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.
"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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Awesome content, AWEFUL AWEFUL reader
The story of Long Walk to Freedom, as a view of the growth of South African politics from the eyes of Nelson Mandela, is timeless. As a South African, it is absolutely crucial to know and understand how we came to be the way we are, and the individuals (although the roles of all the them were not detailed in this book - not enough space!) that were instrument to the changes.
A particular image of the political prisoners on Robben Island cooking mussels, abalone, and crawfish on the beach while doing "hard labour" :)
The pronunciation of the Afrikaans and African words and names were HORRENDOUS. Why was a South African not employed to read this text? Just because you got a black guy to read a book written by a black man doesn't mean that he'll get the words right!! If this book teaches one ANYTHING, it's that the colour of your skin says NOTHING about you. Micheal Boatmen may be black, but he is NOT South African, and he says the words "veld", "rondavel", "knopkirrie", "Xhosa" and numerous others COMPLETELY wrong. His pronunciation of "Ag,", "Groote Schuur", and the names like "Mr Willemse", "Johan Strijdom", "Mr Viljoen", "Mr Botha".... it was AGONISING listening to Michael tear apart the commonly heard South Africa sounds so thoroughly. This isn't just a text on South African politics, it reflects on South African culture in more ways than one. It is tantamount that a narrator gets things as basic as pronunciation correct! I hear at the end that there was a "language consultant" that was employed. CLEARLY that person was NOT qualified in ANY way for this job! Ask ANY South African how to pronounce these words, and most would do it for FREE!!!
If you don't know what these words are meant to sound like, ignore all this, it's a GREAT book. If you're from SA and have the time to read the book, save yourself the aural agony.
The content made me laugh, cry, and giggle in relation to Madiba. It's a great text, and although it's quite biased to his point of view, it IS an autobiography.
The narration made me cringe and wished that I'd bought the ebook and read it instead... at least my brain would have pronounced the words correctly.
Just to re-iterate that you should have gotten a South African and NOT and American to read this particular book out loud... Michael Boatman puts on an "African" accent, but the words that Really needed the "African" touch were failed abysmally.
This is also more of a Biography than an Autobiography, since Madiba didn't really have the time to write this text. Richard Stengel did a phenomenal job though, and of course it'll sell better as "written by Nelson Mandela", than Stengel.
- Kindle Customer
Great Work ( Biography); Challenges With Reading
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.
Understanding some of the things that shaped Mandela from childhood to youth.
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.
Tough question. The entire work is moving.
Great biography. The reader almost ruined it with failure to say names of people and places the way they should be.
- Blessing Mpofu