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Publisher's Summary

Danish countess Karen Blixon, known as Isak Dineson, ran a coffee plantation in Kenya in the years when Africa remained a romantic and formidable continent to most Europeans. Out of Africa is her account of her life there, with stories of her respectful relationships with the Masai, Kikuyu, and Somali natives who work on her land; the European friends who visit her; and the imposing permanence of the wild, high land itself. Stage and television actress Julie Harris delivers a reading that is emotionally charged and reflective, recreating Dinesen's lively appreciation for the land she loved so much.

Public Domain (P)1985 The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 08-16-18

Great narration of so-so memoir

I enjoyed OUT OF AFRICA more for the narration than for the content. The content of this short personal memoir is itself very worthwhile. I seldom allow narration to impact my overall rating, but in this case it does.

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I did not expect to enjoy this

What made the experience of listening to Out of Africa the most enjoyable?

The voice talent of Julie Harris. True, she does not have any "accents" to make the reading more "credible" but her interpretation and delivery, especially the subtext, make the world of the book come alive. It was performed, not read.

Would you recommend Out of Africa to your friends? Why or why not?

I would. I was not a fan of the movie and only purchased this because it was on sale and I wanted to whittle down the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list. I was expecting to slog through it and I was pleasantly surprised. It a great example of "the book is better" rule. That being said, I'm willing to give the movie another try based on this audio book.

Have you listened to any of Julie Harris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not but definitely will seek her out for future purchases. I enjoyed her so much that I looked her up. Broadway stage legend and Kennedy Center Honoree. It's too bad that she's no longer with us, but there is a lot to choose from on the website.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Meryl Streep is almost as good as Julie Harris and Robert Redford is miscast. Oh, and there are lions."

Any additional comments?

Snark aside, I was really surprised and I enjoyed this book. I hope that there is an unabridged version that presents itself in the future. Though it will be a tough act to follow Julie Harris if it's read by someone else. I'm looking forward to listening to this one again.

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  • Gerig
  • Woodinville, WA USA
  • 09-24-15

earthy and sensual

It's a love story of Africa. Once I realized that it was this rather than an affair, I could relax and enjoy the story.
The narrator was quite good.

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  • Dale
  • Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, United States
  • 06-14-16

Wonderfully Descriptive & Acted

Ms. Harris' reading of this famous work by Isak Dennison's memoir of her life in East Africa is tender yet gripping. The writing is one of the best examples of Dennison's much renowned descriptive prose. One feels as though one shares the experiences of this wonderful land.

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A beautiful story teller

I loved this audio book. The reader brought such character of Isaac dennison to be real. I could truly see thru her eyes the wonders of Africa.

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‘Out of Africa’ read by Julie Harris.

One of the great literary experiences for someone like me who has a passion for books related to travel. Julie Harris’ performance conveys both the strength and the sensitivity of this most significant story.

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Nope

not my cup of tea. the story was lame to me but i didnt want to be horrible and just judge the 1st chapter so i made it thru painfully. wouldn't recommend to someone that is trying to stay awake

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Captivating!

Loved every warm, beautiful, heart breaking moment. Listened to this story on a cold winter weekend. Just the ticket!

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Excellent Performance

I thought the narrator really elevated this memoir to the next level. I cried at the end.

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Timeless Story Read Perfectly by Julie Harris

Isak Dneson's depiction of the African landscape, her relationship with Denys Finch Hatton and all the inhabitants of her farm is like a detailed water color. Every small brush stroke helps to create work of great beauty that is so fragile, even a single drop of water or bad brush stroke could have ruined the whole thing.

Every time I read the book, I marvel at its delicacy and perfection. It is therefore a great tribute to Julie Harris to say that she read the book aloud with the same level delicacy and perfection. She made the book simply come alive.

Several reviewers complained that Julie Harris didn't try to mimic Karen Blixen's (Dineson's) actual accent the way Meryl Streep did in the movie; That is a red herring. Ask yourself - Would you rather listen to someone who was pitch perfect on the intent of the book or someone who got the right accent but butchered the prose? I come down heavily on the former.

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  • KJ Cannon
  • 01-09-18

Beautiful

Beautiful portrait of Africa, her landscape and people, a raw wilderness that you can't help but fall in love with. Shame it isn't much longer, but the author really captures and captivates her readers, and you go on this journey with her. Such a spotlight on colonial life and times. Beautifully read, although slightly over-read near the end. Slight feedback on the recording - I could hear voices in the background, but this didn't detract. So glad I read this book. Wonderfully, enchantingly wild and vivid.