This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. Despite having been written decades ago it reads as easily contemporary. The prose is like poetry: lovely. Unlike some poetry, it is engaging, fascinating and easy to listen to. Beryl uses humor, action, and passion for people, places and airplanes to bring you in to her fantastic world. The reader of this book brings it to life so well, making herself one of my favorite narrators of all time. This book was an audible pleasure. I will listen to it again, which I very rarely do.
A thoroughly entertaining view into a time and place - Africa, 1930s. But more than that an interior view of an extraordinary woman. I dont understand how a woman who had a sense of and respect for elephants could have scouted for hunting parties. Still, this is one of my favorite books and Julie Harris's narration does it justice.
Circling the Sun , a current book about Beryl Markham, captivated me so much that I wanted to read this book as well, as it was written by Beryl Markham, herself. Hemingway evidently, loved this book, and I totally agree with him (ha ha). Naturally, there is overlap, but Julie Harris' reading makes it totally worthwhile !
Unbelievable writing and performance. Hemingway's praise was totally on point. Also should read Checking the Sun.
This book didn't keep me interested. I tried. After listening to the first three chapters I listened to the beginning of each of the remaining chapters. The rest of the chapters did not move me and I just couldn't get into any of them. Now this is a reflection of my thoughts. According to the other reviews most people loved this book. I encourage others to try this book out and decide for themselves. Good luck and happy listening.
Beryl Markham is a wonderful storyteller. With her all of her descriptions I can see in my my the both the beautiful and the sparse areas of Africa. I can feel her challenges and trials, and feel my heart quicken and smile come to my lips as she shares her dreams and achievements and conquests. She rose above so many, literally and figuratively, in the epitome of a man's world, whether training race horses at the tender age of 18, or flying across continents and being detailed by the Italian Army. Her story is fantastic and understated in her modest way. This is a woman I would love to have tea with.
As narrator Julie Harris delivers such a dramatic performance that I thought it could only have been read by Beryl herself. Thank you to both for a wonderful few hours of joy and pleasure!
Hemingway stated Markham could write circles around him. With due respect for him, he was right. A delicious read all the way through.
I have loved this book and read it many times over the years. I enjoyed listening to it and it brought a new depth to the stories. I recommend this book to everyone who wants to hear from one of the most interesting women of the 20 th century
This is perhaps the best travel/adventure book I've ever read. It was thoroughly enjoyable, and the narrator did an excellent job.
I am a lover of history and the fantastic tales of human achievement (or folly). Sometimes, a grand author captures my imagination.
As my upcoming trip to Kenya looms, I have been searching for those people who lived and thrived in Kenya in the early part of the 20th century. There are many historical figures including that of Karen Blixen, Finch Hatton and Lord Delamere. As I started to read about the various individuals, a certain name caught my eye. She was a beautiful and tall woman who was an avid aviator and a different sort of adventurer. She ofcourse was Beryl Markham.
This is a fascinating book that she penned in the early 40s after her departure from Kenya with Bror Blixen, ex-husband of Karen Blixen. Note that in those early days of flying, aircraft were rather flimsy machines and had rudimentary instruments. Many had no radios. What is amazing is that she flew from Kenya to Europe and back numerous times and on occasion solo. Her life in these wild and charming days are beautifully laid out in these riveting chapters. I was awed by her recollection of the times and the words she chose to summarize them within the book.
Eventually she returned to Africa and died in the 1980s. Her fame however will live on and as a next step, I would love to read her autobiography, ‘Straight on till Morning’, by Mary S Lovell.