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Heart of Darkness | [Joseph Conrad]

Heart of Darkness

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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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.

Public Domain (P)2013 Trout Lake Media

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    bracken mocksville, nc, United States 02-23-14
    bracken mocksville, nc, United States 02-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I CANNOT LISTEN TO THIS NARRATOR!"

    I don't know how the story is because I cannot.......tolerate listening....to......all his unnecessary. ......pauses. WORST NARRATOR EVER!

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    5/6/14
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    "If your SatNav read you a book..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the book had been read by almost anyone else


    Would you be willing to try another book from Joseph Conrad? Why or why not?

    Probably not, Conrad's writing style and subject matter didn't appeal to me.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    What character would you cut from Heart of Darkness?

    Kurtz - he's hardly in it despite the fact that he's the main reason for the journey!


    Any additional comments?

    I feel cheated!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Guillaume
    Menai Bridge, United Kingdom
    3/27/14
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    "Can we have a human narrator please?"
    Would you try another book written by Joseph Conrad or narrated by Alan Munro?

    Who is Alan Munro? Is he a computer program? Why is the quality of the recording so poor and the voice so robot-like?


    Would you be willing to try another one of Alan Munro’s performances?

    Not if it sounds the same as this


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