Fesito Goes to Market

  • by Nelson Mandela (editor)
  • Narrated by Don Cheadle
  • 0 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales is an audiobook benefiting children orphaned and impacted by HIV/AIDS in South Africa, featuring Gillian Anderson, Benjamin Bratt, LeVar Burton, Ricardo Chavira, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hayes, Hugh Jackman, Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Debra Messing, Helen Mirren, Parminder Nagra, Sophie Okonedo, CCH Pounder, Alan Rickman, Jurnee Smollett, Charlize Theron, Blair Underwood, Forest Whitaker, and Alfre Woodard, with a special message from Archbishop Desmond Tutu and original music by South African legends by Johnny Clegg and Vusi Mahlasela, directed by Alfre Woodard. The audiobook was a truly international affair, recorded in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, London, and Johannesburg. The stories were chosen by the Nobel Laureate himself, from every region of Africa.

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Most Helpful

Don is great, sound effects, the whole bit

Where does Fesito Goes to Market rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my fave kids ones


What did you like best about this story?

It is a really heartwarming tale, but Don Cheadle really makes it. He surprised me, it really sounds like he put a lot of effort into this.


Which scene was your favorite?

the bike ride :D


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

No, but I did giggle a little.


Any additional comments?

I'll be downloading another Don Cheadle read tale if I can find one.

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- Vicki

One Good Turn Yields Unexpected Consequences

I made the mistake of listening to Alan Rickman read another Nelson Mandela favorite African Folktales selection, "The Ring of the King," first, so this story was a letdown in both narration and plot. But it might have been just a B-minus plot with B-minus narration even if I had never heard the Rickman. We'll never know for sure now. What I can tell you is that the story is basically forgettable, with a moral (Do well unto others, because they may in turn do well by you when YOU need help) that is somewhat undermined by dubious "hero" Fesito's snotty, self-aggrandizing attitude (he helps a seriously ill child, Kyoko, but he does so very, very begrudgingly, and is not appropriately humbled when Kyoko later saves him in return, instead being prideful that he succeed in overcoming his enemies and reaching market safely, with all his wares intact). As for the narration, I don't think Cheadle gives it his all, and when he does try, it comes off as weird variations in vocal volume that force the listener to quickly adjust the volume up or down.

Still, this short story held my attention sufficiently to make me want to listen until the end to see what happened. Also, there's African folk music!! Grade: B.
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- Gretchen SLP

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2009
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio