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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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A treasure to hear again and again to slowly comprehend the immensity of all Nelson Mandela did and how he went about it, relentlessly, with huge vision, as a team member and leader, heart and brain and a lovable sense of humor. Great reading voice with right pronounciation and tone powerful and expressive along with the content.
The narrator's pronouncation of Xhosa names and words is horrendous. He doesn't even pronounce "Xhosa" correctly. I fail to understand they didn't recruit a South African to narrate this book.
What did you love best about Long Walk to Freedom, Vol. 2?
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.
What did you like best about this story?
The detail, vulnerability, humility and honesty of Mandela. It wasn't dispensing facts but felt like we were walking the journey with Madiba. It is not only informative but also inspiring and engaging.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Boatman and Kofi Annan ?
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.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
The length definitely restricts one from reading it in one sitting. But yes, I delayed my sleep time by a couple of hours on many nights because I couldn't stop listening. Captivating!
Any additional comments?
Great biography. The reader almost ruined it with failure to say names of people and places the way they should be.
I'm glad I listened; highly recommended.