An incredible performance of a spellbinding novel. The story of Marlowe looking for the "eloquent phantom" Kurtz is the inspiration for Apocalypse Now. Branagh weighs every word, caresses every sentence and manages to purvey a sense of looming dread with every chapter. Brilliant.
Not only was the story intriguing and compelling, but the performance really brought it to life. I have never heard an audible book so well done. Very enjoyable.
the story was narrated incredibly well and added to the dark plot of the story. The story itself is a journey into the dark recesses of what man can do, particularly in the case of imperialism.
Conrad's language inhabits his narrator, Marlowe, creating a man haunted not only by what he has experienced but by the dark complex of a flawed driven soul. Branagh with his reading literally transports us, shows us what and whom Marlowe lived and almost died for. Marlowe found not only the man, the paradox of Kurtz, but the uncomfortable truth of how such a man has power for good as for evil, for elevating and exploiting, affecting and unforgettable story elevated even higher by Branaghs performance.
Do not overlook
I would put this on the same level as any Neil Gaiman listen I've ever heard (with the exception of full-cast reads). This narrator is Marlow and if you close your eyes while you're listening, you will feel the fog, hear the steam whistle and shouts from the natives.
Kenneth Branagh brings an intensity and humanizing factor that elevates this story. It may have been boring reading it in school but he will bring the story alive so you can experience it, not just skim through it for homework.
I didn't listen in one sitting but could've if I had that kind of time.