Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales is an audiobook benefiting children orphaned and impacted by HIV/AIDS in South Africa, featuring Gillian Anderson, Benjamin Bratt, LeVar Burton, Ricardo Chavira, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hayes, Hugh Jackman, Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Debra Messing, Helen Mirren, Parminder Nagra, Sophie Okonedo, CCH Pounder, Alan Rickman, Jurnee Smollett, Charlize Theron, Blair Underwood, Forest Whitaker, and Alfre Woodard, with a special message from Archbishop Desmond Tutu and original music by South African legends by Johnny Clegg and Vusi Mahlasela, directed by Alfre Woodard. The audiobook was a truly international affair, recorded in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, London, and Johannesburg. The stories were chosen by the Nobel Laureate himself, from every region of Africa.
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(P)2009 Hachette Audio
Avid listener on my daily commute!
Not only is this a wonderful folk tale with a solid moral for children and adults alike, but it's fourteen minutes of the incomparable Alan Rickman, who, as the satirical newspaper The Onion once put it, could strike terror in the heart of an unassuming pizza delivery boy with three little words: "So be it." I know that other narrators (most notably Meryl Streep, of course, as well as Caroline Lee, Finty Williams, Simon Prebble, Kenneth Branagh, and the amazing Santino Fontana) have been said to be so talented that one would gladly pay "to listen to [them] read the phone book," but as I drove home from work tonight listening to this story, I thought, "My god! It's literally true!" and imagined listening with glee as Rickman curled those lips and prosodic contours around a list of names, addresses, and phone numbers.
Another bonus of this recording: the way-cool African folk music, and Alfre Woodard's Afterword. I will almost certainly now purchase the full volume of Mandela's Favorite Folktales...especially if the other narrators of that full volume are even one-tenth as good as Alan Rickman.
I would and have listened to the recording. It is very enjoyable and a quick diversion during a hectic day.
I could compare it to any folktale type of book.
I am a HUGE fan of Alan Rickman, and I love the way that he narrates books. This story is read well, the different characters have different voices, but they don't sound silly, and I think it's the story itself that really appeals to me, although I have to admit, I bought it first because Mr. Rickman was narrating it.
Well worth the buy.
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I love the idea of becoming aquainted with African folk tales, but I wasn't sure I'd love a whole book's worth, so I am glad I could pick up the stories individually (IF you are certain you will love them then you should buy the book as a whole and save money). This was one of the first tales I bought because I was confident that Alan Rickman would make a great narrator. Boy was I right!! Well, it is a no brainer really.
It has a nice moral twist
Yes, and I did. Many times.
I would now probably listen to just about anything read by Rickman.
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