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Che Guevara was a dashing rebel whose epic dream was to end poverty and injustice in Latin America and the developing world through armed revolution.

Jon Lee Anderson traces Che's extraordinary life from his comfortable Argentine upbringing to the battlefields of the Cuban revolution, from the halls of power in Castro's government to his failed campaign in the Congo and his assassination in the Bolivian jungle.

Meticulously researched and full of exclusive information, this work illuminates as never before the mythic figure who embodied the high-water mark of revolutionary communism as a force in history.

©1997 Jon Lee Anderson; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Matt
  • Belchertown, MA, United States
  • 08-10-11

Encompassing and Fair Look at an Historical Man

The narrator was amazing- his voice was smooth, clear, intelligible, and engaging. I would definitely listen to more books by him.
If you’re remotely interested in the story of Che Guevara or the Cuban Revolution, then you’re most likely going to enjoy this book. I never felt that the writing was biased either for or against the subject. It seemed to be a fair portrayal of events and not a skewed interpretation of how things should have happened, how they were right/wrong, misguided/ justified, etc. In the end, the writing retold the events as they happened while the reader (listener) was free to make their own correlations or decisions.
The strongest parts of the book were the retellings of interpersonal relationships and things such as diary entries from Che and stories or conversations between important figures. The web of relations between Che, Castro, the Soviet Union, soldiers, family, Latin America, The U.S, Africa, and other players was one of great intrigue.
The weaker moments came in retelling specific war strategy and tactics. I didn’t care for the calling out of kilometers walked or mountain top elevations. I was a bit apathetic to the description of troop placements or numbers. I had difficulties remembering locations and names of people, which certainly led to my gray feelings for these things. Let me be clear- these things were not mishandled; they were simply not the most interesting parts for me to listen to.
I entered with a vague impression of what I thought of Guevara and the Cuban Revolution. Although I’m only beginning to ruminate on what this biography has done for those thoughts, I’ll tell you this: it has made me want to learn more! I knew how the gist of the story progressed and ended, but in no way did those facts diminish from the breadth of what is contained in this book.
This was a very enjoyable experience. The book was easy to follow and the information I’ve learned from it was easy to digest. I highly recommend this book.

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Great as a historic document, terrible listen

I could not get myself to finish this book. This book goes in very deep in Che's life, to the point of listing every insignificant detail. I think as a historic document the author does a great job compiling all that information. But for a normal person just trying to learn about Guevara's life, it is way to much information, making the book long and sorry to say, boring. The performance doesn't help either. It is read as you would a historic document, so the hours just drag and drag... I got to the 3rd download and gave up.

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  • Ismaila
  • Bronx, NY, United States
  • 12-07-11

Thirty Six Hours of Love, Bravery and Tragedy.

I was already quite familiar with the story of Che Guevara when I purchased this audiobook. I have a book about him which I read once with great fascination. This audiobook is of an exceptional dimension, with new details that will make it difficult to even pause once you start listening.

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  • Vira
  • Pretoria, South Africa
  • 08-30-12

Hey Che!

I couldn't hold back the tears at the end of this superb biography of Che Guevera, the man heralded as a "Hero of the 20th Century".

Whether or not one agrees with his political and social views, one must surely admire Che, the man. His character, inner strength, courage, discipline, willingness to sacrifice himself for the greater good, and many other admirable qualities fill the reader with awe during the many hours of listening.

Here was a man who was true to himself and his beliefs, even in the face of all opposition. An example to all, he walked his talk and lived his life in accordance with those beliefs.

Armando Duran, the Spanish-speaking narrator, carried out this task perfectly, sounding both factual and compassionate throughout.

I confess to having lost track at times, of the many names, but appreciate the recognition given Che's comrades for their valour and loyalty. They were very much part of his life and story.

I felt great sympathy for his family and loved ones, who must have endured much heartache, yet remained constant in their love and support for Che.

A 5-Star, enriching audiobook, which has taken its place among those of my best, to read again in the future. I don't often rate a book with 5 stars, as I think it blunts the edge when done too often. However, this one deserves it.

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  • steve
  • kearny, NJ, United States
  • 02-09-12

Extremely Good

Wow, what a great book about such a great revolutionary figure. Some of the Spanish names and places were a little hard to follow for the typical American like myself but overall, this book was extremely interesting and I really enjoyed learning and hearing more about Che and his efforts.

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Propaganda

Don't be fooled, this book is propaganda. It idolizes Che, portrays capitalism as evil and barely speaks of the myriad faults of communism. It never questions the revolution or it's agenda. If you want to know the minutia of Che's life this is the book for you. If you want an honest portrayal of it look elsewhere.

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Make no mistake, this is a leftist book

Just conveniently forgot to mention that China, which was under the economic system that Che idealized, was on the brink of economic collapse and then switched to a capitalist system and now are the second largest economy in the world. He wrote the book in Cuba, the masters of propaganda and altering the truth to tell a different story.

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Che lives!

What human being has lived so thoroughly in his life, his mind and his posterity? This biography of Che Guevara is fascinating and inspiring. Che's sense of mission, his clarity of purpose, his strength and humanity are revealed in his words and actions. A real martyr to the cause of human rights, Che predicted the future {present} global struggle against the crushing war machine of US imperialism which would move to enslave the world. El Che vive!

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  • Tom
  • Littleton, CO, United States
  • 01-30-13

A complete history of Che Guevara

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If you are looking for a diatribe that either canonizes or demonizes Che Guevara, look elsewhere. This is a solid and straight forward biographical look into the man who is now legend.<br/><br/>The author explores his early history and connects the dots that lead him through his life. He avoids, I presume intentionally, delving too deeply into any of the politics. Not that he doesn't address political viewpoints, but rather that his treatment of the politics is historical, not emotional.<br/><br/>For this reason, the book is sometimes a bit dry. Not every aspect of a person's life makes for compelling theater. But, I give it 5 stars across because it is comprehensive and consistent and delivers exactly upon its promise - to tell you about who Che Guevara was.

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Good story but mildly annoying narrator

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoyed this book. The storyline is very interesting, though it was a little difficult to keep the characters straight when the narrator is talking about Che's parents and grandparents.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Che Guevara?

The early years of Che on his motorcycle and the scams he pulls in the towns he visits.

Did Armando Durán do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

He has a pleasant voice but often mispronounces words, which is annoying since he seems to be a Spanish speaker.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ashley
  • 05-23-09

Very very factual, but also very long.

An extremely long listen, with heaps of factual detail (too much for me). Haven't managed to get to the end yet as have had to listen to other books in between. Narration is OK but rather monotone. Will pick up the book after an interlude of another couple of books. A perfect read if your studying Che Guevara, but wouldn't recommend if you don't have much time.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jan
  • 05-30-09

Excellent experience

The book is very well very written and comprehensive. Well supported by the very good narration.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • April
  • 01-18-12

Hard to put down

I was rivited to this listen. Anderson really did his homework. He had access to documents and people that had never before been read/interviewed. It's a great listen. Highly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-16-17

Great book

For a book that is 36 hours long, it kept me gripped. Such a brilliant insight into one of history's memorable figures. Loved it

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  • colette
  • 03-15-17

good book

I wouldn't agree totally with all the content of this telling of Che and his eventual Legendary status. but it is well worth a listen.

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  • Alex
  • 02-01-17

Epic!! Wow!!

This is an epic audio book - 36 hours epic. A story of an unbelievable man who led an unbelievable life. A revolutionary with a cause who lived by tough standards. What a life.
I'm really glad I listened to this audio book but it was hard going on my daily commutes.

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  • Callum Morrison
  • 04-29-16

Highly recommended

A thorough and sympathetic, though not uncritical, biography of Che Guevara. It contains impressive detail and gives good historical context to throughout as well as some more light hearted anecdotes which bring a very human aspect to the writing.

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  • Leigh
  • 12-05-15

can't wait to get stuck in traffic

Where does Che Guevara rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

one of my favourites

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exciting listening, so much detail into parts of Che's life that i had never known before. Really wonderful listening experience that is well written and read with enthusiasm

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  • David
  • 07-05-15

Great insight into an extraordinary man.

This book is a great insight into not only Che's life but the thinking behind it. What an extraordinary life he lived.

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  • Leon savin
  • 04-29-15

Amazing

A detailed and full account of an amazing mans life told in an passionate and thrilling way,what a read 😀😀😀