Leaving Before the Rains Come

  • by Alexandra Fuller
  • Narrated by Alexandra Fuller
  • 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As her marriage collapses, the author of the international best-seller Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight relearns the fearless ways of her father to find her own true north. Standing in the wreckage of her marriage, in her adopted country America, Alexandra Fuller revisits the continent she loves and finds in her father's harsh, simple, and uncompromising ways the key to her salvation. Casting a fresh eye on her parent's boisterous strengths and debilitating weaknesses, painting a vivid picture of America at the end of decades of false certainty and security, and revealing her Africa, vital and resilient, Leave Before the Rains Come is an astonishment - a memoir of such grace and intelligence, wit, and courage that only Alexandra Fuller could have written it.


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Would you try another book from Alexandra Fuller and/or Alexandra Fuller?

I have read 3 of her books which I thoroughly enjoyed. Can't imagine I would want to read anymore from this author.

What was most disappointing about Alexandra Fuller’s story?

All the previous books have been about the adventures with her family in different countries in Africa. This one was mostly about her failing relationship with her husband. It was constant and thoroughly depressing.

What didn’t you like about Alexandra Fuller’s performance?

I have listened to her narrate her own books before and she was fine. This time she seemed to have lost all her enthusiasm as she related the failure of her relationship with her husband. It was a joyless experience.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Leaving Before the Rains Come?

All the parts about her failing marriage. Surely a novel is to entertain or at least inform and educate, this did neither.

Any additional comments?

I think my disappointment comes from the fact that I had so enjoyed her stories about her family life in Africa and that there was so little of that in this book. If Ms Fuller has run out of personal stories then she needs to start inventing them. Writers do it all the time.
It's called fiction.

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- Rosalind "Say something about yourself!"


After the first couple of chapters, the remainder of the book is devoted to a marriage falling apart. I would have preferred more about life in Africa.
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- sandi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-22-2015
  • Publisher: Recorded Books