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The Price of Paradise

Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
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In a city as corrupt as it was luxurious, those who dared to dream were bound to pay the price.

Havana, Cuba, 1947. Young Patricio flees impoverished Spain and steps into the sultry island paradise of Havana with only the clothes on his back and half-baked dreams of a better life. Blessed with good looks and natural charm, he lands a job as a runner at El Encanto - one of the most luxurious department stores in the world. 

Famous for its exquisite offerings from French haute couture to Arabian silks, El Encanto indulges the senses in opulent extravagance. It caters to visiting Hollywood stars, rising politicos, and prerevolutionary Cuba’s wealthiest power players, including the notorious mobster César Valdés. 

Falling in love with the mobster’s young wife, Gloria, is suicide. But Patricio is irresistibly drawn to the beautiful girl with sad eyes, a razor-sharp intellect, and a penchant for both Christian Dior’s clothes and Einstein’s theories. Within the walls of El Encanto, anything seems possible, even a love that promises to heal them and a desire that thrums with the mambo beat of the city itself. 

In a reckless love affair that spans half a century, Patricio’s and Gloria’s lives entwine time and again, challenged by every twist of fate - for in a world of murder, betrayal, and revolution, those who dare to reach for paradise seldom survive unscathed.

©2017 by Susana Lopez Rubio. Translation © 2019 by Achy Obejas. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
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  • Kathleen
  • 11-06-19

Simply wonderful!

This is an historical novel you can really get lost in. The vivid descriptions of Cuba's tropical scenery made me want to go there. The character development is complicated and deep. The story itself is so involved and convoluted it was hard for me to put down. Even though I grew up during this time period I only knew what we saw on the TV news in America. This book brought it to life.

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  • Faye Goldberg
  • 02-06-19

The price of paradise

Worst book I’ve recently read and could not finish it would like my money back

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  • kyle williams
  • 05-01-20

Endless love <br />

All those who do not know the real Cuba of 1940, 1950, 1960, and beyond can listen to this story and know that love of heart and home last forever. An island so exciting, glamorous, and mystical it's still referred to and remembered as paradise.

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  • happyinflorida3
  • 13-10-19

Excellent book

This is not my usual genre of book, but I must say I ended up extremely pleased. The author did a very good job of painting a picture of Havana and the different times throughout the story. The characters had a lot of depth. I was able to step into their shoes and see and feel the story through them.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-07-19

I couldn't get past the narrator

Listened for 3 minutes and I couldn't take the narrator. Too bad seemed pretty good story.

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  • VLR
  • 08-09-19

Lovely Romantic Story - Mediocre Performance

Cynthia Farrell'S mispronunciation of Patricio's name (as "Patrihio") ruined the performance for me. Too bad!

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  • Pam & Pugs :0)
  • 10-06-20

Loved the two narrators!

Both narrators made this unique story come to life. Well done! Highly recommend it to both Romance and Cuban history buffs. 💙

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-05-20

This was a nice love story

nice love story the intertwined historical events. I really enjoyed it. Easy to listen too.

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  • Susannah 111
  • 21-05-20

Romance + History in Old Havana

This is one of the few audiobooks I've listened to a second time. In addition to the narrator's charming voice and sensuality of the tale, I responded to the love story and family dynamics interwoven with Cuban history. Throw in some behind the scenes luxury retail and haute couture of the era, and I may listen to it once again!

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  • Roxanne ZAHNEN
  • 19-05-20

Good romance book

Easy read , loved the historical content about Cuba during the 40's and 50's as well as the location details.