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What would have made Good Morning, Mr. Mandela better?
The narration is execrable, hence 2 stars overall. If the narration was passably acceptable it would get 5 stars.
What other book might you compare Good Morning, Mr. Mandela to and why?
Christo Brand, Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend. Also a memoir of a person close to Madiba over many years, this time during his incarceration. It is also comparable as the "narration" is similarly execrable.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
She is TOO AWFUL FOR WORDS! A disgraceful mockery/caricature of a so-called "South African" accent
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The content is excellent
Any additional comments?
Oh why, oh why do publishers of South African audiobooks insist on using narrators that are downright embarrassing, if not insulting. The pseudo-South African accent is execrable and this completely ruins the experience and the book. I am not sure if the narrator (other than the portions by Zelda herself) is deliberately caricaturing the accent and taking the mickey out of South Africans or if she is just plain awful. The audiobook of Christo Brand's memoirs (Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend) was also ruined by execrable narration in the form of the most awful attempt at a South African accent. I, personally, as a South African regard the narration of both books as a downright insult because they are embarrassingly bad, reminiscent of ghastly Hollywood attempts at a South African accent for its "baddies", following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the replacement of them as traditional baddies with South Africans (South Africa at the time being a pariah state because of Apartheid). I would urge audiobooks to redo the books because, sad to say, the present audio is too ghastly for words.
If you cannot find a South African to narrate the book, I'll do it for free as a public service to listeners, who ought to be spared the torture of listening to the farcical attempt to mimic a South African accent. I know of no English speaking South African, who remotely sounds or speaks like the narrator.
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Would you try another book from Zelda la Grange and/or Adjoa Andoh and Zelda la Grange ?
Zelda la Grange wrote a great book. The narration however, is an insult to all South Africans!
What did you like best about this story?
What didn’t you like about Adjoa Andoh and Zelda la Grange ’s performance?
Adjoa Andoh tries to mimic a South African accent and fails dismally. What a pity that a great story is diminished by terrible narration.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Any additional comments?
Please record again using a different narrator.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful