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Che Guevara Audiobook

Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life

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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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    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 09-29-11
    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 09-29-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing Detail"

    Everything one could possibly want to know about the life of Che and much more.
    I enjoyed almost all of this 37 hours of Che and I'm impressed with the completeness of the work.
    Well worth the time and credit. It's all here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Seattle, WA, United States 05-09-10
    James Seattle, WA, United States 05-09-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow! What A Great Book!"

    This was a fascinating book and although it's probably the longest book that I've ever listened to (I don't know if I would have read a book of this length) and move a little slowly at first, it came to a riveting conclusion that keep me on the edge of my seat.

    I'm a little young to fully understand and appreciate the social upheavals of the 1950' - 60' other than the 30,000 foot view that I have had most of my life. This book taught me so much in regards to some of those efforts.

    If you're a student of history as I've become, you'll love this book!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Katie PrevezaGreece 02-06-09
    Katie PrevezaGreece 02-06-09
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    "An excellent book"

    Extremely well written book. The author has done a great job extracting all the important details of the life of this revolutionary and creating an amazing biography. Listening to this book was like stepping back in time and observing the historical events that took place. I just loved it.

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    Amanda Berkeley, CA, United States 10-24-11
    Amanda Berkeley, CA, United States 10-24-11
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    "Most exciting biography ever"

    I learned so much from listening to this book and was gripped by every minute of it. The 37 hrs flew by and I was always looking for more time to listen. I kind of want to listen to it again...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    P. R. Proud Taylorsville, Utah USA 06-14-10
    P. R. Proud Taylorsville, Utah USA 06-14-10 Listener Since 2003
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    "Too Many Che T shirts"

    The author tried to keep an even look at Che's life but his constant excusing of the shelfish and brutal acts of this "hero" shows his real agenda. Even with his excusing of these acts I found it quite interesting to read about this Communist community organizer. The work is probably more balanced than most about Che and I recommend this to anybody who is interested or who doesn't know much about Che.

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    R. Wagner Victoria, Australia 05-14-10
    R. Wagner Victoria, Australia 05-14-10 Member Since 2008
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    "The Man - Warts and All - Well Worth A Read"

    This book represents a significant undertaking to document the life of Guevara. Fidel and Raul Castro, and many other revolutionary fighters are also discussed in great detail. This work does not try to glamourise Guevara - it presents a portrait in great depth, including both the successes and failings of the man - a warts and all reference source.

    The book is long! It is well documented and the author has incorporated a wide variety of research techniques to get to a deeper understanding of both Guevara, the people he fought with and against, the circumstances surrounding armed struggles, and the political climates in each of the countries in which he visited.

    Descriptions of tough conditions in the jungles and mountains of Cuba, Bolivia, and the Congo were fascinating. The takeover of Cuba by Castro and Guevara, the wooing and subsequent falling out with USSR, the Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile Crisis provided some great insights.

    I loved this book, and will probably revisit it at some future date. It's probably not the sort of book for everyone and can be hard ploughing through the detail. But if you have the patience and interest, this book will dispel many myths about this astonishing character.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Norman 09-25-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    "Game changer"

    I recommend this book to anyone who struggles to understand success. I am not a communist in the least, but this book changed the way I live. The tenacity of Che to peruse his passions, the enthusiasm he applied to his work, and the strict diligence applied to his every step can be replicated in so many ways. Within three years, he went from an unknown nomad to an international hero. He did this because he discovered his life purpose and pursued with with an unrelenting passion. The success of life requires us to find our purpose and to peruse that with an unrelenting passion.

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    Alex Telleria 04-10-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    Amazon Customer San Diego 03-14-17
    Amazon Customer San Diego 03-14-17 Member Since 2014
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    "well researched, well written and decently read"

    A great historical account of a very misunderstood character. Reasonably unbiased and based on facts - or at least disclaimers about the lack or contradiction of them. It's the only book I have "read" on Che. it's quality is right up there with The Rise and Fall of the 3rd Reich, Mao: The Unknown Story and Guns, Germs and Steel.

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    "An epic biography on an epic life"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Che Guevara to be better than the print version?

    I bought the audio book on a whim wanting to broaden my book shelf with something I thought might be interested in. I don't think I would have bought the print edition normally.


    What other book might you compare Che Guevara to, and why?

    I could imagine the life of Winston Churchill would be an interesting comparative, Che didn't grow up in the deprived state one might imagine, as I'm sure Winston didn't. If WW2 had gone another way, Winston could have been the revolutionary that turned the tables in a German occupation.


    Have you listened to any of Armando Durán’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, but Armando's narration of this book is beautiful. His pronunciation and expression help to keep the book alive and the listener entertained.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It offered an insight in to the amazingly varied life of a man that history has portraid as a revolutionary but started with such a potentially different path.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not a short listen, but with perseverance provides the listener an amazing insight in to the short-lived life of an interesting man, told not only by Che himself through his diaries, but also the people that knew him

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • brian
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    "Awesome"

    It's an awesome book cataloging che,s life and loves etc watched it at the cinema but book was much better. One for the classic shelf to be read over and over again

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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