Welcome to Cuba's automotive time capsule, filled with classic cars. The story of how Cuba came to be trapped in automotive time is a fascinating one. For decades, the island country had enjoyed healthy tourism trade and American outpost status, and by the 1950s it had the highest per capita automotive purchasing of any Latin American country - its middle class ensured an interesting variety of vehicles plying the roads. But when Cuba fell to communist rebels in 1959, so ended the inflow of new cars. Since then, trade embargo forced Cuba's car enthusiasts to develop a unique and insular culture, one marked by great creativity, such as: Keeping a car alive with no opportunity to acquire replacement parts Customizing a car with no access to aftermarket parts Drag racing with no drag strip In many ways, Cuba is an automotive time warp, where the newest car is a 1959 Chevy or perhaps one of the Soviet Ladas. Cuba's Car Culture offers an inside look at a unique car culture, populated with cars that have been cut off from the world so long that they've morphed into something else in the spirit of automotive survival. Authors Tom Cotter and Bill Warner (founder of the Amelia Island Concours) take readers of Cuba's Car Culture on a whirlwind tour of all things automotive, beginning with Cuba's pre-Castro car and racing history and bringing us up to today's lost collector cars, street racing, and the challenges of keeping decades-old cars on the road. The book is illustrated throughout with rare historical photos as well as contemporary photos of Cuba's current car scene. For anyone who enjoys classic cars, from old Chevy Bel-Airs to Studebakers to Ford Fairlanes, a cruise around Cuba will make you feel like a kid in a candy store.
Yankee Come Home explores one family's history in Cuba, and through it, the intense, complex, smoldering relationship between the island nation and its leviathan neighbor. In Cuba's most entrancing, storied landscape, William Craig is searching for a history that his family has lost - and now needs to recover. He's looking for the truth about his mysterious great-grandfather, Thomas O'Brien, a self-proclaimed hero of the "splendid little war" who left a legacy of glorious, painful lies. Living a dream that haunts American hearts-the dream of escaping the past, of becoming who we say we are - "Papa" died leaving his own children wondering who he'd really been. Along the way, Craig searches for the place where Gilded Age America abandoned republican ideals in favor of imperial ambition - and where his own generation of Americans now preside over arbitrary imprisonment and systematized torture. "I needed to see Guantnamo the way some Americans needed to drive through the night to kneel at JFK's coffin, and others are drawn to Ground Zero," he writes. "Sometimes, we don't know what we've lost until we trace the scars." Traveling with Craig, listeners will join in present-day adventures: spirit-possession rituals, black market odysseys, roots-music epiphanies, and discovering the continuing impact of the war in 1898 on both Cuba and America. The story of the United States in Cuba is fascinating, but none too flattering. Like the reality of "Papa" O'Brien's identity, it reflects more hubris than heroism, more avarice than sacrifice. In the end, however, Craig's journey in Yankee Come Home is a transformation from disillusionment to redemption. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jimmy Garcia. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009746/bk_adbl_009746_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This novella takes place on the tragic voyage of the SS St. Louis, a ship the Nazis allowed to sail out of Germany carrying the souls of 926 Jewish passengers hoping to be allowed to live. The vessel sailed out of the port of Hamburg Germany in 1939, with a very high price demanded for passage. However, when the ship set sail on it's way to Havana Cuba, the travelers had no idea what was in store. A story of love, of betrayal, and jealousy - of the will to live and the sadistic hatred of a madman and those who followed him. But also a tribute to the human spirit which is sometimes remarkably filled with hope, generosity and light. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marshall J. Bean. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/001453/bk_acx0_001453_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On September 2, 2013, at the age of 64, Diana Nyad emerged onto the sands of Key West after swimming 111 miles, nation to nation, Cuba to Florida, in an epic feat of both endurance and human will, in 53 hours. Diana carried three poignant messages on her way across this stretch of shark-infested waters, and she spoke them to the crowd in her moment of final triumph: Never, ever give up. You're never too old to chase your dreams. It looks like a solitary sport, but it's a team. Millions of people around the world cheered this maverick on, moved by her undeniable tenacity to be the first to make the historic crossing without the aid of a shark cage. At the end of her magnificent journey, after 35 years and four crushing failures, the public found hope in Diana's perseverance. They were inspired by her mantra - find a way - that led her to realize a dream in her 60s that had eluded her as a young champion in peak form. In Find a Way, Diana engages us with a unique, passionate story of this heroic adventure and the extraordinary life experiences that have served to carve her unwavering spirit. Diana was a world champion in her 20s, setting the record for swimming around Manhattan Island along with other ocean-swim achievements, all of which rendered her a star at the time. Back then, she made the first attempt at the Mount Everest of swims, the Cuba Swim, but after 42 hours and 79 miles she was blown desperately off course. Her dream unfulfilled, she didn't swim another stroke for three decades. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Diana Nyad. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004321/bk_rand_004321_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On the eve of the Cuban Revolution, headstrong 18-year-old Francesca Pacelli flees from her ruthless Mafia-boss father in Havana to the arms of her lover, a rebel fighting with Fidel Castro. Her father, desperate to send her to safety in the US, resorts to torture and blackmail as he searches the island for her. So begins the first part of a spellbinding saga that spans three generations of the same family. Decades later, the family is lured back to Cuba by the promise of untold riches. But pursuing those riches brings danger as well as opportunity, and ultimately, Francesca's family must confront the lethal consequences of their choices. From the troubled streets of Havana to the mean streets of Chicago, Havana Lost reveals the true cost of chasing power instead of love. Havana Lost is award-winning author Libby Fischer Hellmann's tenth novel and third thriller that explores how strife and revolution affect the human spirit. Havana Lost is a testament to Hellmann's gift for authentic historical detail as well as her talent for writing compulsively readable thrillers 1. Language: English. Narrator: James C. Lewis, Diane Piron-Gelman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/008981/bk_acx0_008981_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. (John 17:3)A commentary on the gospel of John and the three epistles of John. The writings of John have a very special focus on God the Father. Many people who know Jesus, or claim to know him, have a limited or nonexistent personal knowledge of God the Father. It is, of course, essential for us to know Jesus, but his fervent desire is that we may also know the Father so intimately that we can ask him for whatsoever we will in Jesus’ name and our prayers may be granted. By the Holy Spirit, we can have such deep and intimate communion with Jesus and the Father "that seeing our love for one another, everyone shall know that we are his disciples." (John 13:35).About the AuthorRussell Stendal, a former hostage of Colombian rebels, is a lifelong missionary to that same group in the jungles of Colombia. He is an influential friend to military and government leaders in Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela, and the United States. Russell’s ministry shares the gospel via 12 radio stations, hundreds of thousands of Bibles, books, and movies distributed through airplane parachute drops, and numerous speaking engagements for groups of leaders, prisoners, and individuals. Russell goes wherever the Lord leads, whether it’s to speak with a president or to go deep into the jungle to help an individual in trouble. He has witnessed thousands commit their lives to Christ. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lisa Stendal. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/137679/bk_acx0_137679_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Volume 2 describes how Paulina's personal crisis became a powerful motivator to overcome obstacles and demonstrated the power and potential of the human spirit. Finding herself embroiled in a Cold War drama on the Island of Cuba, where Soviet and American military forces were vying for supremacy during a secret nuclear confrontation, Paulina decided on a dangerous escape to freedom with her two small children rather than become an obedient slave and an informant for a cruel and rogue tyrannical state. When in 1971 the KGB attempted to conscript Paulina as an informant, she defected with her two young children to Canada in a bizarre feat of courage and audacity. This episode is sure to elevate your heart rate. Who said that women are the weaker sex? She enacted the assertion of "I am mad as hell, and I am not going to take it anymore" and, despite the long odds, succeeded. She became the only defector from a communist country that made such an escape with small children in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada. A seemingly discouraging and difficult situation for a young, penniless immigrant with two small children did not prevent Paulina from rapidly adjusting to a new country. She reestablished herself professionally and even brought her parents to Canada four years later. Paulina's family proudly integrated into Canadian society. Her boys graduated from Canadian universities as scientists. They became confident, responsible, and independent individuals in the entrepreneurial high-tech sector.A literate and beautifully written account of a Jewish girl growing up in Stalin's Russia and her creative approach to the problems of survival and achievement under a rigid dictatorship. Highly recommended as an example of women's determination and achievement if and when they take themselves seriously and pursue their objectives with conviction. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paulina Zelitsky. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/107647/bk_acx0_107647_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A lucid dream begins at the moment you become aware that you are dreaming, and fully conscious of the experience even though your body is sound asleep. In lucid, as well as in semi-lucid dreams, the Holy Spirit may choose to speak personally with our soul. In her intimate autobiographical account, Maria Isabel Pita shares how she was led home to Christ through lucid dreaming as a spiritual practice. Born into Catholicism in Havana, Cuba, Maria's family fled into exile after the communist revolution, and she grew up in Fairfax, Virginia. As an adult, Maria came to lead a secular life, concentrating primarily on her growth as a writer. The author of several successful novels, the happily married Maria never expected God to personally enter her life. Then she began experiencing lucid dreams. At first, she called them "flying dreams" because flying felt fantastic, and she could think of no better way to make use of them. But as her skill and control as a lucid dreamer improved, a pure and overwhelming Love introduced itself into her life in the form of a mysteriously wonderful Man who began appearing regularly in her dreams, and who she came to think of as her "Guardian Lord". This compelling account charts Maria's journey through the extraordinary experiences she recorded, and the insight and direction she drew from them as, dream by dream, her soul was guided along a path in keeping with Christian mystical tradition. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Maria Isabel Pita. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/082551/bk_acx0_082551_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Franny Chapman just wants some peace. But that's hard to get when her best friend is feuding with her, her sister has disappeared, and her uncle is fighting an old war in his head. Her saintly younger brother is no help, and the cute boy across the street only complicates things. Worst of all, everyone is walking around just waiting for a bomb to fall. It's 1962, and it seems that the whole country is living in fear. When President Kennedy goes on television to say that Russia is sending nuclear missiles to Cuba, it only gets worse. Franny doesn';t know how to deal with what's going on in the world - no more than she knows how to deal with what's going on with her family and friends. But somehow she's got to make it through. A note from the author: Countdown is a documentary novel. It contains scrapbooks with visual elements - photographs, song lyrics, newspaper articles from 1962, and more. I wanted readers to see young Franny's world, to feel it, to taste it, and I deliberately chose Listening Library to bring the scrapbooks and the story alive for readers by letting them hear what 1962 sounded like. I was totally blown over by this audio homage to the early sixties, as well as how faithful they were to the spirit of the scrapbooks, from the crackle in Khrushchev's long-distance transmissions, to the thrill of John F. Kennedy's rhetoric. From the crack of the bat and the swell of the crowd as Sandy Koufax pitched a no-hitter, to the ominous explosion of a nuclear bomb. Typewriters, air raid sirens, jaunty Duck-and-Cover jingles; it's all there, offering a world that the page alone cannot convey. And then there is the marvelous Emma Galvin as Franny; a snappy, snazzy, and, above all, earnest young girl in love with the world, on the cusp of growing up, and hoping she lives to see that day. Pitch perfect. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Emma Galvin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/001261/bk_lili_001261_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.