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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

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"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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One of my favorites......

Julie Harris did a fantastic performance of painting this story in words. Beryl did an amazing job of describing every detail so that listening to it was like watching a movie inside my head. An exceptional piece of literature.

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fantastic book with a superb narrator

This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. Despite having been written decades ago it reads as easily contemporary. The prose is like poetry: lovely. Unlike some poetry, it is engaging, fascinating and easy to listen to. Beryl uses humor, action, and passion for people, places and airplanes to bring you in to her fantastic world. The reader of this book brings it to life so well, making herself one of my favorite narrators of all time. This book was an audible pleasure. I will listen to it again, which I very rarely do.

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Brilliant Woman, Brilliant Writing

A thoroughly entertaining view into a time and place - Africa, 1930s. But more than that an interior view of an extraordinary woman. I dont understand how a woman who had a sense of and respect for elephants could have scouted for hunting parties. Still, this is one of my favorite books and Julie Harris's narration does it justice.

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I totally agree with Hemingway, that this is a gem of a book!

Circling the Sun , a current book about Beryl Markham, captivated me so much that I wanted to read this book as well, as it was written by Beryl Markham, herself. Hemingway evidently, loved this book, and I totally agree with him (ha ha). Naturally, there is overlap, but Julie Harris' reading makes it totally worthwhile !

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unbelievable writing and performance. outstanding

Unbelievable writing and performance. Hemingway's praise was totally on point. Also should read Checking the Sun.

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Not for me but you may feel differently.

This book didn't keep me interested. I tried. After listening to the first three chapters I listened to the beginning of each of the remaining chapters. The rest of the chapters did not move me and I just couldn't get into any of them. Now this is a reflection of my thoughts. According to the other reviews most people loved this book. I encourage others to try this book out and decide for themselves. Good luck and happy listening.

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  • 10-07-15

A most wonderful read...

Beryl Markham is a wonderful storyteller. With her all of her descriptions I can see in my my the both the beautiful and the sparse areas of Africa. I can feel her challenges and trials, and feel my heart quicken and smile come to my lips as she shares her dreams and achievements and conquests. She rose above so many, literally and figuratively, in the epitome of a man's world, whether training race horses at the tender age of 18, or flying across continents and being detailed by the Italian Army. Her story is fantastic and understated in her modest way. This is a woman I would love to have tea with.

As narrator Julie Harris delivers such a dramatic performance that I thought it could only have been read by Beryl herself. Thank you to both for a wonderful few hours of joy and pleasure!

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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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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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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.