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  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh | Joseph Conrad

    Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh
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    A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

    S. Goodyear says: "Haunting and beautiful"
  • Heart of Darkness | Joseph Conrad

    Heart of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
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    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.

    Pippa says: "Terrible narration"
  • The Secret Agent | Joseph Conrad

    The Secret Agent

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By David Threlfall
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    Exclusively from Audible. The Secret Agent is based on an actual attempt made in 1894 to blow up the Greenwich Observatory. A labyrinth of greed, corruption, and betrayal, it is the most darkly humorous of all Conrad's tales. It follows a European secret agent, Adolf Verloc, 'a London shop owner' with anarchist leanings who becomes reluctantly involved in a plot to blow up the Greenwich Observatory. Full of great characters, melodramatic irony and psychological intrigue the tale is far from simple....

    Steven says: "Faulty product"
  • Heart of Darkness (AmazonClassics Edition) | Joseph Conrad

    Heart of Darkness (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Chris MacDonnell
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    River steamboat captain Charles Marlow has set forth on the Congo in Africa to find the enigmatic European trader Mr. Kurtz. Preceded by his reputation as a brilliant emissary of progress, Kurtz has now established himself as a god among the natives in "one of the darkest places on earth." Marlow suspects something else of Kurtz: he has gone mad.

  • Heart of Darkness | Joseph Conrad

    Heart of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Toby Stephens
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    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. Before beginning his life as a writer at the age of 36, Conrad spent 16 years as a merchant seaman. In 1889 he became captain of a steamboat in the Congo Free State, and the atrocities he witnessed there, perpetrated by the representatives of the Belgian colonial powers, led him to write what he called his Congo Diary.

  • The Secret Agent | Joseph Conrad

    The Secret Agent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
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    Our agent, a man named Mr Verloc, minds his own business while he keeps his shop in London's Soho, alongside his wife, who attends to her aged mother and disabled brother. Their lives are turned upside down when Verloc is reluctantly employed to plant a bomb and destroy an observatory in London. What was once the perfect bomb plot inevitably turns awry and Verloc, his family and his associates are forced to face the consequences.

    Irene says: "A different kind of Conrad."
  • Fifteen Great Novellas | Joseph Conrad,Thomas Hardy,Arthur Conan Doyle,Robert Louis Stevenson,D. H. Lawrence,H. Rider Haggard,John Buchan

    Fifteen Great Novellas

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad, Thomas Hardy, Arthur Conan Doyle, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A wonderful anthology of 15 of the great classic Novellas. 1. Immensee by Theodor Storm 2. The Jew's Beech Tree by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff 3. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad 4. The Withered Arm by Thomas Hardy 5. Mad Monkton by Wilkie Collins 6. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson 7. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot 8. England my England by D. H. Lawrence

  • Nostromo | Joseph Conrad

    Nostromo

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
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    Set in the fictional South American country of Costaguana, Nostromo explores the volatile politics and crippling greed surrounding the San Tomé silver mine. The story of power, love, revolutions, loyalty and reward is told with richly evocative description and brilliantly realised characters. But Nostromo is more than an adventure story; it is also a profoundly dark moral fable. Its language is as compellingly resonant as the sea itself; the characters absorbing and complex.

    Stevie says: "A great story well told"
  • Lord Jim | Joseph Conrad

    Lord Jim

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By David McCallion
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    Lord Jim is considered by many to be one of the greatest novels published in the 20th century. At its core, Lord Jim is a story of conscience and what can happen if one forgets one's honor and turns one's back on one's fellow man.

  • Heart of Darkness | Joseph Conrad

    Heart of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Bob Neufeld
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    Before its 1902 publication, "Heart of Darkness" appeared as a three part series (1899) in "Blackwood's Magazine". It was classified by the Modern Library website editors as one of the "100 best novels" and part of the Western canon. The story centers on Charles Marlow, who narrates most of the book. He is an Englishman who takes a foreign assignment from a Belgian trading company as a river boat captain in Africa.

  • The Secret Agent | Joseph Conrad

    The Secret Agent

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
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    This classic precursor to the modern day spy novel was recently in headlines when it was revealed that the Unabomber drew considerable inspiration from its prophetic portrait of terrorism. Written in 1907 and set in Edwardian London, The Secret Agent resonates just as strongly in today's world, where a handful of fanatics can still play mad politics and victimize the innocent.

  • Lord Jim | Joseph Conrad

    Lord Jim

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
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    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. First published in 1899, his haunting novel Lord Jim is both a riveting sea adventure and a fascinating portrait of a unique outcast from civilization.

    Brocklebank Malcolm A V says: "I want to return this book but cannot find how to"
  • Lord Jim | Joseph Conrad

    Lord Jim

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Nigel Graham
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    The story tells of Jim, a young, good-looking, genial, and naive water-clerk on the Patna, a cargo ship plying Asian waters. One night, when the ship collides with an obstacle and begins to sink, acting on impulse, Jim jumps overboard and lands in a lifeboat, which happens to be bearing the unscrupulous captain and his cohorts away from the disaster.

    William says: "Marlow brought to life"
  • Heart of Darkness | Joseph Conrad

    Heart of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Brian Hall
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    Exposing the tense relations between white colonists and African natives, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad explores the history of European colonialism in Africa, which has been known for many reasons as the Dark Continent. The book is framed as a story that is being recounted, focusing on a sailor named Marlow who is employed by an ivory trading company, known simply as the Company.

  • Great Classic Ghost Stories | Arthur Conan Doyle,Rudyard Kipling, Lord Halifax,Edgar Allan Poe,Stacy Aumonier,M. R. James,Joseph Conrad

    Great Classic Ghost Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling, Lord Halifax, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A superb collection of classic ghost stories from the world's great storytellers. 1. "Lot No. 249" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 2. "The Phantom Rickshaw" by Rudyard Kipling. 3. "The Haunted Dolls’ House" by M. R James. 4. "Ligeia" by Edgar Allan Poe. 5. "The Monkey’s Paw" by W. W. Jacobs. 6. "The Finest Story in the World" by Rudyard Kipling. 7. "The Apparition of Mrs. Veal" by Daniel Defoe. 8. "Metzengerstein" by Edgar Allan Poe. 9. "They" by Rudyard Kipling. 10. "Labadoyere’s Doom" by Lord Halifax. 11. "Lost in a Pyramid" by Louisa May Alcott. And more...

    Qaestor says: "Long slow stuff"
  • Frankenstein, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Time Machine, War of the Worlds: Plus Bonus Books | Mary Shelley,H. G. Wells,Robert Louis Stevenson,Joseph Conrad

    Frankenstein, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Time Machine, War of the Worlds: Plus Bonus Books

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley, H. G. Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson, and others
    • Narrated By Korey Samuel, Mark Neilson, Christine Hughes, and others
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    In this program, you will receive unabridged recordings.

    nero5 says: "Volunteer Recordings (Librivox) Are Free Elsewhere"
  • Heart of Darkness | Joseph Conrad

    Heart of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Greg Wagland
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    In fading light on the Thames Estuary near London, as Charles Marlow and his companions relax on deck, waiting for the turn of the tide, he tells of the time he turned ‘freshwater sailor’ on the River Congo. His perilous journey upriver in a little steamboat with a band of white colonialists and a group of cannibals takes him closer to the coveted ivory, closer to Kurtz the rogue agent, closer to certain unspeakable rites and the heart of darkness.

    sarah says: "Rewarding listen - well read"
  • Victory | Joseph Conrad

    Victory

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    From one of the greatest modern writers in world literature comes a magnificent story of love, adventure, and rescue played out against the shimmering South Seas. Alone on a tropical island, a Swedish baron and a beautiful violinist discover the long-lost joys of love. But when two treasure hunters arrive on the beach, the lovers know that evil has invaded their romantic paradise—an evil they are powerless to stop.

  • Heart of Darkness | Joseph Conrad

    Heart of Darkness

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Joss Ackland
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    First published in 1902, Conrad's story describes intensely and in stark detail how greed can so easily drive civilised and enlightened men to revert to primitive savagery. Set against the background of the European ivory trade in Africa, Heart Of Darkness is narrator Marlow's account of his journey in search of the legendary and mystical Kurtz, the most successful trader of them all, who is now reported to be ill.

    Chris says: "The Horror, The Horror"
  • Under Western Eyes | Joseph Conrad

    Under Western Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    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, a hated Russian minister of police, along with a number of innocent bystanders. A young student named Razumov hides the perpetrator, then betrays him and becomes a spy among his exiled comrades. He faces a moral dilemma from which there is no escape.

    Sydney says: "Gripping spy thriller"
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