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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: April 2007 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 S. | 2/8/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lora Offord | 2/7/2014

    " i haven't seen the movie, but i guess i had heard such great things about it that i had really high expectations for the book. i was a little disappointed with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vivencio | 1/26/2014

    " time and again, a book one never gets tired of going back to. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 katey | 1/11/2014

    " Ok ok, I didn't finish it. And I fell asleep watching the film. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 1/10/2014

    " Hypnotic. I read a lovely Modern Library version that I bought for $1. Somehow it made reading this so much more pleasurable than reading the dinky old paperback version. Filled with long stretches of noble descriptions. A fine, good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sony | 1/7/2014

    " It's hard to swallow the needless killing of animals just for sport, but times were different then. Overall, an okay read...wish there weren't so many lines in Danish, French and German. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frederick Bingham | 12/31/2013

    " I started listening to this on cassette, but could not get through the entire thing. It moves a little bit too slowly and I got lost with many of the African names. Parts of it were good though, especially the descriptions of colonial Africa in the 1920's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa | 12/18/2013

    " This book made me feel that I had moved to Africa and was reading my own memoirs. A classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie Wood | 11/2/2013

    " An elegy to a life in Africa. Lyrical and frank. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley | 10/22/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book... the descriptions were fabulous, the people and place so real. The only thing I found disconcerting was the movement from one subject to another with no apparent attempt at tying them together.... no real storyline or chronology until the very end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charisa Flaherty | 10/19/2013

    " This was such a random book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susi | 10/19/2013

    " It always amazes me when I pick up this book and read the first sentence. Some much is conveyed by that one line....Love this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel Hartsook | 9/21/2013

    " Long but interesting book- not written chronologically but by theme. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn S-P | 9/13/2013

    " My Very Favorite!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzan | 8/18/2013

    " Fascinating experiences while living in Africa. Her writing style is beautiful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Florence | 1/23/2013

    " Even though it is dated and polictically incorrect, the story has some nostalgic charm. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ke Huang | 10/15/2012

    " While the 1985 film version does a better job at portraying the relationship between Karen and Denys, I found the book more informative regarding life in Africa. I even liked the vignettes in the middle of this work. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lenah | 9/15/2012

    " Never I imagined that one day I would say that the film is much better than the book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie Moore | 9/6/2012

    " The movie was better...... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Roberts | 8/22/2012

    " Further whets my appetite to visit Africa...but makes me sad that this Africa of the early 1900s no longer exists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn Paddock | 4/5/2012

    " Good, but not great. Maybe it's just our current society, but it honestly was a little boring to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 3/18/2012

    " This is one of my favorite books because of the animals and the beautiful writing. It's not at all a love story about Dennis Finch Hatton. It's a love story about the Africa that used to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 2/6/2012

    " a beautifully painted story... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilena | 12/23/2011

    " one of the most beautiful books I've ever read.......... her descriptions and stories are spectacular. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilary | 6/9/2011

    " it didn't finish as strongly as it started, but still worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 5/14/2011

    " This is one of my all-time favorite books.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evelyn | 5/9/2011

    " Excellent memoir about the author's life in Kenya. The writing is beautifully descriptive and the book comes alive in so many ways because of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katharine | 4/26/2011

    " Beautiful sad bittersweet book. Dinesen's descriptions of the "Natives" (Kikuyu tribespeople), Somalis, and Masai can be hard to read, given their political and historical context, but she writes of the land and her servants and squatters with such love.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy | 4/26/2011

    " This book is a long string of striking metaphors. That is pretty much all. There is no plot or storyline to speak of. Once I quit wondering when something was going to happen, I liked this book. I was able to enjoy the beauty of the language...and vicariously, of Africa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 4/13/2011

    " Awesome. This lady was badass. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariah | 4/12/2011

    " Not at all like the movie and beautifully written ... in my mind's ear, I could hear Meryl Streep speaking each word. A beautiful book, just beautiful. My husband bought my copy at the William Faulkner bookshop in New Orleans, so I'll treasure it all the more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonia | 4/12/2011

    " I felt as if I was on the farm in the Ngong Hills with the author. Pretty low key memoir about her life in Africa, most excitement revolves around her lion hunts. Most of the african memoirs I've read revolve around genocide so it was nice to hear about the beautiful countryside of life in Kenya. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Filipa | 4/6/2011

    " Não consegui acabar o livro, infelizmente. Achei tão aborrecido, que não me deu alento para continuar.
    Certamente, não o vou tentar novamente tão cedo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 4/6/2011

    " I read this after seeing the movie and just loved Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, back when I was a hopeless romantic ;)
    The book is very good, ethereal almost, I can understand why Isak Denisen aka Karen Blixen became a celebrity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 3/30/2011

    " This was a nice read while I was in Africa, particular for her beautiful descriptions of the African highlands, which I was lucky enough to visit. It stands as a nice piece of colonial literature. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frances | 3/17/2011

    " enjoyed the film more.... the book was very dry and didn't go into much detail. "

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