The riveting memoirs of the outstanding moral and political leader of our time, Long Walk to Freedom brilliantly recreates the drama of the experiences that helped shape Nelson Mandela's destiny. From his beginning in the Transkei to his being taken to Robben Island, this is the remarkable story of how a man rose so far, only to be sentenced to life imprisonment. Emotive and compelling, this is the story of an epic life.
This audiobook includes a foreword written and read by Kofi Annan, Nelson Mandela's Presidential Oath of Office, an afterword from Sharon Gelman, and an interview with Long Walk to Freedom collaborator Richard Stengel.
©1994 Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (P)2011 Hachette Audio
"Burns with the luminosity of faith in the invincible nature of human hope and dignity...Unforgettable" (Andre Brink)
"Enthralling...Mandela emulates the few great political leaders such as Lincoln and Gandhi, who go beyond mere consensus and move out ahead of their followers to break new ground" (Donald Woods in the Sunday Times)
The publishers can now rename themselves as Hatchet audio for the singularly dreadful choice of narrator. While he does a better job than Danny Glover, it is only marginally better. I simply cannot fathom why the publishers couldn't have found a South African narrator to do the reading. There are plenty of good ones.
Any narrator who reads a South African novel and cannot manage simple words like "veld" and "Drakensberg" should not bother to apply. And the phony black accent is insulting. Really insulting. Didn't they learn anything by reading the book?
I was totally engrossed by the story, I loved the veridic voice and accent and I totally recommend this book to anyone as a story of South Africa and Nelson Mandela's.
Say something about yourself!
I've read the book several times but that did not take away from my enjoyment of hearing Madiba's story again! So inspirational!
"Great Work ( Biography); Challenges With Reading"
I haven't read the print version. One of the reasons I decide to listen instead of read is because of the length of the work.
The detail, vulnerability, humility and honesty of Mandela. It wasn't dispensing facts but felt like we were walking the journey with Madiba. It is not only informative but also inspiring and engaging.
I don't know many other narrators by name. However, I would've cast someone who could pronounce the names of people and places the way they should be. Michael Boatman is a great reader but failed dismally to pronounce most names and places of people. While this might not seem a big deal, it makes it difficult to follow through and further look up some of these people and places. The failure to pronounce names is almost offensive, especially when you consider the length of the reading. For someone who has some familiarity of names and how they should be said, it is a huge let down.
The length definitely restricts one from reading it in one sitting. But yes, I delayed my sleep time by a couple of hours on many nights because I couldn't stop listening. Captivating!
Great biography. The reader almost ruined it with failure to say names of people and places the way they should be.
I'm glad I listened; highly recommended.
Inspirational, inspirational, inspirational.
Everything about Nelson Mandela makes you want to be a better person.
I am also under the impression that Nelson Mandela spoke with Boatman's voice, that's how impressive this was.
Both, all the time.
"A disservice to a superb book"
The narration was absolutely appalling. A terrible almost condecending attempt at a South African accent.
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