Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales – It’s What We’re Reading

January 2011

A monthly offering from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read.

Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales

For this audiobook collection, Nelson Mandella personally selected each of these 32 timeless tales for inclusion, and in the foreward for the folktales wrote, “It is my wish that the voice of the storyteller may never die in Africa, that all the children of the world may experience the wonder of books.”

The stories are varied in tone and topic and represent every region of Africa. Some tales are reminiscent of familiar American fokltales, others totally fresh and interesting. But one of the most entertaining aspects of ‘listening’ to this book is the fact that the tales are presented by a wide array of celebrity readers including Benjamin Bratt, Whoopi Goldberg, Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Forest Whitaker, to name but a few.  It was great fun trying to recognize each reader as they presented their tale.

This audiobook is held in the Library’s audiobook collection on the 1st floor.