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Long Walk to Freedom Audiobook

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

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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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    Nayan 01-07-16
    Nayan 01-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    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!

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    Cheryl Clarke New Brunswick, N.J. USA 12-31-15
    Cheryl Clarke New Brunswick, N.J. USA 12-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Long Walk is worth every step."
    What did you love best about Long Walk to Freedom?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The breadth.


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

    He is able to imitate Mandela's voice and speech. Boatman did an excellent job.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I am now reading the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Esi Marietta, GA United States 09-07-15
    Esi Marietta, GA United States 09-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A must read for all seeking the truth about SA!"

    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.

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    Matthew Jackson 09-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great book, terrible narrator"

    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.

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    Juliet Boyd 07-31-15
    Juliet Boyd 07-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful autobiography but poor narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Long Walk to Freedom the most enjoyable?

    Amazing and personal story


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Boatman?

    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.


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    Jason 02-05-14
    Jason 02-05-14
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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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    Anil Canada 08-07-13
    Anil Canada 08-07-13 Member Since 2014

    I love history, literature & photography

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    "Imaging legend , very inspiring hero ."
    If you could sum up Long Walk to Freedom in three words, what would they be?

    Ever Inspiring Legend


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

    His speech in the court


    What about Michael Boatman’s performance did you like?

    Excellent , I felt it is Mandela's voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend more such books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dr Brampton, ON, Canada 03-31-13
    Dr Brampton, ON, Canada 03-31-13 Member Since 2016
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    "a unique book , story of a great man of our time"
    What did you love best about Long Walk to Freedom?

    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


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

    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


    Any additional comments?

    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

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Richard COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, United States 03-13-13
    Richard COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, United States 03-13-13
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    "Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom"
    Would you listen to Long Walk to Freedom again? Why?

    Yes, in order to review the stages in his life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His determination to find freedom for the natives of South Africa.


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

    His voice in giving life to Mandela's words.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Fighting apartheid and finding freedom in South Africa


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Roderic IRVINE, CA, United States 08-13-12
    Roderic IRVINE, CA, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Should be mandatory reading for everyone!"
    Where does Long Walk to Freedom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best so far


    What about Michael Boatman’s performance did you like?

    He did such a great job. I actually thought he was South African


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wish but it was too long to do that


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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