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Heart of Darkness

Narrated by: Michael Scott
Length: 4 hrs
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Summary

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. In this audiobook, Marlow, a sea captain on a ship at anchor, retells a story of his assignment upon a steamer ship in the Congo to a group of his ship mates. During his mission he is asked to retrieve and return Kurtz, an ivory hunter with a resounding reputation where ever his name is mentioned, who delivers more ivory than all the other stations combined, and who has a reverenced effect on the natives. Passages and references from the book are sprinkled through other writings and "The Heart of Darkness" was the base content for the movie "Apocalypse Now" by Francis Ford Coppola.

©2018 Joseph Conrad (P)2018 AB Books

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No, No, No!

2 minutes in was enough, it's Thames not Tames, and Gravesend not Gravesand!
Sorry but this was too much for me, and I have a better version of this anyway!

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Read like the trailer voice guy

I just can't listen anymore. The audio book is cheap but not worth the price unfortunately. I wish it was read like a proper narrator.

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  • 31-12-18

Doesn’t hold up

I had read Heart of Darkness many years ago while an English major in college. Needless to say, we analyzed it thoroughly back then. I’ve come back to it years later to see, if after living a full life, I would feel it to be worthy of the admiration of my long-ago professor. Unfortunately, the world and passing time relegate it to an era of different values and sensibilities. Although this may have been a great novel once, it is just a curiosity now, best read as an insight into not only imperialism but lingering attitudes and perceptions .

This Audible version is poor, I think. Although I know the story, I found the narration confusing, and though the narrato’s voice was pleasant enough, after a while my sole purpose in continuing was in waiting for his next egregious mispronunciation. I urge anyone reading this book for the first time to get the actual book, read it at your own speed, go back and reread those passages that seem relevant to you. This Audible version is worth skipping.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-07-19

Sounds like a computer reading

The narrator sounds like a computer. Very difficult to listen to. I recommend finding another version.