The Lion, the Hare, and the Hyena

A Story from Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales
Narrated by: Alan Rickman
Length: 9 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this story from Kenya, retold to Phyllis Savory by Gwido Mariko, the hare and the hyena again try, as they so often do, to outwit each other.

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.

Listen to the full collection of Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales.
Public Domain (P)2009 Hachette

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Fantastic

The Nelson Mandela Favorite Folklore are incredible, and indescribably charming. I cannot recommend these stories enough for children or adults who wish to learn more about African Folklore. I recommend getting all the stories, which will run you less than taking your family to the movies. The narrators are brilliant and bring these tales to life.

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Rickman Rocks This African Fable

This VERY short story, not included in the main volume of Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales, is nonetheless worth acquiring, so I do recommend paying the dollar-plus cost. It's maybe not quite as memorable as Alan Rickman's other story within the collection, The Ring of the King, but Rickman makes it soar right off the page. Grade: A-

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  • Ms. S. D. Palmer
  • 02-22-18

The late great Alan rickman

This beautiful story will appeal to children with inquisitive nature’s and a little taste of the macabre ( after all it’s not every short story where someone gets their skin removed) And of course I have to praise the many character voices of Alan rickman . Apart from Thomas hardy ‘s return of the native and second of these tales from mandalas childhood that’s all audible offers

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  • Mariola
  • 11-12-16

Great listen

Yet another great story that I could listen over and over again. Brilliant and unforgettable performance from Alan Rickman.

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  • Katja
  • 01-17-11

Alan Rickman's voice (*****)

I bought the stories because of Alan Rickman's voice. He really should make more audio books!
The stories are lovely too and I will be gifting these to my niece who is a big Severus Snape fan. :)