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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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    Roderic IRVINE, CA, United States 08-13-12
    Roderic IRVINE, CA, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "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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    Nayan 01-07-16
    Nayan 01-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    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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    Cheryl Clarke New Brunswick, N.J. USA 12-31-15
    Cheryl Clarke New Brunswick, N.J. USA 12-31-15 Member Since 2014
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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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    Ruby Chung Santa Fe, NM, United States 11-29-11
    Ruby Chung Santa Fe, NM, United States 11-29-11

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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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    Scott F Fenton, MI 08-18-17
    Scott F Fenton, MI 08-18-17 Member Since 2015

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    "A truly powerful story "

    A story of one of our lifetimes most iconic champions and his struggle to change the lives of the people in this country

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Essam Rajab 08-01-17
    Essam Rajab 08-01-17
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    "A Great Man; A Great Biography ...!!!"

    No body us perefect; Mandela included. However, he tried his best to be one.

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    Craigan 07-30-17
    Craigan 07-30-17
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    "Inspiring!"

    Well narrated intimate and inspiring story that gives a glimpse of what it is to be a freedom fighter!

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    twon 07-22-17
    twon 07-22-17
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    "Amazing Examples of Reconciliation"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A thorough history of Mandela's life from childhood up until he takes office. Full of narrative gold, exemplary steps in seeking social reconciliation and loving one's enemy while maintaining dignity. A unique revolution in a racially divided place.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    uhh....duh!


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

    Great to hear words pronounced in their native language.


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

    extreme inspiration, drawn in to see how every step of the way decisions made to work towards a powerful solution


    Any additional comments?

    Some parts of the book get super detailed on political movements and other things....but not overwhelming, the only part of the book that lost a little interest were incredibly detailed on some meetings that seemed a little to specific, but only a small part of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Swenson! Utah 07-14-17
    D. Swenson! Utah 07-14-17 Member Since 2014

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    "Great Book!"
    If you could sum up Long Walk to Freedom in three words, what would they be?

    Inspirational. Educational. Impactful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved learning how human Mandela was, and yet how exceptional. I loved how much I learned about the native tribes in South Africa and saw them through different eyes after reading this book. Although he was not just one person in the fight for freedom, he was a game changer in their success. Yet he always gave credit to others. I loved that.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Boatman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    So many I can not list. His prison experiences. I was torn about the sacrifices made by him and his family, who lost so much in his devotion to the cause.


    Any additional comments?

    This book taught me so much. It opened my eyes to racism in a deeper way. It taught me how much one person can influence others through dogged persistence and fairness. I am old enough that I remember apartied. But it was in a distant land and I never realized how oppressive it was. Racism is a horrible thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gustavo M. 07-13-17
    Gustavo M. 07-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "wonderful book"

    So inspiring, a true example of living one's life purpose. we are in this world for a reason and the story of Nelson Mandela inspires me to fight for mine ❤

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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