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

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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!

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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
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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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    Amy Santa Cruz, CA, United States 03-26-12
    Amy Santa Cruz, CA, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it"

    Very nice narration and a fascinating story! Well-written and captivating, the hours listening flew by.

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    Mary Lou Skowronski Newport Beach, CA, United States 03-05-12
    Mary Lou Skowronski Newport Beach, CA, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Kept my interest throughout the read."
    Would you listen to West with the Night again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare West with the Night to and why?

    I would compare this book equal to Out of Africa.


    What about Julie Harris’s performance did you like?

    Narrator Julie Harris has tremendous talent identifying each character easily.


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

    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.


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    karen Dublin, OH, United States 02-15-12
    karen Dublin, OH, United States 02-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A Treasure"
    What did you love best about West with the Night?

    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.


    What about Julie Harris’s performance did you like?

    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.


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    Richard Lockport, NY, United States 02-01-12
    Richard Lockport, NY, United States 02-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "An amazing tale of an amazing life."

    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.

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    Richmond Rabinowitz 01-24-12
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    "Beautiful prose - beautifully read"

    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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