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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (220 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Matthiessen Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455195589
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In this classic volume, Peter Matthiessen exquisitely combines nature and travel writing to bring East Africa to vivid life. He skillfully and magically portrays the sights, scenes, and people he observed firsthand in several trips over the course of a dozen years: the daily lives of herdsmen and hunter-gatherers; the drama of the predator kills; the hundreds of exotic animals; the breathtaking landscapes; the area’s turbulent natural, political, and social histories; the adventures of the field biologists who pursue and investigate the habits of wild creatures; the anthropologists seeking man’s origins throughout the Rift Valley; and the lonely African, poised between the traditional ways and the conflicting demands of Western culture.

A finalist for the National Book Award when it was released in 1972, this vivid portrait of East Africa remains as fresh and revelatory now as on the day it was first published.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Entwined with...curiosity about the dim past is Mr. Matthiessen’s second and to me more engrossing theme: his observations of the natives, the landscape, the wildlife he encountered....[Eliot Porter’s] sense of composition is flawless...Taken together these two artists have discovered for me an Africa I have never seen or properly appreciated before.”

    Atlantic Monthly

  • “Stunning…The Africa [Matthiessen] evokes is finally timeless, majestic, throbbing with life, indivisible.”

    Saturday Review

  • “Dion Graham’s deep voice adds a poetic quality to the author’s descriptive writing as he talks about watching wild elephants or buffalo. Graham also brings life to Matthiessen’s meetings with Africans and Europeans.”

    AudioFile

  • “The lush prose casts its own spell on a landscape observed with awe and inexplicable sadness…[Matthiessen’s] narrative powers are considerable.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Boyd Norton | 8/9/2013

    " The finest book ever written about East Africa. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucia | 9/27/2012

    " wonderful book about Africa. Despite PM's pretentiousness and mild racism I love his writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elza | 6/13/2012

    " I always enjoy what I read by Peter Matthiessen, this one especially because I love Africa. Great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Divya | 5/28/2012

    " One of the best ever books I have read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 2/19/2012

    " Interesting. I may be biased in that Matthiessen's "Snow Leopard" was so incredible that I've wanted him to reach that height again and so far I haven't found a book of his that has. This is still a fine read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 2/7/2012

    " I listened to this book and it was like listening to a beautiful painting of Africa "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 9/10/2011

    " Descriptions beautiful. Attitudes towards Africans probably typical for the time, but hard to accept today "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merilee | 4/2/2011

    " I read this when it first came out - over thirty years ago - and I'm inspired to read it again along with Matthiessen's Snow Leopard. This has absolutely gorgeous photos by Eliot Porter, of Sierra Club calendar fame. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 2/19/2011

    " One of the most inspiring books I've ever read. Peter Matthiessen captures the beauty and essence of the African savannah from the start, a place that is dear to me and where I grew up. thanks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 10/28/2010

    " Descriptions beautiful. Attitudes towards Africans probably typical for the time, but hard to accept today "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merilee | 10/16/2010

    " I read this when it first came out - over thirty years ago - and I'm inspired to read it again along with Matthiessen's Snow Leopard. This has absolutely gorgeous photos by Eliot Porter, of Sierra Club calendar fame. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 2/14/2010

    " One of the most inspiring books I've ever read. Peter Matthiessen captures the beauty and essence of the African savannah from the start, a place that is dear to me and where I grew up. thanks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucia | 10/28/2009

    " wonderful book about Africa. Despite PM's pretentiousness and mild racism I love his writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 2/25/2009

    " Interesting. I may be biased in that Matthiessen's "Snow Leopard" was so incredible that I've wanted him to reach that height again and so far I haven't found a book of his that has. This is still a fine read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 4/30/2008

    " I loaned this book to a friend who was heading to Africa on safari. She found it very good preparatory reading.
    I liked it very much myself, but there isn't a word this man has written that isn't engaging. "

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About the Author
Author Peter MatthiessenPeter Matthiessen was the cofounder of the Paris Review and is the author of numerous works of nonfiction, including In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, Indian Country, and The Snow Leopard, winner of the National Book Award.
About the Narrator

Dion Graham, from HBO’s The Wire, also narrates The First 48 on A&E. Winner of dozens of Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. His performances have been praised as thoughtful and compelling, vivid and full of life.