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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 Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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