Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales by Nelson Mandela audiobook

Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales

Edited by Nelson Mandela
Music by Johnny Clegg and Vusi Mahlasela
Read by Scarlett Johansson , Forest Whitaker , and others

Hachette Book Group

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781609410438

Runtime: 3.71 Hours
Category: Fiction
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Winner of the Audie Award in 2010 for Audiobook of the Year

Winner of the Audie® Award in 2010 for Best Multi-Voiced Performance

Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales is a landmark work that gathers in one volume many of Africa’s most cherished folktales. Mandela, a Nobel Laureate for Peace, has selected these thirty-two tales with the specific hope that Africa’s oldest stories, as well as a few new ones, be perpetuated by future generations and be appreciated by people throughout the world.

Winner of the prestigious Audie Award for 2010 Best Audiobook of the Year, this audiobook is performed by a diverse group of acclaimed actors and others who donated their time and talents to help South African children orphaned and impacted by HIV/AIDS.

Along with a stellar list of celebrity readers, this recording includes a special message from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, music by Johnny Clegg and Vusi Mahlasela, and creative direction by Alfre Woodard.

The stories include classic morality tales, creation myths, and more, tales that are light and wondrous enough for children while being deep enough for adults. Translated chiefly in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries into English and other European languages from their original languages—be they Karanga, Nguni, Xhosa, or others—these folktales are a testament to the craft of storytelling and the power of myth.

Narrators include Gillian Anderson, Benjamin Bratt, LeVar Burton, Ricardo Chavira, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hayes, Hugh Jackman, Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Debra Messing, Helen Mirren, Parminder Nagra, Sophie Okonedo, CCH Pounder, Alan Rickman, Jurnee Smollett, Charlize Theron, Blair Underwood, Forest Whitaker, and Alfre Woodard.

The actors, creative director, engineers, graphic designers, attorneys, and recording studios fully donated their services, as did three-time Grammy winner Gavin Lurssen, who mastered the audiobook. Proceeds benefit both the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, a South African organization founded in 1995, and ANSA, which works in the United States and South Africa to combat HIV/AIDS.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“What a special collection of preserved and retold folklore, creation stories, and fables from Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and all over the African continent! Some of the stories lend themselves better to a more dynamic reading, and those are the most successful ones in this format…As a whole, the collection is funny and magical, enhanced by wonderful music from Johnny Clegg and Vusi Mahlasela…That this is a benefit production makes it even more special—bravo.” AudioFile
”From desert to jungle to veld and misty mountain, the African landscape plays a vital role in each of these thirty-two lively folktales, retold here with the rhythm and immediacy of the oral tradition...A brief note at the beginning of each story discusses its folklore motifs and probably origin.” Booklist
“A patchwork of legends drawn from all over the African continent, from Morocco to Kenya to Swaziland…The colorful birds, giant elephants and mischievous children populating the volume teach sometimes cryptic lessons about obedience, perseverance, cooperation, and the simple strangeness of life…The dream-like, unpredictable symbology and sometimes cruel morality of myths resonate, and, in Mandela’s words, the ‘gritty essence of Africa’ shines through in stories with universal themes.” Publishers Weekly 
“This is a rich collection that would provide depth and breadth to any classroom study.” School Library Journal
“At last we have a wonderful book that introduces children and adults alike to the magical world of African fairy tales and creation myths...A treasure for everyone in the family.” Bill Cosby

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Library CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 3.71
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English