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Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

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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Publisher's Summary

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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©1995 Nelson Mandela (P)2011 Hachette

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    harry Fontana, CA, United States 04-07-14
    harry Fontana, CA, United States 04-07-14 Member Since 2010
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    What did you love best about Long Walk to Freedom?

    "Long Walk to Freedom" made me feel that I was walking in Nelson Mandela's shoes. It shed a new light on South Africa pain and triumph.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's honesty.


    What does Michael Boatman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I made me feel like Mandela himself was narrating.


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

    When he demanded respect as a man and attorney even while in prison.


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    Keith POOLER, GA, United States 03-24-14
    Keith POOLER, GA, United States 03-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing! I say"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Long Walk to Freedom to be better than the print version?

    Yes I would. This is one of the most amazing autobiography I ever listened to. I learned a lot about Madiba, things I never knew about.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story holds the best account from start to finish.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 03-20-14
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 03-20-14 Member Since 2013

    Rob Thomas

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    "Great book, great narration."

    When I started this book, I thought "Wow, a 27-hour long book! I'll probably be sick of it by the end." But, in fact I found myself wish it had been much more detailed and much longer.

    Nelson Mandela's life makes for a fascinating and inspiring story.

    Michael Boatman's performance was amazing. Most of the time, it felt as it was Nelson Mandela himself talking.

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    chantelle United States 02-21-14
    chantelle United States 02-21-14 Member Since 2011
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    "listened to book watched the movie -- awesome!"
    Where does Long Walk to Freedom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    number 1


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the thorough history and that I read it just as the movie came out. I was able to understand how the script writer of the movie interpreted and edited the content of the book it was awesome.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    all of it was fascinating but the trial sessions stand out


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

    no extreme reaction, but at times a little angry at the injustice of it all but in the end proud of the triumph.


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    Jason RIDGEFIELD, CT, United States 02-05-14
    Jason RIDGEFIELD, CT, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Amazing window into a different world."

    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).

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    andrew Reserve, LA, United States 01-24-14
    andrew Reserve, LA, United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2013

    Married, father of 2. I enjoy biographys, history, and nerdy/dorky thing.

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    "Wonderful story, about a wonderful man"
    What made the experience of listening to Long Walk to Freedom the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was exceptional. He was able to speak with a traditional African dialect. This great enhanced the listened pleasure of this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Since this is Nelson Mandela's auto-biography he is the main character. Even in his darkest hours, and most trying times he never lost his sense of hope, never lost the sight of his goal for a modern republic in his country and he never lost his unique sense of humor.


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

    No, this was my first one.


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

    At the end of the book, is the real life audio of Nelson Mandela being sworn in as president. This was very emotional to hear, after all he went through for freedom.


    Any additional comments?

    From beginning to end this book is captivating. From growing up in the poor, to moving to the city, to jail, and finally as president, LWTF give a very detailed account of his life. The book ends with him being sworn in as president. I wish it could have gone a bit further into his actual work as president.

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    Tanuki San Los Angeles, CA USA 12-27-13
    Tanuki San Los Angeles, CA USA 12-27-13 Member Since 2012

    I work. I ski. I play. I write. I have a family. I garden. I coach. I volunteer. I sketch. I run. I read.

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    "Inspirational and Moving"
    Where does Long Walk to Freedom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks that I have listened to. This is also one of the best autobiographies that I have listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Long Walk to Freedom?

    What struck me is that Mandela received support from the enemies of the West during the Cold War.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Boatman – was your favorite?

    There were no significant character changes.


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

    The culmination of his life's work at the end had an impact on me.


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad that I listened to this book. I would buy the print version of it so that I can return to certain chapters in the future.

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    PeacefulSeeker Santa Barbara, CA United States 12-21-13
    PeacefulSeeker Santa Barbara, CA United States 12-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't stop"

    Sometimes I listen to one or two audiobooks alternatively throughout the week but I could not interrupt this one. Mandela's story is as fascinating as any. With this book who needs action movies or dramas?

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    Jamar In the mountains 12-06-13
    Jamar In the mountains 12-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "RIP Madiba!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Long Walk to Freedom to be better than the print version?

    It was good listening to it, but I believe the print version may be better because there's a lot of people's names and events mentioned in this book. It would've been nice to actually visualize those.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the honesty and vivid descriptions of the most important moments of his life and South African history.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Nelson Mandela was released from prison, he had people of many races (including whites) who celebrated his release....that's pretty incredible considering that this was the same nation who considered him a terrorist and a fugitive before he was sent to prison.


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

    It didn't make me laugh or cry, but it make me change my perspective on life. It also made me carry myself in a different way. If you have a dream, go for it and never be too idle to let it pass.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love autobiographies, African history, or inspirational books, you will not go wrong in reading about this world icon.

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    Lebo Mbonani Arnold, MD USA 12-06-13
    Lebo Mbonani Arnold, MD USA 12-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Nothing against Mr Boatman, Story is great but!!!"
    If you could sum up Long Walk to Freedom in three words, what would they be?

    The story is great. Story of the struggle.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It stayed true to history.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I read the book ages ago, I thought I could add the audio version to my collection. As a South African it was hard listing to Mr Boatman without correcting him. Allot words were butchered (nothing against him) but to truly understand the book and journey. The story must be told clearly. I say if you can find a South African narrator for World War Z surely you can find one to do this book justice.


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

    Yes, I am partially from the so called born free generation. The book reminded me over and over again of what my parents taught me and what my parents and grandparents went through for freedom. All the sacrifices made so I can get an education and be free to travel anywhere in the world. Most of all, Be proud to be black. Wear my blackness with pride!!


    Any additional comments?

    Please please get a South African narrator. Its hard to share the book with people when I know of the mispronunciation of the words in the recording.

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