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4.00012084592145 out of 54.00012084592145 out of 54.00012084592145 out of 54.00012084592145 out of 54.00012084592145 out of 5 4.00 (8,275 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Beryl Markham Narrator: Julie Harris Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2013 ISBN: 9781482973723
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The dramatic true story of a remarkable woman growing up in Africa in the 1920s: the excitement of big game hunting and horse training, and the first solo flight across the Atlantic from east to west. It’s named one of the ten greatest adventure books of all time, as selected by a panel assembled by National Geographic Adventure.

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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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg Winterbutn | 9/20/2017

    " West with the Night is the best written book I have ever read. You will be drawn in and overwhelmed with awe at the story, how it is written, and Julie Harris's narration is the best I have ever heard for an audiobook. Beryl Markham's life and her experiences growing up in Africa, hunting with the Maasai when she was ten years old, being mauled by a lion, becoming a horse trainer, racing horses, and becoming a world famous pilot will amaze young and old. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 2/20/2014

    " I'm torn between it's "beautifully written" vs "overwritten". With much judicious skipping, it is quite enjoyable, however. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denisef | 2/17/2014

    " amazing story about/by an amazing woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 2/10/2014

    " Despite the fact that there is some controversy as to whether this book was in fact written by Markham, I recommend it. It has beautiful prose and is a must-read for all adventurous women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Päivi Brink | 2/6/2014

    " Wonderful book about childhood in Kenya in the 20s and life as a pilot in the 30s! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Berkeley | 2/3/2014

    " SO GOOD. An amazing woman, especially for her time. Reminiscent of Out of Africa, but (dare I say) Markham has more moments of surprising beauty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorna Collins | 1/25/2014

    " Well written and fascinating. however, later reading revealed that there is some question about whether or not she actually wrote the book. Nevertheless, it is interesting - particularly if you've read or seen "Out of Africa." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvonne | 1/23/2014

    " The author was a remarkable woman. Her life was fascinating "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim Painter | 1/22/2014

    " An interesting book about a woman with a lot of courage. She is a flyer who does a lot of daring things for her time. A must read if you are interested in aviation history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andi | 1/20/2014

    " Amazing story of a woman's life in Africa in the early 1900's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Malcolm Alexander | 1/19/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 1/11/2014

    " This woman was fearless and fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 12/8/2013

    " Wonderful descriptions of flying, so well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wanda Brenni | 11/20/2013

    " OhI love this book of an independent spirit who seemed to know no fear and has an eloquent voice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxann | 11/7/2013

    " Love Beryl Markham. I think I read this after seeing Out of Africa so many years ago, which started me reading everything I could get my hands on by Markham and Isak Dinesen. Strong women, colonial Africa, exotic reads. Especially loved West with the Night because of the stories of early flight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy Vose | 8/19/2013

    " The book could have been half its size and I would have given it 5 stars. I loved the stories but didn't care for all the filler. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 8/5/2013

    " She's an absolutely brilliant writer. This is a beautiful book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 6/1/2013

    " I'll have to agree with Ernest Hemingway's review of this book. I was fascinated that she (supposedly) was Felicity in "Out of Africa". What an amazing life she had; what a fantastic writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 11/25/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book! It must have been a great time to be young and adventurous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 10/13/2012

    " A very enjoyable book...can't wait to read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 8/10/2012

    " Not only is the subject matter interesting (an autobiography of a woman bush pilot in Africa who becomes the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic), but the prose is absolutely beautiful. I highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mgdor | 6/22/2012

    " An amazing literary piece. Remarkable writing and the story of this woman's life is impressive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zakariah Johnson | 6/15/2012

    " One of the books that made me go to Africa. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trisha | 3/3/2012

    " Wow. She's real? Amazing life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John L Evans | 9/21/2011

    " Wonderful first person narrative of an aviation pioneer in the 1930s. She flew supplies across africa when an airstrip was wherever a plane could land and the plane's were fueled from cans. The writing itself is beautiful. This woman could have been a world class writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marius van Blerck | 8/22/2011

    " Atmospheric, wonderfully written, and a ripping good yarn - great stuff! "

  • 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

Julie Harris is one of America’s most versatile and gifted performers. She starred as Lilimae Clements in the popular series Knots Landing. She is best known to theater audiences for her Tony Award–winning portrayal of poet Emily Dickinson in the one-woman show The Belle of Amherst.