Against All Hope: The Prison Memoirs of Armando Valladares

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Armando Valladares

Narrated By: Grover Gardner

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: March 2009

Duration: 17 hours 30 minutes


This is a history of the Cuban Revolution as 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's 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.

"Mr. Valladares offers a record of dearly bought knowledge that no one can afford to overlook."-Wall Street Journal


  • Nelly Navarro-Britt

    I liked this book because the subject interests me, but it reads like a textbook. To be fair, I had just finished reading Waiting for Snow in Havana & Learning to Die in Miami which are easier reads. Regarding the narration, when I turned up my volume, it sounded like I could hear other books being read in the background.

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