Conversations with Myself

  • by Nelson Mandela
  • Narrated by John Kani
  • 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Nelson Mandela is widely considered to be one of the most inspiring and iconic figures of our age. Now, after a lifetime of taking pen to paper to record thoughts and events, hardships and victories, he has bestowed his entire extant personal papers which offer an unprecedented insight into his remarkable life. A singular international publishing event, Conversations with Myself draws on Mandela’s personal archive of never-before-seen materials to offer unique access to the private world of an incomparable world leader. Journals kept on the run during the anti-apartheid struggle of the early 1960s; diaries and draft letters written in Robben Island and other South African prisons during his 27 years of incarceration; notebooks from the post-apartheid transition; private recorded conversations; speeches and correspondence written during his presidency - a historic collection of documents archived at the Nelson Mandela Foundation is brought together into a sweeping narrative of great immediacy and stunning power. An intimate journey from Mandela’s first stirrings of political consciousness to his galvanizing role on the world stage, Conversations with Myself illuminates a heroic life forged on the front lines of the struggle for freedom and justice. While other books have recounted Mandela’s life from the vantage of the present, Conversations with Myself allows for the first time unhindered insight into the human side of the icon.

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Warm Thoughts, Insight and Wisdom

I have read nothing by or about Nelson Mandela and picked up this book to learn something new. I have been greatly rewarded by listening to "Conversations with Myself". Conversations allows the reader/listenr to sit with the "elder" of the tribe and learn. It has been a enriching experience because of its content. It contains portions of diaries, notebooks, and other documents accumulated by Mr. Mandela while imprisoned for 27 years. It takes a while to get used to the disjointed narrative, but each tangent brings laughter, tears, understanding and wisdom. This is an amazing man. It takes a few minutes to become accustomed to the rythm and accent of John Kani, but his reading becomes a welcome addition to the prose. Stay with him a few minutes. If I may say, the book has been a blessing.
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- Roy

Barely understandable, strangely structured

I am just over a hour into the book. I have not figured out a structure to the book yet. There seem to be all kinds of random quotes from other books and I really have no idea how this is supposed to be structured. I have friends that have loved the print version, but stay away from the audio version. The accent of the narrator makes him very difficult to understand, but more important is the structure of the book. Based on some reviews from Amazon it is mostly segments from biographical writings and interviews but in audio format there is not enough structure to give definition to know what is going on
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- Adam

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-11-2010
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio