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Heart of Darkness

Narrated by: Alan Munro
Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
3.2 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Summary

Although Heart of Darkness was one of the first literary texts to provide a critical view of European imperial activities, it was initially read by critics as anything but controversial. While the book was generally admired, it was typically seen either as a condemnation of a certain type of adventurer who could easily take advantage of imperialism’s opportunities, or else as a sentimental novel reinforcing domestic values: Kurtz’s Intended, who appears at the novella’s conclusion, was roundly praised by turn-of-the-century reviewers for her maturity and sentimental appeal. A classic.

Public Domain (P)2013 Trout Lake Media

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Terrible narration

Great classic book but ruined by the very odd narration that sounds like it has been done by a computer rather than a person!

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Difficult to hear

What disappointed you about Heart of Darkness?

Alan Munro often seemed to mumble and there was an ironic tone to his voice that didn't fit with the text.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Alan Munro?

I see there's a Kenneth Brannagh version. I wish I'd listened to that instead.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

There's no problem with the book which is a classic.

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Can we have a human narrator please?

Would you try another book written by Joseph Conrad or narrated by Alan Munro?

Who is Alan Munro? Is he a computer program? Why is the quality of the recording so poor and the voice so robot-like?

Would you be willing to try another one of Alan Munro’s performances?

Not if it sounds the same as this

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If your SatNav read you a book...

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the book had been read by almost anyone else

Would you be willing to try another book from Joseph Conrad? Why or why not?

Probably not, Conrad's writing style and subject matter didn't appeal to me.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

This was the most appalling reading of any audio book I've ever listened to, I mean it was really bad. I've genuinely listened to better readings from Librvox.

The narrators intonation was all over the place, he sounded like he was doing an incredibly bad impression of William Shatner with high's and low's all in the wrong place, pauses where there shouldn't be any and generally didn't pay attention to any of the punctuation in the text. It actually sounded like a computer programmed voice from the 80's as if Stephen Hawkin had decided to read us a story.

Normally I can live with a narrator even when they're not that great, but in this case, all I could focus on was how poorly the book was being read which completely detracted from the text. Poor job, spend a bit more money to get one of the better recordings if you want to stand a chance of enjoying this novella.

What character would you cut from Heart of Darkness?

Kurtz - he's hardly in it despite the fact that he's the main reason for the journey!

Any additional comments?

I feel cheated!

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too slow little story poor characterisation politically motivated reads like a bad dream that you just want to end

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monotonous tones breed irritation

monotonous tones breed irritation. poorly read and difficult to follow due to this. 15 words.

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Good hard to follow

I think I would have enjoyed this alot more with a different voice actor. I found monotonous tone hard to follow which stopped me getting into the book.

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A masterpiece on paper and on the silver screen

A priceless assessment of human nature and how absolute power corrupts absolutely. In particular, how war ultimately dehumanizes

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dated classic

time has moves on and only the wonderful description has survied the transition. too long and languishing for modem liseners.

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Avoid Alan Munro

I really don't understand why this narrator is so regularly employed. This book is close to unlistenable. He sounds very much like he is reading the words without any sense of comprehension whatsoever.

It's like listening to a Korean pop singer mouth English lyrics they obviously do not understand.

Awful. Avoid anything narrated by Alan Munro. Sadly, he's been employed to read a large amount of classics.

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  • uclatico
  • 21-08-15

Great Story, Poor Performance

Would you be willing to try another one of Alan Munro’s performances?

ONLY if it's a physics book.

Any additional comments?

The good story gets lost in the monotone performance of the narrator.

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  • bracken
  • 23-02-14

I CANNOT LISTEN TO THIS NARRATOR!

I don't know how the story is because I cannot.......tolerate listening....to......all his unnecessary. ......pauses. WORST NARRATOR EVER!

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  • Dillon Lockwood
  • 31-08-17

Horrible performance

This guy has a great voice but reads like an 8th grade theater student. He puts really inappropriate, dramatic inflection on random words. He ignores the punctuation marks of (pretty much) every single sentence and adds his own. I had to restart this simple, short book 3-4 times and ultimately gave up. No point in finishing it when everything sounds like gibberish.

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  • heather walter
  • 17-04-18

Not a good narration

I couldn’t tell, based the narrator’s tone, if someone was getting killed or awakening from a nap. Hard to follow as a result. I’ll need to read this one, I think.

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  • SilverLux
  • 09-10-18

Unbearable, Painful, Pointless

I stopped listening after 5 minutes and decided just to read the book. It's a fantastic book but this reading, by this narrator, was the worst that I have ever heard. I just finished listening to Joe Morton reading Ralph Ellison's, "Invisible Man" and that absolutely phenomenal. Munro's reading here is everything that is rotten and lifeless. He should have been stopped after 1 minute. Why even offer this for sale? It was only a dollar and now I know why. I deserved this for being cheap so just leave the pain with me and look somewhere else. You deserve better.

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  • Oliver
  • 25-09-18

terrible narrator

I don't stop listening to many books and I'll try to give even most dry ones a chance. This narrator just put me to sleep though.

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  • Marie Nicole
  • 27-07-15

mmoki

Would you try another book from Joseph Conrad and/or Alan Munro?

I would order another book from Joseph Conrad, sure. However, Alan Munro is horrible.

What didn’t you like about Alan Munro’s performance?

This is a horrible narration. The reader is hard to understand because his tone, pace, and style is off. This narration is one step above a computer-based reading program.

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  • Jed B
  • 12-05-15

Poorly matched

Alan Munro's husky baritone & halting drone do this story no justice. The stately pacing does lend gravity, but the whispered consonants are muddied over by the density of the vowels. Sometimes, Munro seems to have fallen in love with the grandeur of his own voice--throwing in pauses for style, rather than meaning. The story itself is wonderfully layered atmosphere, social criticism, and historical fiction. Plot is secondary, but is not missed.

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  • Pen Name
  • 20-06-20

Awful

Ive never left a bad review before, but out of the nearly 100 books in my audible library this was awful on so many levels. The author was way too descriptive. This story could have been told in a third of the time it took and would have been much better. I lost the story multiple times because of his efforts to wax poetic while describing every scene, face, and emotion. This was made worse by the narrator’s 2-3 word burst style of reading that made it like listening to a Siri read to me. Granted, he had a nice voice and spoke well, but it was far too mechanical for me. Then, and this is no fault of the author or narrator, the story had been built up to me as some significant piece of literature, but turned out to be something far less interesting than I had hoped. Maybe if I had read it in a book it might have been appreciated, but even though I have returned a handful of books to audible for refunds, this one listen proved to be a complete let down like none before it and if this were my first audio book experience I never would have fallen in love with this way of consuming books.

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  • Petr Stryk
  • 23-01-20

Terrible narration - dont buy this version!

I probably would have given the book 3 stars anyway, as the story was not as fascinating, but zhanks to the narrator in the book which I had - Alan Munroe narrator, by Audible - was a disastrous experience. Pausing where not suitable, destroying suspence by fadness on the other hand. At times I thought he must have been doing three other things while reading.