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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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    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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    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!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ruby Chung Santa Fe, NM, United States 11-29-11
    Ruby Chung Santa Fe, NM, United States 11-29-11

    Mustang Babe

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    "Inspirational"

    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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    R. Eicher 04-04-17
    R. Eicher 04-04-17

    Kevin Eicher

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    "A well written autobiography"

    This is a book everyone should read. It should be adopted in our school system as part of the curriculum and discussed at great length. The lessons Nelson Mandela taught and lived are priceless and timeless! He is a model for a world I would like to be a part of.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Huskey Cottonwood, CA, United States 03-19-17
    M. Huskey Cottonwood, CA, United States 03-19-17 Member Since 2010
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    "An unbelievably good read!"

    I put off this book for ages because I thought it would be dry and depressing, but instead it was captivating and inspiring!
    From the first chapter I was drawn in, and it was fascinating to learn about Nelsons life before prison, gain a picture of life in those times and also Mandela's life as a young man.
    His spirit, his integrity, and his keen intellect are felt on every page.
    This book really opened my eyes, educated me and inspired me.
    I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes inspirational stories, histories, biographies or books about Africa.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ian 03-09-17
    Ian 03-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Inspirational"

    This book gave me a new appreciation for the suffering and strength of the South African people along with giving me a new personal role model in Nelson Mandela. He was a man of both a titanic will and an enduring love of humanity. I should be surprised if the world ever witnesses a man of his caliber and metal again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James J Rex 02-28-17
    James J Rex 02-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Hmmmm"

    Thought this would be better... not even sure what to make of Nelson Mandela? Plenty to admire but some dark secrets that have come to light make me wonder if he's to be honored or not...

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    Erick Racedo 02-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely incredible!"

    This has to be one of the best, most inspirational books I've ever read. It had me laughing, had me in tears, and completely changed my world.

    Nelson's story paints a clear picture of mankind. He understood all of his fellow many better than most. All he wanted was to make a better South Africa, and a better world. He sacrificed years of his life to make it happen. His opposers put him through the worst of hell, but he persisted. And he didn't just persist for the black oppressed, her persisted for all the country. He knew that neither the blacks or whites could truly be free in the system that was in place.

    This book is a must read for anyone and everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Loves Books Washington 02-15-17
    Loves Books Washington 02-15-17

    Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes

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    "An inspirational man, an inspirational story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - the book is inspiring, educational, and reflective. It's a story that is meaningful and well worth the read (listen).


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

    It's more overall than just a single moment - Mandela's candor, perspective and ability to see the bigger issues at hand.


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

    Although his accent/pronunciation wasn't perfect, I felt more submerged into the story than I would have with an American or English accent.


    Any additional comments?

    I had previously read portions of the book in hard copy, but never had an opportunity to go cover to cover. This was my first Audible purchase and has set the bar very high for future books. I have always admired Nelson Mandela and this book did not disappoint. Having been on Robben Island (and to his former cell) a couple of times, the parts of the book that discuss his imprisonment on "The Island" really hit home. I think portions of this book should be required reading for high school history in the US.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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