calling his father "dad." He didn't see his father much as a child. His talent for languages and dialects and his determination to get out of South Africa is a story worth listening to. Raised by strong women in a country that was still discriminating against its black citizens, he was raised with a strong faith. He knew at a young age that black and white people were treated differently.

There are some painful passages to listen to, because of the abuse he is describing.

Trevor is proof that one can rise above poverty, injustice and abuse to a respectable person in an appreciative society.

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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 86,613
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 78,829
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 78,379

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

An honest, emotional memoir

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

Michelle Obama narrates her own story with honesty and emotion. You can hear her choke back tears describing the loss of her first pregnancy, the loss of a close college friend, the death of her father. You can also feel her anger at trump for promoting the birther movement. Her love for her husband, daughter and mother is obvious. Listening to this story was like having the First Lady in my own home, telling me her personal story of how her life was like, how campaigning for her husband was like, how living in the White House and being exposed to public scrutiny was like. I also like her story about President Bush and his wife Laura and their unlikely friendship.

I enjoy presidential memoirs and those of their family, and this memoir is one of the best.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful