Listen to the full collection of Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales.
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One of my fave kids ones
It is a really heartwarming tale, but Don Cheadle really makes it. He surprised me, it really sounds like he put a lot of effort into this.
the bike ride :D
No, but I did giggle a little.
I'll be downloading another Don Cheadle read tale if I can find one.
Avid listener on my daily commute!
I made the mistake of listening to Alan Rickman read another Nelson Mandela favorite African Folktales selection, "The Ring of the King," first, so this story was a letdown in both narration and plot. But it might have been just a B-minus plot with B-minus narration even if I had never heard the Rickman. We'll never know for sure now. What I can tell you is that the story is basically forgettable, with a moral (Do well unto others, because they may in turn do well by you when YOU need help) that is somewhat undermined by dubious "hero" Fesito's snotty, self-aggrandizing attitude (he helps a seriously ill child, Kyoko, but he does so very, very begrudgingly, and is not appropriately humbled when Kyoko later saves him in return, instead being prideful that he succeed in overcoming his enemies and reaching market safely, with all his wares intact). As for the narration, I don't think Cheadle gives it his all, and when he does try, it comes off as weird variations in vocal volume that force the listener to quickly adjust the volume up or down.
Still, this short story held my attention sufficiently to make me want to listen until the end to see what happened. Also, there's African folk music!! Grade: B.
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