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)
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
Everyone, especially Africans should read this book to understand the evils of intolerance as we all move forward in life. We should preach the word that to deny another human being equal rights just because we do like or understand them is pure evilness at its height. The Nazi’s intolerance towards Jews, The Africana’s intolerance towards Africans, the so called Christians intolerance towards gays and so on and so forth. A great book from a great man and leader in the struggle for equality for ALL South Africans.
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.
The title is really all you need to know. This is an autobiography worthy of Mandela himself, and despite running at over 27 hours long, "Long Walk to Freedom" is never boring.
Despite certain criticisms I saw of the narrator in other Audible reviews, I found his narration pretty much as good as it could be. God knows I couldn't pronounce some of the place names he pronounces with aplomb.
Nelson Mandela and South Africa, the youngest Democratic country, has many similarities as Gandhi and India, the largest Democratic country in the world. It's a great book about Nelson Mandela and his personal stories at his best. I have read it and listened to it and learned so much from it.
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