©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)
There are about 5 great stories inside this book. They are well worth listening to and well told. The author never really conveys a sense reality because there is absolutely no love-life at all. The narrator does whistle through her nose during some of the most critical readings. But, those 5 great stories really make this book a great listen. There is an encounter with a lion, a wonderful story about a dog and a leopard, an elephant safari, a brilliantly told horse race and a flight across the Ocean. I liked it a lot and I am going to go back right now and listen to that horse race because it gave me goose bumps!
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.
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!
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!
Kathleen in FL
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.
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.
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.
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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