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)
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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.
I loved listening to this book. Michael Boatman did a WONDERFUL job narrating the book. I often times felt I was there and could vividly imagine the scene and feel the emotions surrounding the situations. Listen to this book today!!!
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What an incredible story of commitment to a noble cause and persistence to transform a dream into reality.
one of the greatest if not greatest book I have ever read, a must read for anyone who wants to know about one of the world's greatest freedom fighters!
Absolutely wonderful, moving account of the life of Nelson Mandela. From the time of his childhood to his imprisonment to becoming president, it is a very honest testimony of his motivations and commitment to equality for all people in South Africa.
Mandela's autobiography introduces one to the sweep of the South African landscape, as well as its history, along with the minute details that help anchor this amazing story. Narrator Michael Boatman has a lovely, lilting voice that echoes Mandela's without trying to copy it; I was surprised he wasn't South African! An amazing experience to listen to the very long and troubled journey; I was brought to tears more than once.
Mandela, of course, but I so appreciated how he consistently evoked the names of his friends and comrades in The Struggle; one never felt like he was a solo actor. Additionally, his apparent ability to find the humanity in all, even his jailers, was a lesson in itself.
The final chapter, where he describes where he was, where he is, and where he is going -- and leaves us inspired.
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