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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (574 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nelson Mandela Narrator: John Kani Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN:
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Nelson Mandela is widely considered to be one of the most inspiring and iconic figures of our age. Now, after a lifetime of taking pen to paper to record thoughts and events, hardships and victories, he has bestowed his entire extant personal papers which offer an unprecedented insight into his remarkable life. A singular international publishing event, Conversations with Myself draws on Mandela's personal archive of never-before-seen materials to offer unique access to the private world of an incomparable world leader. Journals kept on the run during the anti-apartheid struggle of the early 1960s; diaries and draft letters written in Robben Island and other South African prisons during his 27 years of incarceration; notebooks from the post-apartheid transition; private recorded conversations; speeches and correspondence written during his presidency - a historic collection of documents archived at the Nelson Mandela Foundation is brought together into a sweeping narrative of great immediacy and stunning power. An intimate journey from Mandela's first stirrings of political consciousness to his galvanizing role on the world stage, Conversations with Myself illuminates a heroic life forged on the front lines of the struggle for freedom and justice. While other books have recounted Mandela's life from the vantage of the present, Conversations with Myself allows for the first time unhindered insight into the human side of the icon.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sergio Venicius | 2/12/2014

    " Lots of lessons about leadership and self knowledge. Excelent book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie | 2/11/2014

    " I enjoyed reading Mandela's own words and thoughts on the events of his life. I have always admired him and I really enjoyed this book. It certainly helps in reading this if you have some knowledge of the chronology of his life going in - this is a collection of his writings, so not much background or chronology is provided. Still, it was really interesting reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie Hill Alexander | 2/2/2014

    " I was excited when my book club chose this as a 2011 book read. However, it was worse than having a tooth pulled without pain killers when you're afraid of the dentist. I spent a month trying to read the book and couldn't finish a letter per day; my focus was all over the place trying to keep up with all the names. I couldn't get into the many letters that didn't really follow a logical order or that gave me a summary before the actual letter. I could have read the summary and been ok. His life and what he accomplished would have kept me more interested than the rambling style that was presented in the book. This is just my opinion but I hated that I didn't enjoy such an important piece by such an extraordinary man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 2/1/2014

    " I agree with a previous review of this book, in that it might be helpful to read his autobiography before reading this book. What an inspirational person whose goal/mission for everyone in South Africa was equal rights and treatment. Many of todays politicans could learn a few things from him in terms of how to get along with others who may not share the same opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/24/2014

    " It gives insight into Nelson Mandela. It has been marketed as "popular" and for everyone but I think it will appeal to a certain people/groups of people. I enjoyed it but would not be recommending it to many people unless they are intrigued by Nelson Mandela and are into this type of "collection" autobiography (letters, quotes, perceptions, etc.). It is snapshots into Mandela's mind and life and it is not an in-depth narrative (auto)biographical reflection of his entire life. I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mlg | 1/20/2014

    " I think it would be helpful to have read Mandela's autobiography Long Walk to Freedom, before reading this book. It is a little disjointed, shifting from little snippets of his words in letters, interviews, etc. He still emerges as a fascinating individual who had a horrific struggle while imprisoned. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 1/20/2014

    " I'll pick this back up again someday, but I had to give up after it totally failed to catch my interest. Does that make me the jerk? yes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 1/4/2014

    " Wish it went more into his relationship with Winnie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loretta | 12/10/2013

    " how humbling... passionate and real, this compilation of letters, transcripts and memories of conversations that Nelson Mandela has had through-out his life is inspiring regardless of the tribulations he endured. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 12/7/2013

    " Don't get me wrong with this review -- it's a powerful, well written, beautiful book. It's just not the right time for me to read it right now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi | 12/1/2013

    " The intimacy that this book exudes, especially by the mere fact that it is in relation to a great man, makes it all the more a good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Antonio | 10/18/2013

    " This book truly shows a side of Mandela's humanity. By humanity I mean it shows his flaws, this makes you respect him more than before, he's just another simple human being who values simple things like the development of one's spiritual life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dominique | 9/16/2013

    " I did enjoy this book but I had a really hard time following it for 2 reasons. I found the narrators African accent painful at times to listen to (I have M.E.) and at other times I got lost as to what was transpiring. But it was a nice insight into Mandel and how he came into who he is today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luke Terry | 8/5/2013

    " I don't know a ton about him and this book is less biographical and more snippets of interviews on his life views and various memories "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erik Kershner | 5/14/2013

    " What I'm sure is a biographer's dream, is also a stack of semi-related, well-written, but wholly inaccessible to the general reader. Perhaps I'll return to these conversations after reading Long Walk to Freedom. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen | 8/13/2012

    " I listened to this one, as an audiobook, the narrator selection ruined it for me. It could have been much more enjoyable with another narrator. I will try his other memoir instead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ironflower | 8/12/2012

    " Anything by Mandela is just fantastic! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andre Hoffmann | 12/6/2011

    " deep insights into the mind of a ledgend in our own lifetime "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 6/8/2011

    " The man himself makes history. Great leader. This book spell all the greatness in him, in this tells not his full life but yet an interesting read,telling bit and pieces as he shared his conversations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 4/20/2011

    " I'll pick this back up again someday, but I had to give up after it totally failed to catch my interest. Does that make me the jerk? yes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rutger-Jan | 2/19/2011

    " I see why many people who are not familiar with his life find this such a disjointed book. But if you have read the various biographies, it is an interesting read, although it becomes very clear he did not really contribute to the publication. Others have put the snippets together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomass | 2/15/2011

    " It's a great book as a supplemental read, on a more personal level, but not as a definitive, detailed look at the man and his accomplishments/philosophies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 2/5/2011

    " fascinating. However, it would be difficult to appreciate this book if you didn't already know a fair amount about South African history or Mandela himself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 1/19/2011

    " a great person!
    a book about a great person!
    I loved reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 1/18/2011

    " The man himself makes history. Great leader. This book spell all the greatness in him, in this tells not his full life but yet an interesting read,telling bit and pieces as he shared his conversations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danica | 1/3/2011

    " A thoughtful read...not one that a lot of people would like. But one that I really enjoyed.

    It's interesting to learn more about the man behind the legend.

    A great book--definitely not one to rush through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erik | 12/8/2010

    " What I'm sure is a biographer's dream, is also a stack of semi-related, well-written, but wholly inaccessible to the general reader. Perhaps I'll return to these conversations after reading Long Walk to Freedom. "

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About the Author
Author Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela won the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. He was inaugurated in 1994 and became the first freely-elected President of South Africa.