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)
I work. I ski. I play. I write. I have a family. I garden. I coach. I volunteer. I sketch. I run. I read.
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 struck me is that Mandela received support from the enemies of the West during the Cold War.
There were no significant character changes.
The culmination of his life's work at the end had an impact on me.
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.
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?
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.
I enjoyed the honesty and vivid descriptions of the most important moments of his life and South African history.
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.
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.
If you love autobiographies, African history, or inspirational books, you will not go wrong in reading about this world icon.
The story is great. Story of the struggle.
It stayed true to history.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
The amazing journey of patience and perseverance of an amazing man.
Very eloquent delivery of an amazing true depiction.
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