Joseph Conrad
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Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad (originally Józef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski) was born in the Ukraine in 1857 and grew up under Tsarist autocracy. His parents, ardent Polish patriots, died when he was a child, following their exile for anti-Russian activities, and he came under the protection of his tradition-conscious uncle, Thaddeus Bobrowski, who watched over him for the next twenty-five years. In 1874 Bobrowski conceded to his nephew's passionate desire to go to sea, and Conrad travelled to Marseilles, where he served in French merchant vessels before joining a British ship in 1878 as an apprentice. In 1886 he obtained British nationality and his Master's certificate in the British Merchant Service. Eight years later he left the sea to devote himself to writing, publishing his first novel, Almayer's Folly, in 1895. The following year he married Jessie George and eventually settled in Kent, where he produced within fifteen years such modern classics as Youth, Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, Typhoon, Nostromo, The Secret Agent and Under Western Eyes. He continued to write until his death in 1924. Today Conrad is generally regarded as one of the greatest writers of fiction in English - his third language.

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    • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
    • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,129
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 987
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 982

    This significant piece of literature by Joseph Conrad is a moody, symbolic narrative that follows Charles Marlow as he retells his early days as a steamboat captain on the Congo River....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Haunting and beautiful

    • By S. Goodyear on 13-04-16

    Regular price: £13.79

    • The Secret Agent

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: David Horovitch
    • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent is a tale of anarchism, espionage and terrorism. Our agent, a man named Mr Verloc, minds his own business while he keeps his shop in London's Soho....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A different kind of Conrad.

    • By Irene on 21-05-16

    Regular price: £22.89

    • Heart of Darkness

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: David Horovitch
    • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    Established as one of the great English novels, and a story of mythic power, Heart of Darkness is rich in meaning – allusive, enthralling, and haunting....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Symbolic of culture and human nature

    • By Amazon Customer on 26-10-17

    Regular price: £13.79

    • Heart of Darkness

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: Michael Scott
    • Length: 4 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    This classic tale of intrigue, mystery and adventure takes place on the ivory harvesting and trade route in the Congo, in the depths of Africa...

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • No, No, No!

    • By Niccolò Machiavelli on 24-03-19

    Regular price: £0.89

    • The Secret Agent

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Secret agent Mr. Adolph Verloc operates from a seedy Soho shop. When he's assigned to plant a bomb at Greenwich Observatory, his plans go terribly awry....

    Regular price: £22.89

    • Heart of Darkness

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: Toby Stephens
    • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness is an exploration of the nature of evil and how far a man can go towards it when released from the constraints of what can be called civilisation....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Tough, but worthwhile.

    • By Amazon Customer on 13-07-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Lord Jim (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: Chris MacDonnell
    • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 2

    When Jim, a young merchant seaman, joins a ship carrying Muslims to Mecca, he's flush with heroic daydreams. But after only a few days aboard, the Patna hits something in the night and begins to take on water. In a crucial moment that tests his courage, Jim cowers and abandons ship....

    Regular price: £27.49

    • Under Western Eyes

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
    • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    Under Western Eyes, Joseph Conrad's novel of political treachery and oppression, of betrayal, guilt, and intrigue, begins with a bomb that kills its intended target....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping spy thriller

    • By Sydney on 20-08-11

    Regular price: £18.29

    • Lord Jim

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    From his many years on the high seas as a mariner, mate, and captain, Joseph Conrad created unique works, including Heart of Darkness, that have left an indelible mark on world literature....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • I want to return this book but cannot find how to

    • By Brocklebank Malcolm A V on 10-09-13

    Regular price: £27.49

    • The Secret Agent

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: David Threlfall
    • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 72

    Exclusively from Audible. The Secret Agent is based on an actual attempt made in 1894 to blow up the Greenwich Observatory....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Faulty product

    • By Steven on 25-08-16

    Regular price: £19.99

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