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Long Walk to Freedom Audiobook

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

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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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    Xiomara D. 06-04-16
    Xiomara D. 06-04-16
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    "Powerful!"

    I've been listening to quite a few books lately, The Virgin Way, Elon Musk's book, benjamin Franklin's Bio, etc. and I can say this has to be the most powerful and driving book I have read amongst them. It was a visual journey that touched every emotion available. Many times I found myself laughing, other times I found myself in deep thought about human nature. The book itself was writen in a way that makes it easy to get involved in the story and enjoy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Ward 05-06-16
    J. Ward 05-06-16 Member Since 2017
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    "I loved everything about this book"

    Everything was fantastic: the life of Nelson Mandela is fascinating, the writing was engaging, the narration was fabulous. I knew very little about Mandela or the history of South Africa, so it was quite an education. But it didn't feel like being educated, it felt like having the chance to sit at the feet of a man who had the opportunity to walk on the front lines of history, and was willing to share that experience with anybody willing to listen. A phenomenal experience.

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    Zach Huett 03-14-16
    Zach Huett 03-14-16
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    "Must read"

    Boatman read with passion so well that I would have assumed it was Mandela reading the audiobook himself. Many parts seemed to drag out too long but it also gives you a sense of what Its like to wait so long as Mandela did.

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    Esi Marietta, GA United States 09-07-15
    Esi Marietta, GA United States 09-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A must read for all seeking the truth about SA!"

    The autobiography of Nelson Mandela is a breath taking account of apartheid South Africa and how the African National Congress through great men and women like Madiba saved the country for civil war and lead its people to freedom. This book is a must read for anyone seeking the truth about the life, love, and sacrifice of liberation.

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    Matthew Jackson 09-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great book, terrible narrator"

    Such an amazing story, so inspiring. Why on earth did they get an American to read it, and why did he try the accent? if you want the accent, get a real South African. The clicks were inconsistent and sometimes nonexistent, and the accent was distractingly bad.

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    Juliet Boyd 07-31-15
    Juliet Boyd 07-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful autobiography but poor narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Long Walk to Freedom the most enjoyable?

    Amazing and personal story


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

    As a South African I was disappointed that a South African narrator was not chosen. Mr. Boatman does a good job of imitating Madiba's speech but cannot manage the pronounciation of places and people. He could not pronounce any of the Afrikaans names and places. It was very disappointing and sloppy.


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    KDawg 05-18-14
    KDawg 05-18-14
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    "Incredible Story"
    What made the experience of listening to Long Walk to Freedom the most enjoyable?

    The detail and honesty of this biography is incredibly refreshing and enjoyable. Nelson Mandela really lets you see the kind of man he is.


    What does Michael Boatman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator is able to pronounce some of the African language that I would not be able to guess in a million years should I had read the book on my own.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Some parts of it, other parts could be a little bit slow.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have any interest in the apartheid and the role of Nelson Mandela and his associates, I would highly recommend this, it's well worth the time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason 02-05-14
    Jason 02-05-14
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    "Amazing window into a different world."

    Amazing window into a different world (20th Century South Africa), and in a long but ultimately successful struggle. It is so easy to see how SA could have decayed into complete chaos like many other countries in Africa and in the Middle East...

    I did not know almost any of this history. From an intellectual perspective, it was interesting to learn that unlike Gandhi, Mandela was not a proponent of non-violence regardless of circumstances.

    Also interesting to see how Mandela just kind of drifted into this role (i.e. it was a very gradual process of increasing realization and involvement).

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    Anil Canada 08-07-13
    Anil Canada 08-07-13 Member Since 2014

    I love history, literature & photography

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    "Imaging legend , very inspiring hero ."
    If you could sum up Long Walk to Freedom in three words, what would they be?

    Ever Inspiring Legend


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

    His speech in the court


    What about Michael Boatman’s performance did you like?

    Excellent , I felt it is Mandela's voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend more such books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dr Brampton, ON, Canada 03-31-13
    Dr Brampton, ON, Canada 03-31-13 Member Since 2017
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    "a unique book , story of a great man of our time"
    What did you love best about Long Walk to Freedom?

    It is a true story,that after nearly three decades of imprisonment,abuse, and,mental torture ,a person can forgive, go forward and the country follow the lead.The answer to hatred is forgivness.It saved South Africa from civil war,an example to other states


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

    It is much more than a book.It transmit an attitude of forgivness.As a frequent visitor to South Africaiit deals in part with living history,peoples names in the book are often place names now


    Any additional comments?

    This book should be part of reading lists at schools to further understanding of different cultures and demonstates the overcoming of revenge and hatred is the way out of what can be a vicious cycle of cuture violence.It stimulates thought that had Gandhi lived the Indian continent might have been different now

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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