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Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

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3 Sep 2009

Nelson Mandela, the Nobel Laureate for Peace, gathers Africa's most cherished folktales, with the specific hope that Africa's oldest stories, as well as a few new ones, will be perpetuated by future generations and be appreciated by children throughout the world.

Through this project, these tales that have been handed down by Africans from generation to generation are returned to their original oral form in new readings by an international cast of celebrities, such as: Nobel laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Whoopi Goldberg, Alan Rickman and Samuel L. Jackson.

Some are as old as African civilization itself, including tales from the San and Khoi, the original hunter-gatherers and livestock herders of southern Africa. Translated into English and other European languages chiefly in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries from their original languages, these folktales are a testament to the craft of storytelling and the power of myth.

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  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio; Unabridged edition (3 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600246664
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600246661
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 13.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""A wonderful book that introduces children and adults alike to the magical world of African fairytales and creation myths...a treasure for everyone in the family." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Nelson Mandela became the democratically elected, first black president of the republic of South Africa on 27 April 1994. He died on 5 December 2013.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice compilation 10 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My daughter was initially very sceptical about this cd and wouldn't listen to it but when I eventually got her to actually listen she was hooked and it has become a firm favourite. It is a mix of stories and music. The stories are all read by celebrities. I personally don't think its as engrossing as other folk tale cds we have, some of the celebrities' readings of the stories is a bit flat, but generally its good and long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great audio production 20 April 2012
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this is the 3 CD unabridged audio book, the audio production and interpretation skills are excellent - the audio is more perfect than the version of the 'conversations with myself' audio book.
my only criticism is in the volumes:
sometimes the volume of the reading voices are too low sometimes too high - you adjust it to one volume and then it's either too low or too high. the volume of some songs is too loud and again I found myself turning the volume down and then I had to put it up again to hear the continuation of the tale being told or the next story!
the third CD also contains all the songs featured in the previously read tales and I wish that it also contained the whole English translation of all the songs, some of the stories are really beautiful even though we cannot see a moral lesson in all of them.
I wish that even here in the UK people had or would learn from these tales in terms of courage, substance, kindness and foresight to go beyond the appearance - for example the story of the young man who eventually falls in love with the girl who had a spell cast on her and because of this she was dumb...
this is one of the best audio books I have ever read - highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful 9 Jan 2014
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Beautiful book. Beautiful gift and in own shelf. This book is a great memory of Nelson Mandela for all children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This cd silenced the grandkids 7 Oct 2013
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I was looking after my grandkids while mum was in hospital and I put this cd on in the car one day when they were bickering in the back; there was instant silence as they listened with all their attention. Brilliant.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2010 winner of audiobook of the year! 30 Jun 2009
By S. R. Gelman - Published on Amazon.com
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This audiobook was awarded the 2010 Audies for Audiobook of the Year and Best Multi-Voiced Audiobook. It was nominated for a Grammy, received a number of other accolades and awards.

The story readings on this audiobook are wonderful for children of all ages and adults as well, and your purchase supports children in South Africa orphaned by AIDS.

The readings are done by numerous remarkable actors including Gillian Anderson, Benjamin Bratt, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hayes, Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, 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 message from Desmond Tutu and music by African legends Johnny Clegg and Vusi Mahlasela.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous.... 18 Feb 2006
By Jenni - Published on Amazon.com
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These stories are delightful, the illustrations are superb...I bought a copy for my grand-daughter, and was so enthralled that I ordered a second copy for me!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Lovely 6 Aug 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The stories are rich and full of life. Storytelling lives on...thank you!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Audio for a Wonderful cause 13 Sep 2009
By Bingo-Karen Haney - Published on Amazon.com
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Nelson Mandela put together this amazing group of celebrities to read and help tell his favorite African Folktales with proceeds going to help AIDS/HIV children in South Africa. That makes it good enough for me. But add to that the fact that the folk tales are charming and so well presented, and you give a gift as much as you get a gift. Well worth it. I also gave it as gifts.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great buy! 8 Jun 2007
By L. Walker - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book for my newborn and I recommend it for children of all ages. The stories are great tales to share with your family. They are even entertaining for adults. I highly recommend this book.
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