Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at the center of the most compelling and inspiring political drama in the world.
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"Narrator Michael Boatman has a gentle but insistent voice that suggests a certain grace and is well suited for the memoir of this worldwide symbol of persistence and justice. Boatman’s authentic pronunciation of South African tribes and other words also lends great credibility to his reading. He narrates at an unhurried pace and lingers on certain words throughout the book in order to let us inhale Mandela’s meanings." (AudioFile)
Thank you for bringing this story to life. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I gave my written copy away once. Now I've finally heard the story in its entirety.
My only gripe is the pronunciation of some of the local words. I'm an of Indian origin but was born and raised in South Africa. I appreciated that there were efforts made to get the Xhosa words right. Unfortunately, most of the afrikaans words were slaughtered. If possible, correct this, and this audio book will be flawless!
Mandela's LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is one of the great autobiographies of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It is comparable to THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS.
He is able to imitate Mandela's voice and speech. Boatman did an excellent job.
Listeniing to Audible made me want to read the book. I laughed at the section when all of the ANC male leaders were rounded up and taken to the prison yard and told to strip. Mandela laughed to himself that "Clothes do make the man" as he surveyed all the different bodies.
I am now reading the book.
The autobiography of Nelson Mandela is a breath taking account of apartheid South Africa and how the African National Congress through great men and women like Madiba saved the country for civil war and lead its people to freedom. This book is a must read for anyone seeking the truth about the life, love, and sacrifice of liberation.
Such an amazing story, so inspiring. Why on earth did they get an American to read it, and why did he try the accent? if you want the accent, get a real South African. The clicks were inconsistent and sometimes nonexistent, and the accent was distractingly bad.
Amazing and personal story
As a South African I was disappointed that a South African narrator was not chosen. Mr. Boatman does a good job of imitating Madiba's speech but cannot manage the pronounciation of places and people. He could not pronounce any of the Afrikaans names and places. It was very disappointing and sloppy.
Amazing window into a different world (20th Century South Africa), and in a long but ultimately successful struggle. It is so easy to see how SA could have decayed into complete chaos like many other countries in Africa and in the Middle East...
I did not know almost any of this history. From an intellectual perspective, it was interesting to learn that unlike Gandhi, Mandela was not a proponent of non-violence regardless of circumstances.
Also interesting to see how Mandela just kind of drifted into this role (i.e. it was a very gradual process of increasing realization and involvement).
I love history, literature & photography
Ever Inspiring Legend
His speech in the court
Excellent , I felt it is Mandela's voice.
I recommend more such books.
It is a true story,that after nearly three decades of imprisonment,abuse, and,mental torture ,a person can forgive, go forward and the country follow the lead.The answer to hatred is forgivness.It saved South Africa from civil war,an example to other states
It is much more than a book.It transmit an attitude of forgivness.As a frequent visitor to South Africaiit deals in part with living history,peoples names in the book are often place names now
This book should be part of reading lists at schools to further understanding of different cultures and demonstates the overcoming of revenge and hatred is the way out of what can be a vicious cycle of cuture violence.It stimulates thought that had Gandhi lived the Indian continent might have been different now
Yes, in order to review the stages in his life.
His determination to find freedom for the natives of South Africa.
His voice in giving life to Mandela's words.
Fighting apartheid and finding freedom in South Africa
One fine book which took Nelson years to write, which he started in prison. Very touching to an American who distains prejudice and strongly admires this freedom fighter.
Best so far
He did such a great job. I actually thought he was South African
I wish but it was too long to do that
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