"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.
"Great performance from Kenneth Branagh"
Excellent reading that really captured the spirit of the story for me.
Very emotive but subtle reading.
"great narrator for a tedious classic"
never have enjoyed this classic - well read but doesn't save the tedious prose but of you want to any version o recommend this one
"The Definitive Performance"
So lucky to have Branagh read Conrad. An actor of this caliber is a gift, and amazon's download the text service completes the experience,
Branagh gives a haunting, mesmerising performance.
I can't wait to find more of his readings.
A must download.
"Wonderfully atmospheric audiobook"
Kenneth Branagh narrated my audio version of this Conrad classic and he does an amazing job of the reading. It did take me a while to get into the story though which is why I have only given it four stars. Once we arrive in Africa, the writing takes off and I was totally engrossed. Conrad's description flows like the river itself and, together with the ominous approach towards the enigmatic Kurtz, it made for several wonderful commutes. Not much happens in the novel, but it happens with style!
This is a great way to experience Conrad. Kenneth Branagh brings the work to life so that you can vividly picture the characters and that dark, menacing jungle. It's not too long, so settle down in a comfortable chair and listen to this while you watch the never ending 2012 summer rain.........
Movie Appolalypse Now was based on this.Read a summary of the layout and the character before the listen. Incredible use of the English language-but that was for a reason.Not a long book, but a classic indeed
"Atmospheric and enthralling"
This was a set text as background for an A level, and, like most of those things, something I have jibbed at (sorry about the pun) for a number of years. But when I heard the free first chapter, I knew I had to have it at some point. Kenneth Branagh voices it superbly, not a reading, but as someone telling a story without script and as if it were he that all this happened to. The opening couple of minutes with the description of the Thames and the light over it dragged me at in once. Marlow and Kurtz can be seen as representatives of many things (if you want to) but as a story, pure and simple, it is enough and one of my library that I shall listen to over and over. I don't know if Branagh was subconsciously influenced by Marlon Brando's Kurtz (Apocalypse Now) or if I am, but I could see and hear him every time Kurtz speaks. Definitely worth the money or a credit.
"Superb reading of a chilling book"
I tried to read this years ago and didn't manage to get passed what seemed like overwrought language. This reading transformed the book for me, and brought it to life. A fantastic performance of a deeply disturbing narrative.
I did not find Branagh's narration in any way stimulating. He sounded bored to me.