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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,733 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Che Guevara Narrator: Bruno Gerardo Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9780061863141
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In January 1952, two young men from Buenos Aires set out to explore South America on "La Poderosa", the Powerful One: a 500cc Norton. One of them was the 23-year-old Che Guevara. Written eight years before the Cuban Revolution, these are Che's diaries - full of disasters and discoveries, high drama, low comedy and laddish improvisations.

During his travels through Argentina, Chile, Peru and Venezuela, Che's main concerns are where the next drink is coming from, where the next bed is to be found, and who might be around to share it. Che becomes a stowaway, a fireman and a football coach; he sometimes falls in love and frequently falls off the motorbike.

Within a decade the whole world would know his name. His trip might have been an adventure of a lifetime - had his lifetime not turned into a much greater adventure.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “For every comic episode of the carefree roustabout there is an equally eye-opening moment in the development of the future revolutionary leader. By the end of the journey, a politicized Guevara has emerged to predict his own legendary future.”

    Time

  • “There is pathos in these pages—the pathos of Che himself, ever thoughtful, ever willing to sacrifice all, burning with guilt over his own privileges and never letting his sufferings impede him.”

    New Yorker

  • “An extraordinary first-person account. If the world eventually came to know Che Guevara and his New Man, in The Motorcycle Diaries we see the formative man. It redoubles his image and lends a touch of humanity with enough rough edges to invite controversy.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “What distinguishes these diaries…is that they reveal a human side to El Che which historians have successfully managed to suppress. It is in the pages of this breathless journal…that one senses El Che’s belief that determination and conviction can be enough to change one’s self and others…A joy to read from start to finish.”

    Financial Times

  • “Guevara’s youthful Motorcycle Diaries is rebellious in ways that are not immediately obvious. This travelogue shows Ernesto the Medical Student developing a sense of Pan–Latin Americanism that fuses the interests of indigenous Andean peasants with traditional adversaries like upper-middle-class Argentine intellectuals (i.e. Guevara). The book ventures a unified regional opposition to US hegemony and global capitalism sometimes ravaging effects on Latin America.”

    World Hum

  • “A Latin American James Dean or Jack Kerouac.”

    Washington Post

  • “Mixes lyrical observation, youthful adventure, and anti-imperialist political analysis…This candid journal, part self-discovery, part fieldwork, glimmers with portents of the future revolutionary.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon Dean | 2/12/2014

    " Who Che was before he became Che? His adventures through 1950s South America. A fascinating read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Subini | 2/6/2014

    " A book about Che's travels when he is still growing. Not the same as the movie but that's what makes it interesting as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AKovalenko Kovalenko | 1/28/2014

    " The ideolog of Che Guevera and how he became the image he is today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 1/24/2014

    " This book was amazing. I loved it. The translation is excellent. Even my spanish roommate at the time said that the meaning of some of the common phrases was maintained when the actual phrase would be meaningless. The prose maintained the beauty that Che intended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 1/13/2014

    " I absolutely love this book! It's so inspiring and makes you want to go out and change things and make a difference. It really made me respect Che Guevara and want to know more about him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mauro Daniel Aranda | 1/12/2014

    " Es imposible leer este libro y que no te den unas ganas inmensas de viajar! la vida de Ernesto en su primer y utopico viaje por latinoamerica. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 12/8/2013

    " Great book to read while you travel around Argentina and Chile! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 12/3/2013

    " I found it hard to get interested in the story at first, but the second half of the book was much better. It captures a different place and time, a different history, than most North American readers are familiar with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan Center | 11/26/2013

    " It's a great travel book, paints a great picture of South America. You understand his love for the people and his yearning to see them become united. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harshal Ruikar | 11/20/2013

    " The making of Ernesto Che Guevara... It struck a deep chord within me. So many lessons from a single life... Must read for all doctors as well as those who care for justice and humanities. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vishnu | 9/15/2013

    " Ernesto Guevara is a revelation. Gave me an impulse to start a journey after studies . His love towards the broken societies , poor and desperate was heart warming. Even without adequate food or necessities , the 2 men continued their journey . Loved every word of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 4/21/2013

    " It was interesting but did not inspire me to become a revolutionary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 10/2/2012

    " A great read, and a different viewpoint on the iconic man that was Che. Little of his political views and determinations came through, but his intent to help others as a doctor leads the way, while giving a simple yet insiring account of motorcycle travelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geo Raju | 6/21/2012

    " trails of change of an young man "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samael Yugalin Emrys | 3/11/2012

    " Felt like I was with Guevara and have seen things that he had witnessed. This diary exactly express his sympathy towards mankind especially towards the oppressed which most historians have removed. "a note in the margin" is one among my most favorite... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel | 12/15/2011

    " Loved knowing the background behind the man who turned his passion for justice into a raising if arms and militarism to fight the oppressor. Not my vision for real justice with violence begetting violence, however this book helps us see Guevara's transformation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teddy | 11/1/2011

    " This is the rare case when I like the movie version much more than the book. I loved the movie!! The book was very enjoyable, none the less. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Moses Potter | 7/26/2011

    " Incredibly overhyped. Maybe i'm new to the travel journal genre...one of the least fulfilling works i've read in a long time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 7/22/2011

    " Inspirational reading for the traveler. I think I actually enjoyed the movie more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshebener | 7/10/2011

    " great insight into the formation of one of the world's most famous revolutionaries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Histteach24 | 6/26/2011

    " I never realized how poetic Che was. An interesting read, makes you sympathize with his cause. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maryann | 6/19/2011

    " An ego trip,taken by a murderer who has become a hero. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sidharth | 5/6/2011

    " IT was like u want to take a bike a go with them it was a good experience "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 4/30/2011

    " I still find it odd that only about a third of the book was with the bikes "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven | 4/17/2011

    " A book I had to read for school. So boring!
    Good poetic writing though, that's the only redeeming quality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Satyajit | 3/24/2011

    " An awesome book....probably a must have in ur Book shelf... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dr. E | 2/27/2011

    " Fascinating story of love and journey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan | 2/18/2011

    " It's a great travel book, paints a great picture of South America. You understand his love for the people and his yearning to see them become united. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 bharat | 2/16/2011

    " Gem of a book. Chronicles of Guevara and his friend touring the South America on a giant motor cycle. Full of energy. A must read. "

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