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)
I've been listening to quite a few books lately, The Virgin Way, Elon Musk's book, benjamin Franklin's Bio, etc. and I can say this has to be the most powerful and driving book I have read amongst them. It was a visual journey that touched every emotion available. Many times I found myself laughing, other times I found myself in deep thought about human nature. The book itself was writen in a way that makes it easy to get involved in the story and enjoy it.
Everything was fantastic: the life of Nelson Mandela is fascinating, the writing was engaging, the narration was fabulous. I knew very little about Mandela or the history of South Africa, so it was quite an education. But it didn't feel like being educated, it felt like having the chance to sit at the feet of a man who had the opportunity to walk on the front lines of history, and was willing to share that experience with anybody willing to listen. A phenomenal experience.
Boatman read with passion so well that I would have assumed it was Mandela reading the audiobook himself. Many parts seemed to drag out too long but it also gives you a sense of what Its like to wait so long as Mandela did.
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.
The detail and honesty of this biography is incredibly refreshing and enjoyable. Nelson Mandela really lets you see the kind of man he is.
The narrator is able to pronounce some of the African language that I would not be able to guess in a million years should I had read the book on my own.
Some parts of it, other parts could be a little bit slow.
If you have any interest in the apartheid and the role of Nelson Mandela and his associates, I would highly recommend this, it's well worth the time.
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
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