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Liza

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  • My Race: A Jewish Girl Growing Up Under Apartheid in South Africa

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lorraine Lotzof Abramson
    • Narrated By Nathalie Boltt
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    My Race is the memoir of a gifted Jewish athlete growing up under the apartheid system of South Africa. As both an outsider excluded from the conservative Christian mainstream and an insider who reaped many of the benefits of a society founded on white supremacy, South African track star Lorraine Lotzof Abramson had a unique vantage point on the apartheid experience.

    Barry C. Berelowitz says: "A wonderful story beautifully told"
    "Portrait of a Wasted Land"
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    What did you love best about My Race?

    Listening to the story through the performance of the narrator, Nathalie Boltt, truly engaged me as a listener and brought it fully to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The most wonderful aspect of the story was to find so many points on which to relate to. It is a story of my homeland and took me to the places in which I grew up.


    Have you listened to any of Nathalie Boltt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I have heard other performances of Nathalie's and felt that this particular narration has added a new level of greatness to her work. She was so compelling and vivid with her interpretation of the accents and through this, a great energy was injected into the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    For me, the most moving moment in the book was when Lorraine's mother states, "We're living in a fool's paradise." A chill ran down my spine as I heard the words performed by Nathalie and reflected with a great unease of the decades that followed.


    Any additional comments?

    On the eve of Nelson Mandela's life this is indeed a poignant and haunting story to hear. The irony and sorrow portrayed so beautifully, brings the world of dichotomies that is South Africa, to the front and centre of the stage. Bravo.

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