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I almost gave up listening several times, despite being gripped by the real life story of Beryl Markham, who lived an extraordinary life in Africa, contemperary of the more famous Karen Blixen (Out of Africa). Unfortunately I found the narrator extremely off-putting, over-enunciating and way too 'put on posh' for my taste, and what I believe would suit the story. Yes, Beryl was undoubtedly English upper class but she could never be this prissy!
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There are not many books that are able to accurately describe Kenya but this hits the nail on the head. Having been born in Nairobi and lived within a mile of Karen Blixen’s house, the author manages to draw the very best of what it was like to grow up in this beautiful place. It made me feel homesick and long to be back there.
The only thing I found offputting about this audio book was the narrator’s overly exaggerated cut glass voice.
I would highly recommend this book and felt sad when it came to an end.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
It is an excellent book based on the remarkable life of Berylk Markham. It has everyithing abandonment by a mother adoring a father not just coping but managing her life. Romance tragedy survival against all odds. A life as interesting if not more so than that of Karen Bliksen and Her Out of Africa book.
What other book might you compare Circling the Sun to and why?
Out of Africa by Karen Bliksen
Which character – as performed by Suzannah Hampton – was your favorite?
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
BERYL MARKHAM - Circling the Sun it needs nothing different
Any additional comments?
The author's note explains her obvious feeling for her character.
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