The Double Life of Fidel Castro

My 17 Years as Personal Bodyguard to El Lider Maximo
Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
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In The Double Life of Fidel Castro, one of Castro's soldiers of 17 years breaks his silence and shares his memoir of years of service, and eventual imprisonment and torture for displeasing the notorious dictator, and his dramatic escape from Cuba.

Responsible for protecting the lider maximo for two decades, Juan Reinaldo Sanchez was party to his secret life - because everything around Castro was hidden. From the ghost town in which guerrillas from several continents were trained, to his immense personal fortune - including a huge property portfolio, a secret paradise island, and seizure of public money - as well as his relationship with his family and his nine children from five different partners.

Sanchez's tell-all exposé reveals countless state secrets and the many sides of the Cuban monarch: genius war leader in Nicaragua and Angola, paranoid autocrat at home, master spy, Machiavellian diplomat, and accomplice to drug traffickers. This extraordinary testimony makes us re-examine everything we thought we knew about the Cuban story and Fidel Castro Ruz.

©2014 Juan Reinaldo Sanchez. Translation © 2015 by Catherine Spencer. (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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Fidel's Bodyguard

Interesting....albeit a one- sided, believable within the framework of the author's position and his occasional suppositions. The readers's voice did not contribute to the believability of the book and not suitable to the narrative....he sounded young, American and naive, unlike the Cuban soldier he was portraying

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An excellent look at a man I knew little about.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would for the history and facinating info on Castro.

What did you like best about this story?

The information and knowing who was who.

Which character – as performed by Timothy Andrés Pabon – was your favorite?

All of them, especially his take on Castro.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yep.

Any additional comments?

A must-have for people wanting to know more about Castro, or history fans in general.

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Great Book!

The audible book kept my interest all the way through. What, an amazing story. I was sadden to find out that the author Juan Reinaldo Sanchez had passed away 3 weeks before the English version of the book was published.

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Sad, Exceptional, True Story............

Great Book. Again, we have a story on a historical figure who is painted as human and far from what his idolizing public thinks he is. Mr. Sanchez has been able to present a different prospective of the Commandante that should be taken into account among other writings, when he is finally judged for history...........

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Great story only Fidel castro will call it fake

he takes you on a journey through time a behind the scenes look at the life of Fidel front line stuff

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Amazing story.

Cuba has not changed. What an extraordinary life story this man has. Worth spending your time reading this.

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Great book

I really loved this book. The story is great and so is the reader. I knew Fidel was a corrupt leader but hearing the insight was very fascinating

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Insight into Castro's Control

Very interesting insight into the oppression of the people of Cuba & the abuse of power exercised by Castro. Well written book!

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Great inside on inner workings of Castro

Great insight on the inner workings of Fidel Castro. It shows how this tyrant have controlled virtually everything in Cuba.