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Long Walk to Freedom, Vol. 1: 1918-1962 | [Nelson Mandela]

Long Walk to Freedom, Vol. 1: 1918-1962

The riveting memoirs of the outstanding moral and political leader of our time, Long Walk to Freedom brilliantly recreates the drama of the experiences that helped shape Nelson Mandela's destiny. From his beginning in the Transkei to his being taken to Robben Island, this is the remarkable story of how a man rose so far, only to be sentenced to life imprisonment. Emotive and compelling, this is the story of an epic life.
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The riveting memoirs of the outstanding moral and political leader of our time, Long Walk to Freedom brilliantly recreates the drama of the experiences that helped shape Nelson Mandela's destiny. From his beginning in the Transkei to his being taken to Robben Island, this is the remarkable story of how a man rose so far, only to be sentenced to life imprisonment.

Emotive and compelling, this is the story of an epic life. This audiobook includes a foreword written and read by Kofi Annan, Nelson Mandela's Presidential Oath of Office, an afterword from Sharon Gelman, and an interview with Long Walk to Freedom collaborator Richard Stengel.

©1994 Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (P)2011 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Burns with the luminosity of faith in the invincible nature of human hope and dignity...Unforgettable" (Andre Brink)

"Enthralling...Mandela emulates the few great political leaders such as Lincoln and Gandhi, who go beyond mere consensus and move out ahead of their followers to break new ground" (Donald Woods in the Sunday Times)

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    Amazon Customer Cape Town, South Africa 09-27-13
    Amazon Customer Cape Town, South Africa 09-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome content, AWEFUL AWEFUL reader"
    What did you love best about Long Walk to Freedom, Vol. 1?

    The story of Long Walk to Freedom, as a view of the growth of South African politics from the eyes of Nelson Mandela, is timeless. As a South African, it is absolutely crucial to know and understand how we came to be the way we are, and the individuals (although the roles of all the them were not detailed in this book - not enough space!) that were instrument to the changes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Long Walk to Freedom, Vol. 1?

    A particular image of the political prisoners on Robben Island cooking mussels, abalone, and crawfish on the beach while doing "hard labour" :)


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The pronunciation of the Afrikaans and African words and names were HORRENDOUS. Why was a South African not employed to read this text? Just because you got a black guy to read a book written by a black man doesn't mean that he'll get the words right!! If this book teaches one ANYTHING, it's that the colour of your skin says NOTHING about you. Micheal Boatmen may be black, but he is NOT South African, and he says the words "veld", "rondavel", "knopkirrie", "Xhosa" and numerous others COMPLETELY wrong. His pronunciation of "Ag,", "Groote Schuur", and the names like "Mr Willemse", "Johan Strijdom", "Mr Viljoen", "Mr Botha".... it was AGONISING listening to Michael tear apart the commonly heard South Africa sounds so thoroughly. This isn't just a text on South African politics, it reflects on South African culture in more ways than one. It is tantamount that a narrator gets things as basic as pronunciation correct! I hear at the end that there was a "language consultant" that was employed. CLEARLY that person was NOT qualified in ANY way for this job! Ask ANY South African how to pronounce these words, and most would do it for FREE!!!

    If you don't know what these words are meant to sound like, ignore all this, it's a GREAT book. If you're from SA and have the time to read the book, save yourself the aural agony.


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

    The content made me laugh, cry, and giggle in relation to Madiba. It's a great text, and although it's quite biased to his point of view, it IS an autobiography.

    The narration made me cringe and wished that I'd bought the ebook and read it instead... at least my brain would have pronounced the words correctly.


    Any additional comments?

    Just to re-iterate that you should have gotten a South African and NOT and American to read this particular book out loud... Michael Boatman puts on an "African" accent, but the words that Really needed the "African" touch were failed abysmally.

    This is also more of a Biography than an Autobiography, since Madiba didn't really have the time to write this text. Richard Stengel did a phenomenal job though, and of course it'll sell better as "written by Nelson Mandela", than Stengel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    david Pretoria, South Africa 04-12-14
    david Pretoria, South Africa 04-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Poor Narration"

    This is a great story, by a great man, but it is tremendously annoying that the narrator did not take the time, effort, and courtesy out of respect to author story and listeners, to learn how to pronounce South African vernacular correclty

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    Janine Singapore, Singapore 12-25-13
    Janine Singapore, Singapore 12-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    "World's worst narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator. What's with the fake accent and the inability to pronounce regular South African words? So so embarrassing.


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

    Anyone who doesn't think faking an African accent is ok. Kofi Annan is fine.


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful story spoiled in the telling by bad audio choices on the part of the producers. suggest going for the e- or the print version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "An intriguing learning experience"
    What did you like most about Long Walk to Freedom, Vol. 1?

    As an ex-pat of South Africa it was a major eye opener. We were taught history in a way that removed us from reality. Reading Mandel's recounting of what really happened, was exciting and stomach churning at the same time. We acted disgustingly and it is amazing that this man could have forgiven us for it all.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Long Walk to Freedom, Vol. 1?

    Mandela's ability to make things happen, first with his school and then with work, and finally with his business interactions with the bigoted whites.


    What about Michael Boatman and Kofi Annan ’s performance did you like?

    It gave a flavour of Africa, which I miss so much, well read and very engaging.


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

    It upset me to think that a large portion of my life was lived under a lie. Created by a bigoted nation.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • D. EDWARDS
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    12/10/13
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    "Dreadful Narrator, Great History"

    The publishers can now rename themselves as Hatchet audio for the singularly dreadful choice of narrator. While he does a better job than Danny Glover, it is only marginally better. I simply cannot fathom why the publishers couldn't have found a South African narrator to do the reading. There are plenty of good ones.

    Any narrator who reads a South African novel and cannot manage simple words like "veld" and "Drakensberg" should not bother to apply. And the phony black accent is insulting. Really insulting. Didn't they learn anything by reading the book?

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • eeyore
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    "I felt I took the long walk with him"
    What did you like most about Long Walk to Freedom, Vol. 1?

    It was honest account of what lead up to Nelson Mandela's imprisonment.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nelson Mandela


    What about Michael Boatman and Kofi Annan ’s performance did you like?

    He gave the right amount of emotional emphasis to the story. Bring the words to life. Kofi Annan spoke from the heart.


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

    It made we angry that human can treat each other in such an appaling way.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Annika
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    12/18/13
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    "Perfectly fine narrator except for the foreword!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The narration by Michael Boatman is perfectly fine, or even quite excellent! The only point of worry here when it comes to 'narration', is the hagiograpgic foreword by Kofi Annan. But then the latter is rather short, and it is easy to scroll past the usual, empty rhetoric and substandard reading at the beginning.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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