©1942, 1983 Beryl Markham. Recorded by arrangement with North Point Press, a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC; (P)2003 The Arthur and Luce Klein Audio Collection, The Yale Collection of Historical Sound Recordings, Yale University Music Library
"Julie Harris' reading of aviatrix Beryl Markham's biography and celebration of Africa is an essential audiobook. Enjoy the magic of the spoken word and Harris' lovely performance." (AudioFile)
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Not the typical book I listen to but it is very well done and I was captivated by it. I found this in an Audible sale and it was not a disappointment. I really enjoyed it!
This is a great story. The author has such wonderful word craft. I came away from this book trying to see the world like Beryl would see it, and live it as fully.
Yes, without question. Julie Harris WAS Beryl Markham. You could hear her love of the story as if it were her own.
Beryl herself. A remarkable childhood turned her into a remarkable woman.
The honesty of it. Her voice rose and fell like the tides, putting every emotion of the writer into each page. I will look for more books narrated by Julie Harris.
The horse race between Rack and Wise Child. It would not have been nearly as exciting without Julie Harris' interpretation. (I have not yet completed the book...there may be more.)
I wish Beryl Markham had written more. I do not want the story to end. I wish I had not waited so long to listen to the book. It is absolutely incredible - my very favorite of all my books.
A dramatic picture of colonial Africa.
The reading was not very polished compared to more recent productions but was very compelling nonetheless.
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Flying over Africa and other countries were described with enough detail to make you feel you were in the cockpit. It is one of those books that you could listen to again.
I would compare this book equal to Out of Africa.
Narrator Julie Harris has tremendous talent identifying each character easily.
The suspense of being in flight without a light to guide her and her relationship with the people of Africa made this a moving experience.
I loved the writing. The story was interesting, but I found that I just enjoyed hearing the way to book was written. Descriptions of characters and action were just great.
I could imagine that she really was the real person describing her experiences. I did hear the page turning. Surprising, but not really a big deal. One the best parts of listening to a book is that someone else is pronouncing the names that I might stumble over.
I guess when I bought this, I did not realize that it was non fiction.
Shortly after begining, I noticed odd parallels with Out of Africa, which set me to some research. I was stunned to learn the relationship between these two amazing women.
I highly recommend this to anyone interested in womens studies or the early colonialization of Africa.
The story is so amazing in parts as to be nearly unbeleivable, in context of our current times. But this is not about our current time, it is about a time long gone when the world was in transition.
A superior story. The performace is good, if a little jerky in spots. However the performance is realistic, and you do hear the story from the voice of an aged woman, which lends credence to the tale.
I highly recommend this book.
Markham's prose is gorgeous and the her story very interesting. I thought Julie Harris did a marvelous job as reader. There is a description of a horse race that is one of my favorite audible moments! There were some slow moments and I admit that it took me a little while to get into it but that said, I highly recommend this memoir.
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