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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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Publisher's Summary

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 2013
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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!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Dr Kevin Jablonski Los Angeles, CA USA 08-21-15
    Dr Kevin Jablonski Los Angeles, CA USA 08-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story, Poor Performance"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Alan Munro’s performances?

    ONLY if it's a physics book.


    Any additional comments?

    The good story gets lost in the monotone performance of the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jed B Columbus, Georgia 05-12-15
    Jed B Columbus, Georgia 05-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Poorly matched "

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Nicole 07-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    Would you try another book from Joseph Conrad and/or Alan Munro?

    I would order another book from Joseph Conrad, sure. However, Alan Munro is horrible.


    What didn’t you like about Alan Munro’s performance?

    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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gavin Dublin 02-01-15
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    "I really wanted to enjoy this book..."

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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
  • J M Curtis
    5/1/15
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    "Difficult to hear"
    What disappointed you about Heart of Darkness?

    Alan Munro often seemed to mumble and there was an ironic tone to his voice that didn't fit with the text.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Alan Munro?

    I see there's a Kenneth Brannagh version. I wish I'd listened to that instead.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There's no problem with the book which is a classic.


    0 of 0 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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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