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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"
  • 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."
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Heart of Darkness | Joseph Conrad

    Heart of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    Joseph Conrad's searing tale of one of the strangest and most memorable journeys ever taken. Quite simply the scariest book ever written, this is a searing tale of one of the strangest and most memorable journeys ever undertaken - to the heart of a geographical and psychological wilderness from which no-one returns unscarred. For this isn't simply a journey up an uncharted river into a geographical wilderness; rather, it's a trip deep into our collective subconscious.

    Lukas says: "Amazing"
  • Heart of Darkness | Joseph Conrad

    Heart of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
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    On a becalmed yawl in the Thames estuary, Marlow tells a tale of Africa. His job there is to find the enigmatic Kurtz, but his journey further and further upriver reveals the brutality of the white Imperialists who run the country. 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.

    Doug says: "Audible - Heart of Darkness"
  • 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 (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.

  • 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.

    Dr S Bhatt says: "Rarely do you find a book of this quality and dept"
  • 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"
  • Lord Jim | Joseph Conrad

    Lord Jim

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
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    Jim, the first mate aboard a small steamer named the Patna, travels from port to port in the Pacific Ocean. When the ship hits floating wreckage, Jim and the crew are forced to abandon it, leaving hundreds of ethnic travelers onboard. However, Jim's reprehensible actions are soon discovered by the court, and he is compelled to face his guilt and redeem himself - a journey that leads him to a remote exotic location where he is revered as the Lord, "Tuan Jim".

    Richard says: "Nursery School Narrator"
  • Heart of Darkness | Joseph Conrad

    Heart of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Alec Sand
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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 read 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.

  • The Secret Agent | Joseph Conrad

    The Secret Agent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    The Secret Agent was one of the first espionage novels ever written, and it is certainly one of the finest in the oeuvre of Joseph Conrad. The story concerns the attempt by a group of back-alley revolutionaries to destroy one of London's most famous landmarks and thereby set off a revolution.

    Jack says: "Excellent!"
  • The Secret Sharer | Joseph Conrad

    The Secret Sharer

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Wendy Ellison Mullen
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    A young sea captain discovers a stowaway - and allows him to stay, eventually seeing in him a reflection of himself. Or perhaps that's all there ever was. Wendy Mullen's contralto voice captures the music of the sea; you'll be mesmerized by the telling and the tale. Conrad is at his best, and Mullen's reading captivates.

  • 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"
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    Die "Tremolino": Eine Seefahrergeschichte über Tugend, Freiheit und Verrat

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Andreas Dietrich
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    Es stand geschrieben, dass ich dort, in der Kinderstube unserer seefahrenden Vorfahren, lernen sollte, auf den Wegen meines Berufes zu wandeln und zu reifen in der Liebe zur See, in blinder Liebe, wie es junge Liebe oft ist, aber in verzehrender und selbstloser Leidenschaft, wie alle wahre Liebe sein muß. Ich verlangte nichts von ihr, nicht einmal Abenteuer. Darin zeigte ich vielleicht mehr intuitive Weisheit als große Selbstverleugnung, denn noch nie wurden Abenteuer erlebt, nach denen man verlangte.

  • Youth [Classic Tales Edition] | Joseph Conrad

    Youth [Classic Tales Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 24 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison
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    Marlowe tells a tale of his youth before he ventured into the heart of darkness. After several false starts, he signs as second officer on a trading ship to Bangkok. Before their final disembarkation, he discovers that all the rats are abandoning ship before they had even left the dockyard. It isn't until Marlowe and his crew are halfway to Singapore that they discover the horror the rats have left behind.

  • Riveting Stories: Thirty Gripping Tales by Literary Masters | G. K. Chesterton,Arthur Conan Doyle,John Buchan,E. F. Benson,Joseph Conrad,Edith Wharton,O. Henry

    Riveting Stories: Thirty Gripping Tales by Literary Masters

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By G. K. Chesterton, Arthur Conan Doyle, John Buchan, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A mesmerizing collection of 30 wonderful stories by great classic writers. 1. The Invisible Man by G. K. Chesterton 2.At the Farmhouse by E. F. Benson 3. The Parasite by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 4. The Watcher by the Threshold by John Buchan 5. Query by Seamark 6. The Man of the Night by Edgar Wallace 7. The Earl, the Warder and the Wayward Heiress by J. S. Fletcher 8. Afterward by Edith Wharton 9. The Murderer by Perceval Gibbon 10. The Idiot by Arnold Bennett 11.Oh Liberty by W. Pett Ridge

  • 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

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    • By Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling, Lord Halifax, and others
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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...

  • Heart of Darkness | Joseph Conrad

    Heart of Darkness

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    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By David Threlfall
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    Penguin Classics presents Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, adapted for listening and available as a digital audiobook as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by David Threlfall, the star of the hit Channel 4 series, Shameless. The mind of man is capable of anything - because everything is in it, all the past as well as all the future. What was there after all? Joy, fear, sorrow, devotion, rage - who can tell? But truth - truth stripped of its cloak of time.

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