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Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela | [Nelson Mandela]

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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    Amazon Customer 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Amazon Customer 12-06-13
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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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    Maria Garcia De Sosa 09-04-13

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    "Great but long."

    If you are a Nelson Mandela fan you will love this book. If you are someone that admires him and wants to know more about his life, this book is great but very long at parts.
    In any case, I belive it to be a must read for any politician or someone out to make his mark on the world as well.

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    Sean Ocoee, FL, United States 09-04-12
    Sean Ocoee, FL, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A must for all to read/hear."
    If you could sum up Long Walk to Freedom in three words, what would they be?

    The amazing journey of patience and perseverance of an amazing man.


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

    The Journey


    What about Michael Boatman’s performance did you like?

    Very eloquent delivery of an amazing true depiction.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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