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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elmore Leonard Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9780061993824
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“A wild ride through Cuba during the Spanish-American War.”
Miami Herald

“Not only his finest novel but one that transcends the limits of its genre and is worthy of being evaluated as literary fiction.”
Houston Chronicle

Before Grand Master Elmore Leonard earned his well-deserved reputation as “the best writer of crime fiction alive” (Newsweek), he penned some of the finest western fiction to ever appear in print. (The classics Hombre, Valdez is Coming, and 3:10 to Yuma were just a few of his notable works.) With his extraordinary Cuba Libre, Leonard ingeniously combines all of his many talents and delivers a historical adventure/caper/western/noir like none other. The creator of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, star of Raylan, Pronto, Riding the Rap, and TV’s Justified, spins a gloriously exciting yarn about an American horse wrangler who escapes a date with a Cuban firing squad to join forces with a powerful sugar baron’s lady looking to make waves and score big in and around Spanish-American War-torn Havana in 1898. Everything you love about Leonard’s fiction—and more—is evident in Cuba Libre. No wonder the New York Times Book Review enthusiastically declared him “a literary genius.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Elmore Leonard’s most exciting book in years.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “There is so much good storytelling in this novel...There are few writers who can match Leonard when it comes to narrative moves, none who write dialogues that say so little and mean so much.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Explosive...exciting...keeps the reader glued to the pages.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “A wild ride through Cuba during the Spanish-American War...A good old-fashioned Western served with a sly grin and a side dish of scams.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Not only his finest novel but one that transcends the limits of its genre and is worthy of being evaluated as literary fiction.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “If you like Leonard, you'll love Cuba Libre, and if—for some reason—you haven’t yet discovered the author, prepare for a real treat.

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “This book has something to interest almost everyone. Set against the rich and compelling backdrop of Cuba during its struggle for independence, the story includes bank robbery, cattle rustling, love, suspense, and action-packed adventure. Realistic, memorable characters come to life in the scheming twists and turns of a complex plot...A rare glimpse of the Spanish-American War and the fight for Cuban independence.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Leonard...pulls off a wonderful historical novel, due to be published at the centenary of the onset of the Spanish-American War...Happy to have read such a fine story, one comes away curious to know more about the period and its events. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Top entertainment from the pro’s pro.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Luisa | 3/14/2011

    " It was okay..definitely not my kind of book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 User3162 | 2/21/2011

    " Not my usual fare, but it is Elmore Leonard! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 12/28/2010

    " I'm a big fan of how he blends his style of writing with the historical subject of Cuba on the verge of revolution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 11/20/2010

    " Cliffhanger after cliffhanger. Really tough to put this book down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 10/10/2010

    " Totally satisfying. A page-turner or "session" book to be sure, but I loved the characters and the cinematic storyline that was never too high falootin in its language. I will be adding more Leonard to my "to-read" list. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 8/18/2010

    " The book was ok, the writing left a little to be desired. Unless you like this time period (1898) and are interested in the Cuban, Spanish, and American war, I'd skip it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph | 4/30/2010

    " This was my first Leonard novel. The man can definitely churn out some good stories and this was no exception. It doesn't have much depth as far character development, but it was a fun read. I would recommend reading this while you wait at the airport. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 4/20/2010

    " This guy cannot end a book in any way that I appreciate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 4/11/2010

    " This is my first Elmore Leonard book to read. I am enjoying the history wrapped up in his fiction. It adds a great deal to the experience. I will read more of his stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 3/2/2010

    " That classic, quirky Leonard writing style. I'll never tire of it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 1/20/2010

    " Leonard does a good job with the exotic atmosphere of late 19th century Cuba. Nice read, and seemed more substantial to me than some of his other modern-day crime stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve | 12/12/2009

    " Usual Elmore: Fun and pointless. "

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