Yes, fun to listen to, this is also a piece many high school, undergraduates, and graduate students study! Great to listen to it in tandem with a focused close reading.
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
When one starts with an iconic narrative and a classy narrator, there might be some fear of disappointment. If such a fear existed, it should exist no more for this production. It is a fitting addition to a series that promises many treats to come.
The amazing narrative meanders in long slow bends and bolts along the rapids of that infamous Congo river. From the Thames to the ivory hunters retreat the word pictures that populate Conrad's novels carry us away with Marlow to meets Kurtz. From T.S. Eliot to F.F. Coppola we are drawn into the madness, seduced by the unsound methods and appalled by the consequences. How does she love him, Kurtz? What happened inside Marlow's head, so carefully measured before he set out on his fateful expedition? We can only imagine.
Meanwhile, Kenneth Branagh provides us with an insight. His clear and concise diction, so much mother England in the midst of the Darkness, is well paced. The Russian an Kurtz are wonderfully realised. I am less keen on his Swede, but, let's face it, there's not much to like about the Swede on paper, either. Overall, his is a sterling interpretation.
I look forward to others in the series; bring on "Of Mice and Men"!
The story can be disturbing because of widespread ignorance and prejudice but the author seems to be aware of it. That makes the difficult parts interesting.
This audiobook should come with the following label:
Warning: listening to this audiobook will permanently raise your standard for narration, and leave you disappointed at most other narrators.
Yes Kenneth Branagh is a wonderful actor and has a resounding voice. But no actor could have made me enjoy this story. I was so bored with it, I stopped listening after 1 hr. Sorry I purchased this.
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Kenneth Branagh is probably one of the only narrators that could make this story come alive. 5 stars plus! Well worth every penny!
A classic which I for a long time have put off reading because I thought it might be too "heavy". I don't think it would have been, but Kenneth Branagh reads it so well I am much inclined to believe it's better to listen to his version than to read it oneself.
Heart of Darkness is one of my 5 favorite books; Kenneth Branagh is an amazing talent and clearly put much love and effort into this reading; this book was born to be read this way.
Branagh was the perfect narrator for this dark novella. I can't listen to this without thinking about Apocalypse Now. Many of the scenes from the movie are taken from the book verbatim.
Wow. This is a stellar reading of this book- Branagh really brings it alive. Worth every penny. Anyone who loves this story should listen to this performance.