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  • Out of Africa & Shadows on the Grass

  • By: Isak Dineson
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

In this audiobook, the author of Seven Gothic Tales gives a true account of her life on her plantation in Kenya. She tells with classic simplicity of the ways of the country and the natives; of the beauty of the Ngong Hills and coffee trees in blossom; of her guests, from the Prince of Wales to Knudsen, the old charcoal burner, who visited her; of primitive festivals; of big game that were her near neighbors - lions, rhinos, elephants, zebras, buffaloes; and of Lulu, the little gazelle who came to live with her, unbelievably ladylike and beautiful.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect for Africa!

  • By Caroline Lawrence on 18-01-17

A wonderful literary and audio experience

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-18

Karen Blixen's writings are captivating, beautifully detailed, sensory, and sometimes magical. It it amazing that one person could have had so many and such diverse experiences as Blixon had during her time in Africa. She romantices nothing and tells her stories with great authenticity when one considers the time and ethos of writing. Her approach is obviously questionable today because of how she addressed and viewed the local populations, especially the othering (almost dehumanization) of Africa's indigenous people. It makes one very uncomfortable on many occasions but it is relevant to experience it to gain more insight into the biases and prejudices that collonial settlers brought with them. The discomfort provides one with a better understanding of this sad part of Africa's history.

The narrator did an excellent job of portraying Blixen's personality. Her intonation and accent sounds uncanningly like several of my Danish friends. Every second of the the 16 hours and 35 minutes was captivating and time well spent. I will surely listen to this audio book again just like I re-read the original books several times over the years.