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  • Long Walk to Freedom, Vol. 1

  • 1918-1962
  • By: Nelson Mandela
  • Narrated by: Michael Boatman, Kofi Annan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful Narrator, Great History

  • By Donn Edwards on 10-12-13

Oh dear!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-17

Audible should hang their heads in shame about this audio. Using Boatman to narrate the autobiography of one of the world's most respected political leaders, who is also black, is surely akin to using white actors to play black people in theatre. Addiing insult to the injury, Boatman has made little effort to discover how to pronounce isiXhosa words and mangles a large part of the text by pronouncing many, many words incorrectly. My ears have been assaulted. Audible has a responsibility to respect the integrity of its authors. This audio is a disgrace

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • When Breath Becomes Air

  • By: Paul Kalanithi
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968

The New York Times number-one best seller. At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply touching & a story of bravery

  • By Angie on 25-03-16

a must-read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-17

a must-read. did a lot of crying at the end but has strong positive message for the living and facing the inevitability of death for all of us

  • The Shepherd's Life

  • By: James Rebanks
  • Narrated by: Bryan Dick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393

These modern dispatches from an ancient landscape tell the story of a deep-rooted attachment to place, describing a way of life that is little noticed and yet has profoundly shaped this landscape. In evocative and lucid prose, James Rebanks takes us through a shepherd's year, offering a unique account of rural life and a fundamental connection with the land that most of us have lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Mad Jeff on 25-09-15

all about sheep

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-15

Would you try another book written by James Rebanks or narrated by Bryan Dick?

Good narrator. I might try another book by James Rebanks - would depend what it was about

What does Bryan Dick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

It was nice to hear this story read in an accent that sounded authetically northern england, if rather a posh one!

Any additional comments?

while this book was probably more about sheep than I ever thought I'd want to know and sometimes the story line got a bit repetitive, I did love hearing all about the life of a farm in the Lake District. The history and the author's love of nature, his farm and, yes, his sheep were heartwarming and affirming in a way that one doesn't often experience in the 21st century

4 of 5 people found this review helpful