Avid reader all of my life! Favorite author: Stephen King. Favorite book: Hyperion.
I realize that this book is considered a classic and that it is the inspiration behind the great war film: Apocalypse Now. However, I must have zoned out in listening to this book as all I ever heard was "heart of darkness" many times over. Thus, the title of my review: simply saying "heart of darkness" several times does not provide an understanding of what it means to have a heart of darkness. The movie, Apocalypse Now, did a far better job of imbuing the character of Kurtz with a "heart of darkness" than this book did of imbuing its character Kurtz with the same. Perhaps my expectations of this tale were skewed as I had first viewed the movie before experiencing this tale.
The narrator, Kenneth Branagh, is excellent, a very distinct voice. I'm also glad that I got this book at steep discount as I cannot consider it worth the list price. It's also advantageous that it's a short tale as I'd rather spend my time on other books.
Boken i seg selv er veldig godt skrevet - både atmosfære, personer og omgivelsene kommer snikende ut av øreproppene og bretter seg ut i hodet. Kenneth Branagh hever opplevelsen ytterligere et par hakk!
Marilyn Smith Neilans
The narrator is perfect for the work. good reason why this is a classic. I could hardly wait for each new chapter.
I've always loved Joseph Conrad's stories. For a boy, a young man, a man of any age, they are a necessary element on the bookcase.
But who would have thought you could get more than mediocre entertainment from having such a work of fiction "read" to you? It's not just any reader who can send chills with a whisper and laughter with a roar! But Branagh is one of the consummate entertainers of our time. If he is performing, you know it will come close to perfection!
And this Audible book, combining two matters of their arts, comes as close to perfection as any book I've heard from Audible.com yet!
Bravo, Mr. Branagh! And thank you!
deep interesting adventure
when the main character discovers a beautiful amazonian woman in the rainforest
when the news of kurtz's death reaches marlow, he does not stop eating dinner.
very cool book, steeped in adventure, but written in a monotone way that seems dry and boring at times
No. The story is what it is.
Probably something a bit more uplifting, just to even things out.
Usually great pacing and appropriate levels of intensity. Branagh saved this book for me.
Probably to seek out more of his readings (assuming the subject matter is something I'd like more than this).
Any novelty of this piece being presented as a frame narrative is quickly eclipsed by the sometimes pleasing, though more often onerous, descriptions of river life. I appreciate being exposed to a snapshot of colonialism and racism, but the plot wasn't redeeming enough to make me truly enjoy this one. Branagh's reading was the bright spot.