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Deep Cuba

Narrated by: Mark Schectman
Length: 15 mins
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In deepest Cuba, some places remain almost virgin. People live in bohíos - thatched-roof huts made of palm boards. Cuban guajiros (farmers) still make coffee in a cloth sieve and go to bed with their chickens. Reality here contrasts sharply with the unrestrained cacophony presented by the island's tourist advertising, which conveys the false idea that we are a people immersed in endless revelry, laughter, and carnivals.

"Deep Cuba" is from the Winter 2016 issue of Smithsonian.

©2016 Smithsonian Institution (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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I'm a Spanish teacher; when I came across Deep Cuba by Yoani Sanchez, narrated by Mark Schectman, I was hoping to learn more about the realities faced in Cuba by those who know it best. Based on a true story, the author's experience scratched the surface of what one would expect to hear/learn about Cuba. However, 15min. isn't very long, and I want to hear more. Perhaps, the story continues...I'm going to see what I can find.

The narration is fine. By no means is it bad, but it isn't exciting, either. Basically, it reminds me of someone reading an informative article. His pace and pronunciation are good. Being that it's a personal experience, it would have been cool to hear this told in a more conversation-like tone. Since this isn't a memoir, I'm fine with how it was presented. Either way, it kept my attention and made me want to search for more.

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)