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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,088 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Isak Dinesen Narrator: Julie Harris Publisher: AudioGO Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Danish countess Karen Blixen, known as Isak Dinesen, 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erica | 2/20/2014

    " One of the quotes on the back of the book is, "True to her credo of the storyteller's story, her tales are...glimpses out of, rather than into, an extraordinary mind." I certainly agree with that quote, but for that very reason, I found it difficult to get "into" this book. Dinesen/Blixen's stories from her time in Africa are illuminating and informative of a time in history. The idea of servants, a belief that all "Natives" are similar, and her beliefs regarding their intelligence seem quite foreign to me, but it is important to understand that those events and beliefs helped shape the Africa that exists today. In very few of her stories did she tell how she felt when an event happened. Combined with the fact that the stories were disjointed, I found it hard to care too much how each tale ended. This book may have made me realize how much I enjoy a story arch (not just themes) - certainly in fiction and also in non-fiction. I would not discourage anyone from reading this, but I would not recommend it, either. I have heard that the movie is quite different, so maybe I would enjoy that more - assuming it has a more discernible story arch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lynne | 2/20/2014

    " Jeez-those airport bookstores can save your life sometimes. I don't remember where we were traveling to...this is technically not a "jeff's-woman-books" book (normally he has either given me the book to edify and enlighten me-whether he has read it or not, or he has read it himself and highly recommended it...), but I put it on that shelf because he loves the movie so much. "I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills..." Reading this book led me to Karen Blixen's biography and to her really compelling (to me!) short stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Leanne | 2/16/2014

    " Another wonderful woman that can show you what it feels like to be in another land!! She lived a hard life but relished the land she chose to call home. This is a book I will always have on my bookshelf. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Heather | 1/27/2014

    " Meryl Streep led me astray! The movie was so beautifully done that I was looking forward to the book. Needless to say, I skimmed a number of sections of the book and the ones I did read weren't easy for me to get through. "

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