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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (8,274 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Beryl Markham Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781504627535
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This beautifully written autobiography brings us the remarkable life story of Beryl Markham, the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west. Brought up on a farm in Kenya, Markham chose to stay in Africa when, at seventeen, her father lost their farm and went to Peru. She began an apprenticeship as a racehorse trainer which turned into a highly successful career. In her twenties, Markham gave up horses for airplanes and became the first woman in East Africa to be granted a commercial pilot’s license, piloting passengers and supplies in a small plane to remote corners of Africa.

As rich and inspiring as when it was first written, West with the Night captures the spirit of a true pioneer woman.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Did you read Beryl Markham’s book, West with the Night?…She has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer…I wish you would get it and read it because it is really a bloody wonderful book.”

    Ernest Hemingway, in a letter to Maxwell Perkins

  • “Much more than a pilot’s memoir, West with the Night is a wise, funny, and inspiring exploration of a life well lived.”

    Nation

  • “In a memoir almost lyrical in quality, Beryl Markham shares the story of her remarkable life…Markham’s rich and poetic passages are deftly caressed by narrator Anna Fields…Especially notable are Fields’ portrayal of Africans, her wistful humor, and her reverence for nature.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eryn Paull | 2/14/2014

    " This is a lavishly told story of adventure, courage, and heartbreak, and every word is true. Beryl Markham is my personal hero! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nan | 2/9/2014

    " There is a lot of description and not enough action for me, but an interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/29/2014

    " Markham's autobiographical recounting of her years in Africa is written beautifully. Her style is smooth with many rich metaphors, but also with a nice humor. Having read many stories set in Africa recently, the recounting of her childhood reminds me much of The Flame Trees of Thika. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtnay | 1/21/2014

    " Beryl Markham lived a truly unique life in Africa and her book is a captivating glimpse at it. Littered throughout with Swahili phrases, her writing feels very authentic. She was a brave female pilot and even though she helped poach elephants at one point, you still want to love her somehow. I forgive you, Beryl! Your life was a journey and you captured it in this beautiful diary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Luu | 1/20/2014

    " Usually this genre (part travelogue, part biography) isn't what interests me but it was recommended and I was pleasantly surprised. The writing style is clean and crisp. If it's praised by Hemingway, who's to blame? She avoided any mention of the Happy Valley set, which may or may not have been apropriate for her goals. I would have liked to have read about them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Chesley | 1/18/2014

    " Great Book amazing how much this women accomplished during the era she lived in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anta Beinerte | 1/7/2014

    " Interesting book about the first aviatrix to cross the Atlantic from England to Nova Scotia. Even though it was published in 1942, it's still fascinating reading today. Beryl Markham seemed to be able to do it all and I wonder why we hear so little of her and more of Amelia Earhart. Much has been written whether she actually wrote the book herself, arguements for and against both seem valid and I am firmly on the fence at the moment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neeta | 12/20/2013

    " Memoir about a woman (of English origin) and her life growing up with her father and becoming a pilot in Africa. I like the part in the book when she is little and goes hunting with the natives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maughn Gregory | 12/18/2013

    " Don't know how many times I've read this book -- one of the most beautiful books I know. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie Gaston | 12/14/2013

    " An autobiographical account of live as a woman pilot in the early stages of aviation, this book is set mostly in Africa. It is a wonderful and insightful look at the social morays of a time gone by. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Jordan | 10/31/2013

    " One of our earlier book club books. The autobiography of Beryl Markham who became one of the first woman pilots in Africa. She was fearless...very inspirational. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheridan | 9/26/2013

    " Interesting memoir of a female pilot in the early 1900's. She grew up in East Africa and the adventures she had were truly amazing. I am going to have my 14 year old read it. He loves airplanes and adventures so I know he will enjoy this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy MAC | 7/20/2013

    " she writes better than hemingway "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 7/19/2013

    " I don't even care that Beryl Markham did not, in all likelihood, write this book. I don't even care that she was difficult to empathize with. It was wonderfully written about Africa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anda Marie | 6/25/2013

    " Took me 4 months to read, but not for want of loveliness. So nice to read a book written 70 years ago. Simpler times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 6/10/2013

    " So much adventure in this woman's life that its hard to remember its nonfiction! Well written and very interesting. There doesn't seem to be a real start and end to the story, but the many stories of adventures are riveting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 5/21/2013

    " Outstanding book, and a true story....what a life "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 4/21/2013

    " I really like it when she was telling a story of a memory, but when she went on these long drawn out descriptions of her surroundings I kind of tuned out. Just seemed like it was trying to be something it was not. It's a great story any way and I would recommend it to anyone interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Malcolm Alexander | 2/3/2013

    " This amazing woman of the past century could really turn a phrase as well as fly an airplane. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Rose | 9/7/2012

    " Loved this true story ! Adventure, commitment, Africa ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen M | 4/24/2012

    " Beryl Markham's autobiography is a compelling story of a woman in a man's continent. What our book club found even more interesting was the compelling personal information she left out about her family, her husbands and her lovers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 1/3/2012

    " A memoir by an adventurous and fearless woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger | 12/25/2011

    " A beautifully written memoir/autobiography about a female aviator in Africa in the early part of the 20th Century. Fans out "Out of Africa" will enjoy this unusual book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 9/3/2011

    " I loved the descriptions of Africa. The descriptions of the people who fill the story were a little less vivid, but it was still a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 8/30/2011

    " I am willinglyre-reading this book for a book group. It is the story of a woman raised in Africa, her adventures and tales of being a bush pilot. The writing is exquisit. More later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janette | 8/29/2011

    " Wow, gorgeous prose. Interesting life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretchen Busick | 6/27/2011

    " Great description of Africa in the mid- 30's. The life of a woman pilot who flew in the bush of Africa and tracked elephant for hunters. It was written so well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 6/20/2011

    " Read many years ago 15 or 20 then read again for our book club. Awesome true story. Takes place in Africa. She was an amazing woman altho quite self center. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 6/18/2011

    " gift from paul. amazingly strong woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 5/30/2011

    " HYad to read this for a course. It was very good. All about her flying adventures in Africa and growing up there as a white colonial "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jec | 5/21/2011

    " i know there seems to be some controversy over the true author of this book....that being said i have chosen to believe it is her story... told by the woman who lived it. captivatingly beautiful. this may be as close to africa as many of us will ever get ... don't miss your flight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynsie | 5/20/2011

    " Oh my dear Goodreads friends.....RUN, do not walk, and get this book! The writing is absolutely exquisite and I could not get enough! Enough said. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 5/20/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. It was well written and interesting to hear about her life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 5/15/2011

    " Excellent memoir of the first person to cross the Atlantic East to West from England to North America. Her life was otherwise fascinating as she grew up in colonial British East Africa, was a horse trainer and a bush pilot. "

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About the Author
Author Beryl Markham

Beryl Markham (1902–1986), born in England, was taken by her father to East Africa in 1906. She spent her childhood playing with native Maruni children and apprenticing with her father as a trainer and breeder of racehorses. In the 1930s, she became an African bush pilot, and in September 1936, became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west.

About the Narrator

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.