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Long Walk to Freedom, Vol. 2

1962-1994
Narrated by: Michael Boatman, Kofi Annan
Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
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Summary

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

Critic reviews

"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)

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Insulting Phoney Accent, Great History

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?

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Absolutely amazing

The detail that's conveyed in the book really paints a picture of the struggles Africans went through and in some ways are still going through in Africa. Mandela's reaction to everything that transpired though is truly remarkable, an example for all to learn from.

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exemplary

A treasure to hear again and again to slowly comprehend the immensity of all Nelson Mandela did and how he went about it, relentlessly, with huge vision, as a team member and leader, heart and brain and a lovable sense of humor. Great reading voice with right pronounciation and tone powerful and expressive along with the content.

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Simply great and inspirational.

An example for all humanity. Very good insight into Mr Mandela's past before getting involved in politics.

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A true hero

His legacy will live through the generations. A man who experienced the true meaning of racism and still had it in his heart to forgive. I couldn't recommend this book highly enough. An emotional rollercoaster with so many thought provoking and heart wrenching parts.

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it was an excellent read

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.

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Madiba's life speaks volumes!

What did you like most about Long Walk to Freedom, Vol. 2?

I've read the book several times but that did not take away from my enjoyment of hearing Madiba's story again! So inspirational!

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Simply Inspirational.

What an amazing story, beautifully told. Madiba is so full of love and forgiving whilst spending a lifetime trying to right the wrongs of apartide.

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  • WOKINGHAM, Berks
  • 17-04-15

Loved it .


A modern historical transcript, it should be required reading at all schools.

Well read and published

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-07-19

Narrator's accents.

l really enjoyed listening to the book and was very impressed with the narrator's skills in reading Mandela's words with emphasis and feeling. Without actually imitating Mandela's distinctive speech patterns the narrator nevertheless evoked the way Mandela spoke. I was VERY disappointed with the pronouncoation of the Afrikaans, and sometimes even the English, names for people and places. I'm an English speaking SA and could tell great care had been taken over the pronunciation of African names and places, but felt that the narrator should have been better instructed on the Afrikaans words. Other than that one small irritation it is a superb book, very well read and I really enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-08-18

Loved it!

What a book...... Extremely extremely insightful! Enjoyed the experience . . . . . !

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  • bungee_jumper
  • 05-04-17

Terrible pronouncation of Xhosa words

The narrator's pronouncation of Xhosa names and words is horrendous. He doesn't even pronounce "Xhosa" correctly. I fail to understand they didn't recruit a South African to narrate this book.

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  • Blessing Mpofu
  • 09-01-17

Great Work ( Biography); Challenges With Reading

What did you love best about Long Walk to Freedom, Vol. 2?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Boatman and Kofi Annan ?

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.

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

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!

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • cg
  • 14-03-15

Great!

If you could sum up Long Walk to Freedom, Vol. 2 in three words, what would they be?

Inspirational, inspirational, inspirational.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything about Nelson Mandela makes you want to be a better person.

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

I am also under the impression that Nelson Mandela spoke with Boatman's voice, that's how impressive this was.

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

Both, all the time.

Any additional comments?

Loved it!

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  • Colin
  • 10-09-14

A disservice to a superb book

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration was absolutely appalling. A terrible almost condecending attempt at a South African accent.