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M.K Gandhi revolutionized the Indian independence struggle, but this book is more about what made his principles and personal beliefs. Most of the book is about his struggles as a kid and his profession as a lawyer. The three quarter of the book is about his journey back and forth to South Africa and his struggle to get rights and fight against inequality for Indians in South Africa. Indian independence is just the last 5 hours or so of the book. The most striking thing which I ever knew about Gandhi was his personal life and his diet which is very well described in the book.
Finally a word for the narrator. I wish the narrator had a better control over the hindi names and words. He would pronounce certain words and I would think for few minutes until I made the link with what actually he meant. He would pronounce 'mussalman' (people who follow Islam) as musclemen, which would sound ridiculous in the context.
Overall a must read for anyone who is interested in world politics and history. A great political and historical figure who has inspired many freedom fighters and an epitome of humility.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
It would be hard to exaggerate how disappointed I am in this audio. Bill Wallace's voice, diction, and pacing - while probably excellent for many other narrations - take my mind so far away from Gandhi's words that I feel like I'm listening to the reading of a cookbook. I've tried to make myself relax and listen "past" his voice. I've been so eager to enjoy it: I thought I'd be able to get used to the narration. However, it's so disconnected from the subject of the reading that I can't get past it.
I'm glad others have been able to enjoy what I'm sure is an amazing book. My best advice is to make sure you listen to the sample. I obviously got so excited about the book that I forgot to sample it, and thus I set myself up for disappointment.
Maybe I was hoping to hear Ben Kingsley. :)
17 of 18 people found this review helpful
This long audiobook of the life of Ghandi, read by Bill Wallace, is a riveting account of one man's struggle against colonial rule. The reading is at first a little odd, with Ghandi's voice given an American accent. However, Wallace's interpretation, with very careful enunciation of the more challenging Indian surnames, becomes a very good way to access the great man. I was fascinated by Ghandi's determination to get a British education, after having been married at the age of 13, and had children as a teenager. Having become a British trained barrister, and fended off the attempts to pair him off with English women (he hadn't shared the information that he was already married), leaving his wife and family for several years, he travelled between India and South Africa, sometimes with and sometimes without the family, to champion the lot of the Indians in South Africa, himself suffering from the racism there, before working tirelessly in India to grow the Congress Party and fight (non-violently of course) for Indian independence from British colonial rule. Explanation of the vows of "brahmacharya" (restraint in sexual, dietary and other areas) and the principle of non-cooperation to achieve political ends non-violently is extremely interesting, as is his relationship with his wife, Kasturba, and his children, who were forced to follow his vegetarian practices, even to the point of refusing life-saving medicines, which, in his wife's case, she did professing (according to Ghandi) complete agreement with his principles.
The book is extremely well written and read, and rates as one of the most accessible and interesting accounts of the life of a great human being.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
A great story about one mans spiritual journeyand his personal growth as he encounters his Indian roots, colonial racism and subjugation and his own sexuality.Very annoying American accent diminishes a wonderful book.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
It would be more apt if the narrator is familiar with indian names and pronunciations. Overall it would also enhance the audio experience if the narrator had an Indian accent.
But still a good listen .
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Pronunciation of Indian cities and language is awful, good book and storyline but robbed of authenticity by a very out of depth narrator.