Narration stiff and cadence unnatural, hard to follow. Not what I was expecting from Kenneth Branagh.
Superb narration, having read the book myself I can't believe how Branagh's performance modernises the book. He also closes the gap between Apocalypse Now and the novel that inspired it. More signature performances please
as an artefact of the late nineteenth century this book, with its focus on a white mans fascination with another white man cannot do justice to collonialism. However, this is a fictionalised account of imperialism written by a witness and its not pretty. the prorangonist is a european who does not claim to understand the cultures that are being trampled over and from this position of disassociated ignorance there is no way that he can represent anything but his own view. but even from this problematic stance he starts to humanise a period in global history which by its very scale is apt to seem anonymous.
"Too ambiguous to enjoy as a story"
I found the story utterly lacking in detail and therefore ambiguous throughout.
For example we're told that Kurtz is an astonishing man of near unsurpassed brilliance, but we're given no detail whatsoever as to why. Consequently I found myself unable to share the deep respect and interest that every other character in the book seems to have for this man, at all.
Granted there may be a number of individual sentences or passages that have great value to the English language for their construction, but in my opinion this is no good if they don't also serve to provide the detail necessary to convey a compelling story, which they don't.
The narrator whispered too much and was over dramatic in places for my taste.
About me, for reference: I love classic fiction for two reasons: first is the originality of the stories which are usually compelling, and second is the vocabulary and construction of language, which is so much more eloquent and attractive to me than modern prose.
Such a strange eerie story. So beautifully read - Kenneth Branagh has such a rich, expressive voice. Highly recommended.
"Haunting and beautiful"
This classic text was beautifully narrated and evoked such vivid images of the events taking place that you could imagine yourself part of the story each time you listened.
Anyone who enjoys a well written and decadent story should listen to this recording. I have read the story many times but to hear it read to you by such a well spoken and emotional voice is fantastic. Kenneth Branagh is amazing as the story teller and with his perfect diction and English accent transports you back in time to the setting of the tale without affectation or pretence.
Although the subject matter is dark it is a joy to hear the tale told.
A must listen!
Fantastic story that formed the basis for the film Apocalypse Now. Far better than the film and vastly more expansive in scale.
Lovely performance from Mr Branagh. The story has a beautiful sense of vagueness, as of memories of the distant past. Though, like memory, some specific events are in crystal-clear focus. The ending, out of Africa, suffers slightly for the very same vagueness that worked so beautifully up to then.
"Excellent performance by Kenneth Branagh"
Yes, this was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. A masterpiece of world literature read by Sir Kenneth, no doubt a master of his art.
But, although it really is well done, very well read and even the music is well chosen, I have a problem with the concept of "signature performance". As flawless as was Kenneth Branagh's performance, I'm sure I've had the same quality by other, less well known readers...
"So long as you are not offended by dated language of 'savages' and such , well worth it"
Some of the language, though very much of the era of publication sits a little awkwardly for a contemporary audience, but well worth it.
I had forgotten how much quality narration can add to the enjoyment of an audiobook.