adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B0821SC3ZP
adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B0821SC3ZP

Try our newest plan – unlimited listening to select audiobooks, Audible Originals, and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
$7.95 a month after 30 day trial. Upgrade or cancel anytime.
Buy for $4.03

Buy for $4.03

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

About the Creator and Performer

Tonderai Munyevu is an actor, writer, and director for stage, screen, and radio. Amongst his many critically acclaimed performances as an actor are Two Gentlemen of Verona or Vakomana vaviri veZimbabwe (Two Gents/Shakespeare’s Globe), Sizwe Banzi Is Dead at the Young Vic (and tour), Black Men Walking at the Royal Court (and tour), and his role as Peter in the film Something Nice From London (Latimer Films). He is the co-artistic director of Two Gents Productions. His writing includes Mugabe, My Dad and Me (York Theatre Royal/ETT), The Moors (Tara Arts Theatre/Two Gents Productions), Harare Files, How 700,000 People Lost Their Homes (written with Sarah Norman), Zhe [noun] Undefined (written with Antonia Kemi Coker and Chuck Mike), the short radio play A Tranquil Mind (BBC Radio 4), and various works of prose including The Visiting Hours, A Dispatch From Zimbabwe (Johannesburg Book of Reviews), Bullets (Team Angelica), and On James Baldwin (Queer Bible). He has been shortlisted for The Alfred Fagon Award 2019, is part of the Hightide Writers Group, and has received The Peggy Ramsay Foundation Grant for his latest play Black Farce.

What listeners say about Mugabe, My Dad & Me

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    232
  • 4 Stars
    118
  • 3 Stars
    74
  • 2 Stars
    27
  • 1 Stars
    25
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    290
  • 4 Stars
    76
  • 3 Stars
    43
  • 2 Stars
    10
  • 1 Stars
    11
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    210
  • 4 Stars
    98
  • 3 Stars
    67
  • 2 Stars
    30
  • 1 Stars
    22

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • MT
  • 02-21-21

There is more to say

I could have given this story 5 stars had it not been for the the explicit language and direct sexual content.
It detracted from the story. The explicit language, I believe, has unfortunately excluded a wider cross-section of society from accessing this art and therefore renders this story as one that chiefly "preaches to the choir" of sympathetic white or white-adjacent folks.

I believed that the exercise of unpacking the complexity of this exploration of the narrative of a Black man, "born-free" in a land of one of the world's greatest ancient civilizations, gay, living in the land of the colonizer that tried to erase any evidence of that ancient majesty and sophistication, grappling with the memories of the trauma passed on from father and dictator is an exercise that should be made accessible to as many as possible. This being especially key for those young, passionate, and convinced of the necessity of the two-fold moral purpose of transforming themselves and society for the better.

To remedy this, Audible could consult with the author to produce a "clean" version which can be shared more broadly and used to facilitate a sweeping social dialogue which could evoke action towards meaningful change.

Separately, the sound of the mbira is absolutely hypnotic, as it should be, given its purpose(s). The sounds are an eerily soothing addition to this piece of art and warrants it's own exploration of the mbira as cultural gem by readers.

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

A good story, marred only by strong sexual themes

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, I complain about sex because I can't share with children.

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Best one.🤩

A maker is just ready to be grateful when the writer can brighten an Audiobook very beautifully.Every expression of the Audiobook dazzled me. This Audiobook contains a great deal of data that will really help you a ton .Highly suggested this Audiobook for everybody. 🤗🤗

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Glad I Added This to My Library

I’m not sure what I was expecting when I downloaded this selection. To be honest, I’m not really sure what about it captured my attention. Still, I was anxious to listen.

I found myself swept away by Tonderai Munyevu’s lyrical voice, fascinated by the pronunciation of unfamiliar words. I was immediately engaged with his telling of his story, so different from my own life and experiences, and then again...the emotion. I connected to the emotions in his story and, though I could not fathom his world, I could understand his experience.

Anything missing from my understanding was, admittedly, due to my own ignorance. I know precious little about African culture, history, or politics. Still, Tonderai Munyevu made me want to know more. For that I am grateful and, again, glad I took the time to listen.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Mugabe, my Dad & Me review

This was amazingly poignant. As a Zimbabwean I could completely relate. So much left unsaid. Brilliant

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • HB
  • 02-16-21

Close to home and heart

Narrated with flare and energy that I couldn't help but listen to the whole play in one sitting. Resonated with many of us who are African Diaspora walking between multiple worlds, yet living on one Earth.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Great voice - written and oral.

I'm one of the 'diaspora' much like the narrator. The immigrant. A man with a foot in two boats. So the story is very relatable. But you, who are homogeneous, assertive in your stability, bored - you too may find something worth hearing... especially with such a musical voice. Well done, Mr Muyevu. I could actually see the stage.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Haunting and insightful

So may layers to this exquisite performance. I wish I could see it on the stage. For anyone who has ever been asked ... “where are you from?” Or for anyone who asks this question of people who seem “other” than you, this will make you think and think again.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Oh, I feel this!

I’m going to recommend this program to every diasporan and first-gen American I know. The accuracy of emotion is so spot on, and the feelings about belonging and pride and shame and family and distance and colonialism — all of it is spot on, in my experience. I send my affection to the author.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

a rare review from me

It is a worth it play! Started hoping to hear about Mugabe, ended with so much more then that! thank you

1 person found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Ayesha
  • Ayesha
  • 05-06-21

Truly Excellent

Listening to Mugabe My Dad and Me is a unique experience and it has been a long time since I have heard such a fresh voice and viewpoint. Beautifully read with sensitivity and also humour by Tonderai Munyevu. I nearly cried at moments and before I knew it was laughing out loud. This is essential listening, I loved it so much I will be listening again and again.

It is a book that covers real life events and weaves through time, showing from direct experience a journey that is familiar to anyone who identifies as part of the African diaspora. The history of Zimbabwe is highly charged and fueled by many different outlooks. Listening to Mr Munyevu's viewpoint is as real as it can get.

The presentation is modern, honest and authentic. You are a companion, a friend, and also an audience being questioned.

Thank you so much to all the team involved for this wonderful gift of a book. Truly Excellent.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Georgina
  • Georgina
  • 05-09-21

Brilliantly written and performed

This is excellent. I really enjoyed it, it was full of wit, heart and imagination. Very much looking forward to the other stories from Tonderai.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Claire
  • Claire
  • 05-04-21

Beautifully crafted

An emotive story that propels the listener full circle. This takes you with the main character as he engages with history and heritage, wrestling ghosts from his personal past and that of Zimbabwe. All in an effort to answer “Where you from then?” Compelling listening. Can’t wait to see how it is adapted for stage.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Temi
  • Temi
  • 06-12-21

Captivating!

Beautifully narrated and strategically written to give the audience the feeling of being front-seat at the theatre. Cannot find fault with a single detail, even the occasional use of explicit language helped to create a genuine picture - I doubt it could turn the most conservative readers away from this story!

In a nutshell, Mugabe, My Dad & Me is engagingly emotive, hilarious, enlightening, and most importantly - it’s highly recommendable! Looking forward to hearing more of the stories that this story bred...

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for marshy1950
  • marshy1950
  • 08-06-21

A very good "read"

I just really enjoyed the structure, prose, composition - really well written, Tunde! Thank you. Hope you got the IKEA units built, with no fisticuffs. Hahahaha.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Alexander
  • Alexander
  • 08-06-21

Engaging, thought-provoking and well worth a listen

I lived in Zambia which is next to Zimbabwe and have been to Zimbabwe twice. It may me a real insight into Zimbabwean history under Mugabe and was performed well.