Long Walk to Freedom, Vol. 1

  • by Nelson Mandela
  • Narrated by Michael Boatman, Kofi Annan
  • 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Dreadful Narrator, Great History

The publishers can now rename themselves as Hatchet audio for the singularly dreadful choice of narrator. While he does a better job than Danny Glover, it is only marginally better. I simply cannot fathom why the publishers couldn't have found a South African narrator to do the reading. There are plenty of good ones.

Any narrator who reads a South African novel and cannot manage simple words like "veld" and "Drakensberg" should not bother to apply. And the phony black accent is insulting. Really insulting. Didn't they learn anything by reading the book?
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- Donn Edwards

A true Saint

I was not only amazed by the journey, but also the strength, courage and tenacity shown by a true Saint.

Of course to regular politicians his goals and desires must have felt so awkward !!

And of those that labelled him a terrorist and then later embraced him. Shame on Margaret Thatcher who not only called him a terrorist but went to lengths to support big business in South Africa, not least Barclays Bank...
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- Monica

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-07-2013
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK