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Beryl Markham, the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west, describes her childhood on a farm in Kenya, her apprenticeship as a horse trainer, and her later career as a pioneer aviator who piloted passengers and supplies in a small plane to remote corners of Africa.

Of her memoir Ernest Hemingway said, "She has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer....[She] can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves writers."

©1942 Beryl Markham (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Captivating

This narrator/author combination rather reminded me of a professor I had in college. He was cursed with a rather plain voice, but once you got past that and listened to what he was saying, it was bitingly funny and terribly insightful. This book is much the same.

I listen while commuting, and I frequently encounter a narrator/author combination that I'll have to turn off after about 30 minutes so that I don't fall asleep while driving. This book is emphatically not one of those. The memoir is beautifully written and wonderfully told; it is infused with magnificent landscapes, dear friends, captivating adventures, and delightful humor. In short, it is the best audio book I've listened to this year.

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I Read this wonderful book

Hello I just wanted to put in my 2cents on this great book. I did not listen to it, I read it aloud to my family on a long trip. There were a few paragraphs I skipped over for the benefit of my sensitive 10 year old.
This is a first hand account of the early days of flying in Africa, told by a strong woman, but in the most beautiful lyrical style. It would be great for everyone interested in flying or Africa, but especially for young women.

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  • FernT
  • Mt Rainier, MD, United States
  • 09-27-11

Outstanding

What a story! And beautifully narrated.... The beauty and adventure and exquisite language will carry you dream-like through this book, and you'll be glad you can listen again.

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Wonderfully Addictive.

I have listened to "West With the Night" twice now. Anna Fields voice is so perfect for this story. She does a wonderful reading. Ernest Hemingway loved Beryl Markham's book, and recommended it to Max Perkins, this was the main reason that I purchased, and listened to, "West With The Night". The other reason is, I love East African literature from this era. Markham's words evoke images of the people, the tribes, the animals, and of course The Continent of Africa. It all becomes very real. Three dimensional without pasteboard colored lens glasses. Markham’s words through Anna Fields voice conjure up the experience of landing an ancient plane in a torch lite field, at night, in a wild unforgiving country. The second time I listened was even better. Markham loved her Africa, it was her home, she live out her life there. She always returned to her Nairobi, like Lord Delamere she had found a home, and it was East Africa.

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  • Diane
  • Longview, WA, USA
  • 01-11-08

An entrancing story wonderfully narrated

Markham's lyrical, well-wrought story of her African childhood, understanding of horses and the natural life of Africa, and passion for aviation and adventure deservedly received Hemingway's choice praise. The narrator flawlessly captured the many voices of the characters without sentimentality and with perfect pacing. This was such an engrossing listen it was hard to hit the pause button.

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  • Charlie
  • Madeira Park, BC, Canada
  • 02-06-11

Great book, wrong reader

Sadly, Anna Fields is simply the wrong reader for this book. West with the Night is certainly one of the great books of the English language, and wonderfully evocative of the time and place. But an American reader just doesn't work with it. Unfortunately, the wonderful Donada Peters reading of this book is not yet available on Audible. Hold out for that.

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I highly recommend this book.

An amazing memoir of an amazing life. Beryl lived in a time where everyone was judged by the cover of their book. She is that and so much more.

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  • Jan Harris
  • San Antonio, TX, United States
  • 11-16-17

Beautifully written.

I wish she had written more about her life. Only one book and remarkable style of writing.

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Eloquent language

I was not too interested in this woman's story, but the way it was portrayed was captivating. I loved the words, the thoughts, the descriptions. Even though I questioned some of her decisions, I was too caught up in how beautifully they were stated that I didn't really care so much about what she did. It was just so nice to hear her talk about them. It was also a story set in an unfamiliar time and place for me. That made it much more interesting.

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Top 5 ever

This book is not written it is crafted. Full of rich descriptions the story is fabulous, beautiful & true. She is a true genius with words. It should be assigned and studied by every aspiring writer.