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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)

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  • Roderic
  • IRVINE, CA, United States
  • 08-13-12

Should be mandatory reading for everyone!

Where does Long Walk to Freedom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Best so far

What about Michael Boatman’s performance did you like?

He did such a great job. I actually thought he was South African

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

I wish but it was too long to do that

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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humble criticism

Thank you for bringing this story to life. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I gave my written copy away once. Now I've finally heard the story in its entirety.

My only gripe is the pronunciation of some of the local words. I'm an of Indian origin but was born and raised in South Africa. I appreciated that there were efforts made to get the Xhosa words right. Unfortunately, most of the afrikaans words were slaughtered. If possible, correct this, and this audio book will be flawless!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Long Walk is worth every step.

What did you love best about Long Walk to Freedom?

Mandela's LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is one of the great autobiographies of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It is comparable to THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS.

What did you like best about this story?

The breadth.

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

He is able to imitate Mandela's voice and speech. Boatman did an excellent job.

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

Listeniing to Audible made me want to read the book. I laughed at the section when all of the ANC male leaders were rounded up and taken to the prison yard and told to strip. Mandela laughed to himself that "Clothes do make the man" as he surveyed all the different bodies.

Any additional comments?

I am now reading the book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Inspirational

Everyone, especially Africans should read this book to understand the evils of intolerance as we all move forward in life. We should preach the word that to deny another human being equal rights just because we do like or understand them is pure evilness at its height. The Nazi’s intolerance towards Jews, The Africana’s intolerance towards Africans, the so called Christians intolerance towards gays and so on and so forth. A great book from a great man and leader in the struggle for equality for ALL South Africans.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Walked along history... saw the rainbow

On completion of this book, I truly felt I would have missed out had I not listened to this audio book.

What a leader...a must listen to all those who aspire to take up leadership roles. I will even go on to say that this must be part of a management course. Thank you audible for the opportunity.

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Much clearer picture painted as to modern day SA..

Captivating..
Much clearer picture painted as to the rise of what is now modern day SA.

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Amazing!

This is not only an autobiography. It is also a historical account of South Africa's political, racial, and tribal life. It takes the listener through the foundations of unjust racial domination to the triumphant emancipation over it while challenging the reader's own sense self. Truly Amazing!

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That book change my life.

That book showed me what suffering means ! What patience means . What love , courage and belief means.

Most importantly it showed me what is the truth power in life .

Nelson Mandela !!!

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Vision- Patience- Tenacity

South Africa’s struggle for freedom was a long, painful one. Nelson Mandela was instrumental and a huge force in the final result

It’s a fascinating story with many life lessons for us all

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Riveting

This is a history of South Africa through the lens of Nelson Mandela: decades-long prisoner who came to be the first democratic leader of that country. Extraordinary, heartbreaking, inspirational, devastating, and uplifting. The story of his trials and tribulations as well as those of his friends, compatriots, prison wardens and so much more.