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Travel Light, Move Fast

Narrated by: Alexandra Fuller
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
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From best-selling author Alexandra Fuller, the utterly original story of her father, Tim Fuller, and a deeply felt tribute to a life well lived

Six months before he died in Budapest, Tim Fuller turned to his daughter: "Let me tell you the secret to life right now, in case I suddenly give up the ghost. You wouldn't want me taking all this wisdom with me to the grave." Then he lit his pipe, and stroked his dog Harry's head. Harry put his paw on his lap and they sat there the two of them, one man and his dog, keepers to the secret of life. "Well?" she asked. "Nothing comes to mind quite honestly, Bobo", he said, with some surprise. "Now that I think about it, maybe there isn't a secret to life. What do you think, Harry?" Harry gave Dad a look of utter agreement. He was a very superior dog. "Well, there you have it", Dad said. 

After her father's sudden death, Alexandra Fuller realizes that if she is going to weather his loss, she will need to become the parts of him she misses most. So begins Travel Light, Move Fast, the unforgettable story of Tim Fuller, a self-exiled British black sheep who moved to Africa to fight in the Rhodesian War before settling as a banana farmer in Zambia. A man who preferred chaos to predictability, to revel in promise rather than wallow in regret, and was more afraid of becoming bored than of getting lost, he taught his daughters to live as if everything needed to happen altogether, all at once - or not at all. Now in the wake of his death, Fuller internalizes his lessons with clear eyes, and celebrates a man who swallowed life whole. 

A master of time and memory, Fuller moves seamlessly between the days and months following her father's death as she and her mother return to his farm with his ashes and contend with his overwhelming absence, and her childhood spent running after him in southern and central Africa. Writing with reverent irreverence of the rollicking grand misadventures of her mother and father, bursting with pandemonium and tragedy, Fuller takes their insatiable appetite for life to heart. Here, in Fuller's Africa, is a story of joy, resilience, and vitality, from one of our finest writers.

©2019 Alexandra Fuller (P)2019 Recorded Books

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"Listeners will feel as if they're having an intimate chat with acclaimed memoirist Alexandra Fuller.... Fuller smoothly modulates the tone and pitch of her soft, lilting voice to evoke the spirit and attitude of every person she includes in her accounts." (AudioFile Magazine)

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Fuller's Best Work Yet

An incredible memoir, insightfully unpacked & intentional. Fuller never loses the raw emotions of life.

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Another Winner

I was not disappointed by this last book of Alexandra Fuller. I love her narration, her voice is absolutely perfect for her story telling and her story telling is riveting. The last chapter of this book was so very well written and listening to her voice, her pain, was visceral for me. Of course, I know Zambia and SE Africa well so I have the context which makes her story telling so alive for me. I know these people well, and I recognize them all in her vivid descriptions.

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beautiful, emotional, reflective

loved this story, i've read or listen to all of Fuller's books and this is my favorite. i could her the growth in her writing. her perspective from experiencing a life fully loved with all the peaks and valleys.

my book club read this book and we all loved it. some people commented that they needed some time to get used to her reading it. I enjoyed her self narration. it did take a little time to get used to it, she is a wonderful story teller and i enjoyed hearing her speak in her family's voices. it brought them to life.

thank you Ms. Fuller for sharing your emotions and helping describe feelings I've experienced but could never articulate.

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Another beautiful Alexandra Fuller book!

Fuller is one of my favorite authors, and she doesn’t disappoint in her latest. It’s lovely that the author herself reads it. She is witty, sharp and self-deprecating. This is a beautiful eulogy for her father, a testimony to both of her parents’ and a love song to Africa, with a devastating ending. Read her other books first if you can, but even if you can’t, this is worth it.

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How does she do it?

She is so brave and tiny and necessary and gorgeous and incisive. This woman writes like she is clearing the forest one jaunty epic arc of a rope swing at a time. No feet on the ground. Hold on and you will see what she sees and it is glorious. This life.

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Stunning

No one writes like Alexandra fuller. An astounding book, and a devastating account of life and of grief

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  • Santa Barbara
  • 08-15-19

Moving!

I have read all of Alexandra Fuller's other books. But this one is special. It gives the account of the passing of her father who was the glue who held their family together. It also reflects the grief that she felt through his loss and the subsequent impact that had on her family. It is humble and emotional at a level far deeper and far more personal than her other books.

in addition, what I found utterly delightful about the book besides its deep emotional insights, was the fact that the authoress narrates it herself. Having lived in Rhodesia and Zimbabwe and knowing this part of the world, I was completely charmed by the magnificent job she does of capturing the lilt and distinctiveness of both male and female Rhodesian voices. It brings the book alive in remarkable ways.

For anyone interested in plumbing the depths of British and Rhodesian pluck, dealing with hardship, and facing grief, through the eyes and words of an insightful and remarkably observant writer baring her soul, I can't recommend this book more highly!

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A Memoir Like No Other

I love Alexandra Fullers books. They are beautifully, poignantly, heart-wrenchingly close-to-the-bone. Travel Light, Move Fast is all of this and more. To say Fuller's life has been extraordinary is an understatement. As a child she lived through the civil war in then Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. Her parents have a zest for an off-the-grid, somewhat untethered life and the more they pay the price for living this way - the more certain they are that they want it that way. Fuller's narration is perfection - her imitation (is that the right word?) of her mother is fantastic. Listening to Fuller read her own words makes me feel like I am making camp in the African bush, sitting by a campfire, with the sunsetting "orange and pink" - the way Fuller describes it - and listening to one of the great storytellers of our time. I cannot recommend this audible book more.

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Love and tears

I love this author's books so much. I always get the audible version. I want to hear every word she writes. Other narrators read many of her other books but this one could only be read by Alexandra Fuller herself. I look forward to more books to come.

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To be read and re-read!

The reader knows her story!!
Fuller is masterful at shedding light in the crevices of relationships and memory.
Poignant -- no self-pity and
a unique humor.
I can listen to her memoirs over and over -- like music.

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  • 10-18-19

Very good book, gripping story

Excellent narration, great story, very funny, fascinating insight into settler life in Africa. Great to hear the author herself narrating it.