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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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Unlistenable

Terrible narration. As others have said, it sounds computer-generated - as if the narrator has spoken the dictionary and the words have then been put in the correct order. Tone, pacing, and emphasis are all wrong.

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Awful narration

The narration sounds like a computer generated voice, so bad I couldn't listen to it and that's why it was 78p I guess?

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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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  • RebDi
  • 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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  • Douglas Golding
  • 14-07-19

Sounds like a computer reading

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

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  • Wayne R. Hayes
  • 11-08-20

Tragic injustice

How could you? And to one of the greatest works of modern English, allow a non-native speaker to muddle through such artistry? Whoever was reading can’t pronounce the final D on almost any word. Hence “wild” comes off as “while”. Worse, a number of other words beloved by Conrad, such as “tenebrous” get mispronounces altogether into “tenebrious”. Please before any young person who hasn’t encountered this masterpiece has their first experience with Conrad driven onto the sharp rocks, delete this recording and have someone who knows and can render the work justice re-record it.

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  • DBB
  • 16-07-20

Horrible pronunciation

This narrator read “Essick” for “Essex,”
“Tames” for “Thames” twice, and “diaphonious” for “diaphanous,” and that was just on the first page.

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  • Danielle
  • 24-04-20

Highly revered novel with robotic narration. Ugh!

I’ve made it a priority to read at least one classic novel a month. I have a friend who looked at several different lists to compile a top 100 novels of all time ultimate list. Anyway, The Heart if Darkness is on the list, but I can’t get through it! And it’s so short! I’ve read Don Quixote for goodness sake, and can’t get through this.

Here’s the problem with the narration. There is a tendency for narration where every word is over-pronounced. Every word is enunciated enthusiastically, along with every other word. It’s like the narrator doesn’t know what the words even mean and doesn’t have any respect for the natural flow of a sentence or a thought. Every word is pronounced emphatically with no change in tone or inflection or volume or speed throughout the entire sentence - throughout the entire book! And I can’t stand it any more!

So many books are narrated this way. From now on, I’m just going to have to listen more closely to the sample or return the book if it’s bad. I find that books narrated by the authors themselves and books narrated by actors are much more satisfying to listen to.

As for this book, I’ll give it another shot and read it myself. It is a top 100 book, after all, I am sure it has some redeeming qualities. haha

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  • jaruca
  • 15-04-20

man I love class readings :)))

Gist of the book is that the protagonist ends up in the barbaric wilds and sees the evil there. It's literally just that for the whole book.