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West with the Night | [Beryl Markham]

West with the Night

West with the Night is the story of a remarkable woman molded and shaped by many things: the African jungle, a certain dog, horses, airplanes, friendships with white men and black. There is no life, no story quite like it.
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Publisher's Summary

West with the Night is the story of a remarkable woman molded and shaped by many things: the African jungle, a certain dog, horses, airplanes, friendships with white men and black. There is no life, no story quite like it.

©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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Janet Woodside, CA, United States 09-30-11
    Janet Woodside, CA, United States 09-30-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Read by an American ....Bad idea"

    I read the physical book a few years back and decided to listen after actually experiencing 'Africa'. The book was well written but the narrative grated on my ears. There were so many mispronunciations that, for me, it interfered with the enjoyment of the listen. How difficult would it have been to have attained a Brit to do the written work justice? Julie Christie did "Out of Africa" and that was brilliant.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    09-17-11
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    "Great"

    Beryl Markham has a gift for making a "history lesson" a great story and a captivating tale! Julie Harris coul not have done a better job of narration, truly brought the story to life!

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    Eiler SAN CLEMENTE, CA, United States 09-17-11
    Eiler SAN CLEMENTE, CA, United States 09-17-11
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    "Favorite!"

    I loved this book! Loved the story about this strong female raised in Africa. The author describes the sights, sounds, and feeling of this beautiful continent in the early 30's. I was fascinated and looked forward to my driving time so I could hear more!

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    Kathleen McDonald 07-27-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Outstanding!"

    I read this book many years ago, after seeing the movie "Out of Africa". I loved it. And I loved listening to this audio recording even more. Julie harris brings the story to life. Her narration is flawless and I especially enjoyed hearing the pronunciation of so many African place names that I wasn't sure of. Well done.

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    Victoria 12-11-12
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    "Intersting moments, but not enough to carry it"
    How could the performance have been better?

    The emotions in the voice were too exaggerated and sometimes didn't match the words, it jolted me out of the story in many places.


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    Amazon Customer Park Ciry, KS, United States 10-24-11
    Amazon Customer Park Ciry, KS, United States 10-24-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Slow"

    The book was slow. I hoped it would pick up and I was dissapointed. It also seemed the story jumped ideas quite a bit so it got confusing. I am not sure if the book was written with runon sentences or if the narrator did not properly pause at punctuation but it was hard to follow.

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    Aurora 05-08-11
    Aurora 05-08-11
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    "Terrible reader"

    I was recommended this book by a friend, who absolutely loved it. I'm sorry, I can't even get to half of it. My main problem is the mile long sentences with multiple ideas. The way the reader is intonating, you can't tell one thing apart from the other. There are so many parentheses and digressions in a sentence to explain some things that the sentences are very difficult to follow. Please, make sure readers intonate correctly where a comma and a period are. I don't know what it looks on the page at all based on the reader. I would like to hear about the stories historic icon Amelia went through, but I just can't...it is not appealing.

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    jennifer 11-12-12
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    "Could not finish"

    I could not even finish this book. I'm keeping it for the nights I have insomnia because the narrator puts me to sleep.

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    MaDonna Victoria, TX, United States 03-07-11
    MaDonna Victoria, TX, United States 03-07-11
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    "WEST WITH THE NIGHT"

    I hoped this book would pick up, but no, so very boring I couldnt finish!

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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