I purchased this book almost solely because of the reader Kenneth Branagh. It turned out a fine story, well written and a story line that totally sucked me into it. I could hear the mosquito's buzzing and hear the steam engines hiss.
A well done story told in an interesting fashion by a narrator that makes you feel the story and slap at flies.
Too long gone, two wrongs right, to a brighter day and Tupelo night . . .
This is a good pairing of narrator to story. Kenneth Branagh does a great job with this Conrad classic. His pacing is comfortable while his characterizations come to life with appropriate drama without being over-done.
This book is an easy (although sometimes horrifying) listen.
Branagh is not just reading the words, but successfully tells Conrad's classic story. He doesn't over-inetrpret for the listener, but reads with intent and understanding.
someone who can stand the narrator's dullness.
no, the narrator does not become the charactar, just some fancy reading.
It's a shame you get the feeling you're listening to words being read instead of listening to a story.
Incredible story unfolded in a sophisticated mannner. The speaker is superb. Requires undistracted listening. Reflects on various aspects of the human condition. The parallel them with the movie Apocalypse now is obvious. A great movie. A great book.
Heart of Darkness is not my favorite book, so I thought I'd listen to it...it is still not one of my favorites despite a flawless performance by KB.
Description of landscape as it matches the mind of its characters.
The final scene.
Well done performance of a great story with classic themes. I shortly afterwards viewed
I've read "Heart of Darkness" many times over the years, for the lushness of the writing and the profundity of the theme. However, hearing Branaugh read it expanded my comprehension and brought out all the nuances. I was on a real adventure with him. And I came away with a much better understanding of Marlowe, the corporate tool -- identifying with "the horror" and yet able to turn it into an entertaining tale shared with cronies on a quiet evening.
Kenneth Branagh's performance in narrating "Heart of Darkness" is outstanding. This novella revolves around an experience in Africa related by one sailor (Marlow) to his fellow seaman while they are waiting for the tide to turn on the river Thames. Branagh takes on the role of the storyteller admirably and brings the tale, with all its fear, suspense and horror, to life. You feel as if you are one of the English seamen listening to Marlow's recount of his amazing adventure on the Congo River in the early years of European colonization.
Branagh does a good job with narrating/performing this story. Heart of Darkness is controversial from a modern perspective, of course - but if you want to listen to it, this is well worth the time. The recording is atmospheric and draws you into the story.