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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,617 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Blixen Narrator: Julie Christie Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When I was a young girl, it was very far from my thoughts to go to Africa, nor did I dream then that an African farm should be the place in which I should be perfectly happy.

After the failure of her coffee farm, Karen Blixen returned to Denmark, where she wrote this classic account of her experiences. Out of Africa is a celebration of her life there and her friendship with the various peoples of the area. Her sympathetic response to the landscape and animals are drawn with warmth and unusual clarity.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Beth | 2/19/2014

    " Out of Africa is less a single story than a series of vignettes arranged thematically to form the whole. It is like a collage of beautiful images of life on Karen Blixen's coffee plantation. Clearly Blixen loved this land, its people, and its wildlife. She embraced the opportunities that her life there presented. She attended the tribal ceremonial dances. She brokered resolutions of of conflicts among her workers, using accepted tribal methods, but also with a written and signed contract. She hunted lions, and left a tea party she was hosting to go flying and see a nearby buffalo herd. She tells tales of cultural differences and interactions among the local and immigrant tribes. The language in the book is lush and beautiful. Blixen has a lovely eye for details and skill for drawing wise and witty conclusions from them. She must have been an amazing woman to know. You have to love a woman who writes things like "we had great adventures with lions." You can picture her bravely heading out to take on the lions hunting on her farm or taking flights over the beautiful countryside, which would have terrified many others. On the other hand, she was certainly a creature of her time and her native Scandinavian culture. At times she seems sincerely connected to the Africans, but at other times, she seems to view them from a superior distance. Her comparisons of Africans to wildlife would be less annoying if she made similar comparisons about Caucasians. The fact that there is no central underlying plot means that, as with The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights, there is a sense that you could stop reading at any point and feel that you've essentially "got" the book. If I fell asleep listening to this on audio, I'm not sure that I would care enough to rewind and hear the pieces I missed. For these reasons, despite the beautiful writing, I am giving this only 3 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Catherine | 2/14/2014

    " This was much more reflective and episodic than I remembered it, to the extent that I wondered at the idea of filming it. While respectful of the people amongst whom she lives, Blixen's attitude is still of its time and that sometimes jars on someone who reads New Internationalist. It therefore reads even more than it was written as an elegy for a lost lifestyle. Wonderful descriptions, interesting stories, powerful book. My favourite paragraph is still the one on waiting for the rain, but I didn't mark it this time, so I leave you to find and enjoy it for yourself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Candace | 2/13/2014

    " Impeccable writing with a spiritual flare. Kenya in the early 1900's complete with native lore, incredible safari details and every day life on Karen Blixen's large coffee plantation. Would have liked to learn more about Karen's extended family in Denmark and her relationships with her husband and Denys. Overall a very enjoyable biography. I remember the movie in the mid 1980's and enjoyed that as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by S. | 2/8/2014

    " One of my favorites. Sadly though, I couldn't get Meryl Streep's voice out of my head. "

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