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As her marriage collapses, the author of the international best-seller Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight relearns the fearless ways of her father to find her own true north. Standing in the wreckage of her marriage, in her adopted country America, Alexandra Fuller revisits the continent she loves and finds in her father's harsh, simple, and uncompromising ways the key to her salvation. Casting a fresh eye on her parent's boisterous strengths and debilitating weaknesses, painting a vivid picture of America at the end of decades of false certainty and security, and revealing her Africa, vital and resilient, Leave Before the Rains Come is an astonishment - a memoir of such grace and intelligence, wit, and courage that only Alexandra Fuller could have written it.

©2015 Alexandra Fuller (P)2015 Recorded Books

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Depressing

After the first couple of chapters, the remainder of the book is devoted to a marriage falling apart. I would have preferred more about life in Africa.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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More, please

Another wonderful memoir by Alexandra Fuller. Absorbing, exotic, amusing, wise and filled with her lush African memories. And this one is read by Fuller herself, with her enchanting voice matching perfectly her accent and the text. This is a not-to-be missed book for those who loved her others, best read after the first two.

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  • 03-03-16

Strangely honest

I thought I knew her. Thats what I took away from this read. After each of her books, which I read in chronilogical order, I thought I had a good understanding of who she is. But she has managed to morph with each book with some surprising results. It makes sense when you give it some thought. With each phase of our lives we learn and change with our experiences and maturity but Alexandra Fuller continues to evolve. I can't wait to read about the next adventure/phase of her life. She doesn't disappoint!

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unlike some this Author is a good narrator

Made me laugh, the last quarter was gripping...I must listen to the first half again, needs some deeper thinking. The 3 books of Ms. Fullers memoirs were great binge listening. Three different perspectives important ly with different narrators weaving the story into a whole, I enjoyed all three equally. Made me content in my black and white, made me forgive my steps over to the colorful side. I wonder if it might be worth another listen in the future!

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Another first person masterpiece!

Alexandra Fuller pours her heart into each book about her real life family and helps us experience the humor and reality of her family. But she managers to do this without belittling any of them. She speaks the truth in a way that makes you the reader feel that it is your family too. In this book she examines her marriage and her relocating to America that is honest, and yet respectful of the relationship. She is wonderful as a narrator. You feel like you are sharing a conversation over tea. I have read all of her books and this one seemed the most heartfelt.

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Shockingly beautiful...

Alexandra Fuller's story is so honest, poignant, beautiful, heartbreaking, and funny… Which is an unusual and breathtaking combination.

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  • Amelia
  • San Francisco
  • 02-02-15

Wonderful listen

Great reading by the author of her own story. Wise, warm, witty and rich. Highly recommend listening to it.

I wish these review forms didn't require so many words in order to be accepted.

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  • Rosalind
  • North Sydney, Australia
  • 01-27-15

Depressing

Would you try another book from Alexandra Fuller and/or Alexandra Fuller?

I have read 3 of her books which I thoroughly enjoyed. Can't imagine I would want to read anymore from this author.

What was most disappointing about Alexandra Fuller’s story?

All the previous books have been about the adventures with her family in different countries in Africa. This one was mostly about her failing relationship with her husband. It was constant and thoroughly depressing.

What didn’t you like about Alexandra Fuller’s performance?

I have listened to her narrate her own books before and she was fine. This time she seemed to have lost all her enthusiasm as she related the failure of her relationship with her husband. It was a joyless experience.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Leaving Before the Rains Come?

All the parts about her failing marriage. Surely a novel is to entertain or at least inform and educate, this did neither.

Any additional comments?

I think my disappointment comes from the fact that I had so enjoyed her stories about her family life in Africa and that there was so little of that in this book. If Ms Fuller has run out of personal stories then she needs to start inventing them. Writers do it all the time.<br/>It's called fiction.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Always thought-provoking

Alexandra Fuller can never be accused of living the "unexamined life". And she brings the reader along with her into territory we should examine if we are to live fully.

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Another great book by A. Fuller

I enjoy this author's writing very much. The engaging stories and excellent word choice always keep me coming back for more. Great book.