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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (91 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Armando Valladares Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781455169467
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This is a history of the Cuban revolution viewed from its dungeons. Armando Valladares describes his twenty-two years of torment and triumph in Castro’s prison. Arrested at the age of twenty-two for being philosophically opposed to Communism, he gives a dramatic and harrowing account of the regular beatings, the hunger, the humiliation, and the psychological “experimentation” to which the Cuban Revolution subjected its unrepentant enemies. However, Valladares’ hope and courage transcended these horrors, showing us the heroic possibilities of one possessing unshaken faith.

More than an indictment of a cruel regime, this book is a testimony to the power of biblical faith to allow a man to survive against all hope.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What Mr. Valladares gives us is a picture of the hell that was the Cuba he lived in, and the story of how one man’s deep Christian faith enabled him to sustain the most evil treatment and never abandon hope, no matter how fruitless hope appeared.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Valladares’ book is an event of considerable cultural and political significance: the most detailed and irrefutable description yet published of the suffering engendered in Cuba by communism and Fidel Castro.”


  • “An extraordinary account...What sets it apart from other prison memoirs is not the suffering...but its record of all-out resistance. It could almost be entitled ‘The War Memoirs of Armando Valladares.’”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Mr. Valladares offers a record of dearly bought knowledge that no one can afford to overlook.”

    Wall Street Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy Hackney | 7/3/2013

    " Great book, but very difficult to read. It's hard to believe anyone can live through such horror as this man who spent 22 years in a Cuban prison. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Physk | 6/3/2013

    " a dark yet wonderfull read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonah | 9/11/2012

    " Hard to romanticize Fidel and his mass executions of innocent people.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 8/9/2012

    " This book is incomparable. I have never read any book like it. Armando's courage is daunting and his victory is timeless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Silvia Abreu | 2/22/2012

    " Castro is a disgusting excuse of a human being. There is a special place in hell reserved for people like him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cora | 9/14/2011

    " This is one powerful book. It is so well written, and portrays a devastating situation. The author handled his unjust imprisonment with a grace that few of us possess, and details it in his memoir in a way that gripped me tightly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esther | 10/7/2010

    " This book is the firsthand telling of what it was like in the 60's and 70's being a political prisoner under Castro's rule. It is a very encouraging story of how God works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 11/15/2009

    " Great illustration of what it is REALLY like under Castro. Every communism-apologist liberal would do well to read this true story. "

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About the Author
Author Armando Valladares

Armando Valladares, after his release from prison in Cuba, came to the United States and served as ambassador to the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations during the Reagan and Bush administrations. He spent years in Madrid and now lives with his family in Miami.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned thirty-seven Earphones Awards.