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Next Year in Havana

Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (5,877 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

 A Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine on Audible Pick 

"A beautiful novel full of passion, secrets, courage and sacrifice." (Reese Witherspoon)

After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity - and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution 

Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, 19-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba's high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country's growing political unrest - until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary.... 

Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee with her family during the revolution. Elisa's last wish was for Marisol to scatter her ashes in the country of her birth. Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba's tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate. 

When more family history comes to light and Marisol finds herself attracted to a man with secrets of his own, she'll need the lessons of her grandmother's past to help her understand the true meaning of courage. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Amazing story line but the performance...

I absolutely loved this book and was sucked in. The performance was bit dry and slow but I found that if you changed the speed of the reading to atleast x1.5 or x1.75 it made it so much better!

182 of 187 people found this review helpful

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Bad audio

It’s not that the narrator was unpleasant to listen to, it’s just that the audio was incredibly hard to hear in this book. I listen to audiobooks in my car every day, but I could barely hear this unless I turned the AC off, not ideal in 100° Dallas weather!!

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Couldn’t Finish Listening

I found the performance very monotone and dull. I was not entertained by the reader to the point that I kept having to rewind because I found my mind kept wandering. I gave up on the book very early in.

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  • Lori
  • St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 08-18-18

Strike 2 for Hello Sunshine

I hate this book so much. I've got two hours left and can't bring myself to finish it. I don't even care enough to skip ahead and find out what happens in the end. The dialogue is insufferable. The repetition is maddening. The characters are completely unlikable. The contradictory statements would be laughable if they weren't such a waste of my time. And the narration is cringe worthy.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Emotional Listen for me....

From the moment I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it. This is the story of a Cuban American family and the legacy of the revolution on them. The story changes from the present to the time of the revolution (1958-59). The book is meticulously researched and written in a very compelling way. I could imagine myself having all the feelings and emotions of the modern day, Marisol, as she returns to Cuba. This book engulfed me for the entire time I was reading it. The narration was very good. I thought having 2 narrators was excellent. Definitely worth a credit!😊

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  • LeslieLu
  • SUN PRAIRIE, WISCONSIN, United States
  • 09-07-18

Meh

I had a hard time getting through this book. it was interesting to learn about Cuba but the storyline did not keep me wanting more. I could have stopped mid book and been fine never finishing it.

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Narration not the only problem

I agree with so many other reviews regarding the narration. I think there was an attempt to sound wistful and dreamy, but instead came across as whiney and depressing, slowing the story in feel. However, this is not entirely her fault. The storyline is so repetitive and predictable. The Cuban people are full of passion, confident, powerful and intelligent, but an author can not instill that point by saying ...he is full of passion with an insecure voice. The history aspect read like a wikipedia page. I am not a socialist or communist so I was slow to sympathize with some of the perceived judgements or resentments about how the US brought tyranny to all of Cuba and that tourism is such a bad thing. The mob being there, yes, but that is not what prevented the prosperity of the cuban people. Neither was it Big Sugar's fault that they did not have food on their table. Growing up in South Florida, tourism was one of the most important ways to make money in the early years and it fed alot of families there. It is also what led to people wanting to be there and attracting further business. The fact that the cubans were dependent on other countries to meet their needs is a fact for any Island nation. Being beholden to these nations and the lack of prosperity to the masses is not the foreign gov't fault. It is the poor government on that island, but although that point was also made, I was surprised at what I thought were resentful remarks throughout the book towards these foreign governments for not caring for or taking responsibility for the Cuban people. The main character apologizing and feeling "shame" because she has always eaten well... well, who doesn't cringe at someone not having enough, but to apologize for being american... sometimes people forget what it takes and took for that to happen, and how a prosperous community is built when people are free to create, like what the cuban people accomplished in south florida when they were free to extend their skills. The romances for me were a bit colorless. I think they were stunted because they were really just a framework to drape the historical story. I was excited to read the story, but for me, it became painful only two hours in.

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Two Cuba's - Yesterday & Today

My wife is from Cuba and I live near Miami, so I know its history well. The then-and-now story is well developed but narrated with minimal emotion, hardly how a Cuban would tell it. Nonetheless, the history is accurate and the state of the island today is spot on. Though two narrators are used, it is hard to distinguish one from the other. My biggest complaint is that Cuban names of people and places are spoken with a Spanish pronunciation, although the narration is in perfect English. So Cuba becomes Koobah and location names are hard to understand. For me, it was a distraction, and it is not how I hear Cubans in Miami speak English. Other than that, the story will draw you in, teach you about a magic place and the people who love it, and paint a stark picture of how Cuba exchanged one despot for an even worse one.

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Interesting but a bit tedious "Cuban" story

A 2nd generation Cuban American shoulders the burden of her grandmother's loss, at age 19, of her native country. Grandmother yearned all her life for her romanticized memory of her opulent life in pre-Castro Cuba and leaves the granddaughter with a somewhat schizophrenic view of her own nationality, wanting to return to a country that never WAS hers, and really never existed.
The story gives some good insights into the revolution-damaged nation's troubles but too much redundancy and trite phraseology in the telling.
The narrator is effective but uses a dreamy voice all throughout where I would have preferred a wider emotional range. Perhaps I should be ashamed to admit that some pronunciation also grated on my ears, (particularly the dropping of central consonants; e.g., "ser-un" instead of "ser-ten" for "certain".)

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Interesting story

The story is truly important and very interesting.
I was not crazy about the performance

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