Burger's Daughter

  • by Nadine Gordimer
  • Narrated by Nadia May
  • 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is the moving story of the unforgettable Rosa Burger, a young woman from South Africa cast in the mold of a revolutionary tradition. Rosa tries to uphold her heritage handed on by martyred parents while still carving out a sense of self. Although it is wholly of today, Burger's Daughter can be compared to those 19th century Russian classics that make a certain time and place come alive, and yet stand as universal celebrations of the human spirit. Nadine Gordimer, winner of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature, was born and lives in South Africa.

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What the Critics Say

"Faultness novelistic art...only equaled in our time by such masters as Graham Greene and V.S. Naipual." (Francine du Plessix Gray)

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Boring, clueless pronunciation, but prose is Nobel

What would have made Burger's Daughter better?

It's no longer a sound quality issue. It's entirely a narrator issue. The book is incredibly tiresome but as one reviewer put it, it is certainly "novelistically faultless." The historical part was at times interesting, but boy do you have to slog through endless descriptions of flowers, doors, and digressions that do nothing but bore.


What didn’t you like about Nadia May’s performance?

I'm South African and I can confirm that she didn't check ANY pronunciations. Her Afrikaans, Xhosa, even Portuguese (Samora Machel, pronounced Mackell) were all wrong. I can almost not think of a single word she got right: rondavel, Motlanthe, Mbeki, Knysna, Cloete, you name it. Absolutely unforgivable. If you have to have a non-South African narrator (and I don't see why you'd have to) narrate one SA's finest writers then at very least check pronunciations. Her SA accent is pretty terrible too, but non-SA listeners may not be as bothered. I've listened to May narrate Origins of Totalitarianism and she's a good narrator. Not sure why she's debased herself in this way.


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-02-1999
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.