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Good Morning, Mr Mandela Audiobook

Good Morning, Mr Mandela

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Good Morning, Mr Mandela is the journey of an awkward young typist later chosen to become the President's most loyal servant, spending most of her adult life travelling with, and caring for the man she would come to call 'Khulu', or 'grandfather'.

Here Zelda pays tribute to Nelson Mandela as she knew him. A man who forgave and respected all, but who was also frank, teasing and direct. Now she shares his inspiring gifts with the world.

©2014 Zelda la Grange (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

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    Satha West pennant hills, Australia 04-18-15
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    "thank you Zelada"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. As it comes across as an honest account of the events in Nelson Mandela's life after his release from prison. It is a frank and open account with all its flaws.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a personal account of one person who was very committed to serving a very special man (Mr Mandala) who led by example, a great inspirational human being in my life time.


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  • KittyB
    Leeds
    6/1/15
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    "An amazing story, and a beautiful tribute"
    Would you listen to Good Morning, Mr Mandela again? Why?

    Yes, Zelda learnt so much from Mandela, and I am sure that each time I reread this book, I will always pick up something new from it. I also loved accompanying Zelda through her journey with Madiba. It is a journey I would enjoy taking again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Good Morning, Mr Mandela?

    It is very hard to pick just one. For example, I enjoyed the sweet funny moments with Mandela that just made me smile, for instance he was giving a talk that involved MacDonalds which he simply referred to as "the people who make the sandwiches". (He simply didn't eat at fast food restaurants so he would not have really known about Macdonalds). As well as those moments there are some real heart jerking moments when you remember just what Madiba has been through on Robin Island as a prisoner. In addition to this, you are seeing things through his secretary Zelda's perspective, who herself is being made free from the chains of apartheid that divided South Africa.


    Have you listened to any of Adjoa Andoh’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but I do think that her voice was perfect for this book. I also loved the Afrikaans click every time she said Xhosa and some names that would usually be pronounced with that sound.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both! As I said there where those sweet funny moments with Madiba that just made me smile but I felt very emotional, especially towards the end of the book. I could really sense Zelda's heart ache around the time of Madiba's death. I felt especially sad in the way she was treated towards the end as it was not only insensitive but would not have been what Madiba would have liked. It did make me feel very sad, but then I was also happy looking back throughout the book at the amazing things this man and his secretary had accomplished. I do think it takes a very special book to make you both laugh and cry and this one certainly does!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a beautiful book, and I feel after reading it I appreciate who Nelson Mandela was that much more. It is personal without being intrusive. It is sensitive without being overly sentimental. It is a balanced account of an incredible journey between a President and his secretary in very challenging times as South Africa overcame Apartheid which is something that affected both whites and blacks. It is also a very important book in the history of South Africa and the world. I love it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    4/24/15
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    "Never thought this book would affect me"

    Not a book of adulation for nelson. An honest open & inspiring account of how one event can change your whole life for the better. I loved her honesty & self deprecating attitude. I was also delighted that at the end we actually heard her own voice

    An inspiring & enthralling read I never expected it would affect me. Thank you selfs for writing this

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Louise Marie Holt
    3/11/15
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    "Simply put and fascinating"

    Really enjoyed the openness and simplicity of the factual account, read with clarity and emotion. A humble and emotional read

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • hayley
    1/12/15
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    "Oh South Africa"

    Cried my eyes out in the last chapter. As a white South African female I really admired Zelda, and as so much of my adult life was experienced in this period it really touched me. Thank you so much Zelda for sharing this with us.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Edmund O Connell
    6/13/16
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    "Thank you Zeldina."

    Beautiful story. An essential strand of the Nelson Mandela life story is now told. Excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan
    11/29/15
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    "Personal insight into the life of Madiba"

    A truly fantastic book! A real insight into a beautiful relationship between these two people

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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