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  • Heart of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (75)

    The story of the enigmatic Kurtz and his outpost in deepest Congo is superbly narrated by the gifted Ralph Cosham. Also included is The Lagoon, a story of courage and love in the South Pacific.

    jerry says: "Good Narrator"
    "Fine Reading, Troubling Novel"
    Overall

    This was the first time I have "read" this classic work, and it's something every literate and literary-minded person should read. But its imperialistic themes and colonial sentiments are hard to sympathize with nowadays, and I believe that it is often studied today more for the insights it gives us into late Victorian (1898) attitudes toward Africa than for the story itself. The listener should be forewarned that much of the language and imagery now seems quite racist. I greatly admire Ralph Cosham's narration, but it was hard for me to listen to him reading some of the passages in this novel, and I probably won't listen to it again. Having said that, it is indeed a classic and is worth experiencing for that reason.

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful

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