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West with the Night Audiobook

West with the Night

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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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    Amazonphili Cypress, TX USA 05-13-15
    Amazonphili Cypress, TX USA 05-13-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Superb style"

    Hemingway stated Markham could write circles around him. With due respect for him, he was right. A delicious read all the way through.

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    Veronica 05-13-15
    Veronica 05-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Still one of my favorites"

    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


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    WT Sharpe Chesapeake, VA, USA 03-20-15
    WT Sharpe Chesapeake, VA, USA 03-20-15
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    "Fantastic Adventure"

    This is perhaps the best travel/adventure book I've ever read. It was thoroughly enjoyable, and the narrator did an excellent job.

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    Saman Houston, TX, United States 02-22-15
    Saman Houston, TX, United States 02-22-15 Member Since 2010

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    "A pioneer, an adventurer, a woman!"

    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.

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    Alice Canlis 02-17-15
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    "Unparalleled literature"

    It is hard to write a review when I feel speechless from having listened to west with the night. The only descriptive english writing I have ever read which compares with this story was some of the scene setting in Steinbeck's East of Eden. By comparison west with the night is more grand, global and majestic. As a pilot, I was completely taken with the story. Yes, Saint-Exupery has written with a similar grandeur that lifts the reader above the earth, but Markham exceeds Saint-Exupery in every way. What a shame this book had to end. Chris

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    areader 05-15-14
    areader 05-15-14

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    "West with the Night"

    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!

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    David Stump Central Texas 04-08-14
    David Stump Central Texas 04-08-14

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    "Great story!"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer California 08-17-13
    Amazon Customer California 08-17-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Captivating from the first page"
    Would you consider the audio edition of West with the Night to be better than the print version?

    Yes, without question. Julie Harris WAS Beryl Markham. You could hear her love of the story as if it were her own.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Beryl herself. A remarkable childhood turned her into a remarkable woman.


    What about Julie Harris’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.)


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 02-06-13
    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 02-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book"

    Great autobiography Markham is a very good writer and puts you in her time and place.

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    Frances 05-10-12
    Frances 05-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Remarkable story, evocative reading"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A dramatic picture of colonial Africa.


    What does Julie Harris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emotion


    Any additional comments?

    The reading was not very polished compared to more recent productions but was very compelling nonetheless.

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