Although Heart of Darkness was one of the first literary texts to provide a critical view of European imperial activities, it was initially read by critics as anything but controversial. While the book was generally admired, it was typically seen either as a condemnation of a certain type of adventurer who could easily take advantage of imperialism’s opportunities, or else as a sentimental novel reinforcing domestic values: Kurtz’s Intended, who appears at the novella’s conclusion, was roundly praised by turn-of-the-century reviewers for her maturity and sentimental appeal. A classic.
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I don't know how the story is because I cannot.......tolerate listening....to......all his unnecessary. ......pauses. WORST NARRATOR EVER!
ONLY if it's a physics book.
The good story gets lost in the monotone performance of the narrator.
Alan Munro's husky baritone & halting drone do this story no justice. The stately pacing does lend gravity, but the whispered consonants are muddied over by the density of the vowels. Sometimes, Munro seems to have fallen in love with the grandeur of his own voice--throwing in pauses for style, rather than meaning. The story itself is wonderfully layered atmosphere, social criticism, and historical fiction. Plot is secondary, but is not missed.
I would order another book from Joseph Conrad, sure. However, Alan Munro is horrible.
This is a horrible narration. The reader is hard to understand because his tone, pace, and style is off. This narration is one step above a computer-based reading program.
I love the name and imagery of 19th century exploration of Africa it conjures up so I really wanted to enjoy this book. I didn't. It's slow and rambling. Full of existential waffle. It was a mission just to finish it. Try Blood River by Tim Butcher or Water Music by TC Boyle both much better.
"If your SatNav read you a book..."
If the book had been read by almost anyone else
Probably not, Conrad's writing style and subject matter didn't appeal to me.
This was the most appalling reading of any audio book I've ever listened to, I mean it was really bad. I've genuinely listened to better readings from Librvox.
The narrators intonation was all over the place, he sounded like he was doing an incredibly bad impression of William Shatner with high's and low's all in the wrong place, pauses where there shouldn't be any and generally didn't pay attention to any of the punctuation in the text. It actually sounded like a computer programmed voice from the 80's as if Stephen Hawkin had decided to read us a story.
Normally I can live with a narrator even when they're not that great, but in this case, all I could focus on was how poorly the book was being read which completely detracted from the text. Poor job, spend a bit more money to get one of the better recordings if you want to stand a chance of enjoying this novella.
Kurtz - he's hardly in it despite the fact that he's the main reason for the journey!
I feel cheated!
"Difficult to hear"
Alan Munro often seemed to mumble and there was an ironic tone to his voice that didn't fit with the text.
I see there's a Kenneth Brannagh version. I wish I'd listened to that instead.
There's no problem with the book which is a classic.
"Can we have a human narrator please?"
Who is Alan Munro? Is he a computer program? Why is the quality of the recording so poor and the voice so robot-like?
Not if it sounds the same as this
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