"One evening as I was lying flat on the deck of my steamboat, I heard voices approaching - and there were the nephew and the uncle strolling along the bank. I laid my head on my arm again, and had nearly lost myself in a doze, when somebody said in my ear, as it were: 'I am as harmless as a little child, but I don't like to be dictated to. Am I the manager - or am I not? I was ordered to send him there. It's incredible.'...I became aware that the two were standing on the shore alongside the forepart of the steamboat, just below my head. I did not move; it did not occur to me to move: I was sleepy. 'It is unpleasant,' grunted the uncle. 'He has asked the Administration to be sent there,' said the other, 'with the idea of showing what he could do; and I was instructed accordingly. Look at the influence that man must have. Is it not frightful?' They both agreed it was frightful, then made several bizarre remarks: 'Make rain and fine weather-one man-the Council-by the nose' - bits of absurd sentences that got the better of my drowsiness, so that I had pretty near the whole of my wits about me when the uncle said, 'The climate may do away with this difficulty for you. Is he alone there?' 'Yes,' answered the manager; 'he sent his assistant down the river with a note to me in these terms: "Clear this poor devil out of the country, and don't bother sending more of that sort. I had rather be alone than have the kind of men you can dispose of with me." It was more than a year ago. Can you imagine such impudence!' 'Anything since then?' asked the other hoarsely. 'Ivory,' jerked the nephew; 'lots of it-prime sort-lots-most annoying, from him.' 'And with that?' questioned the heavy rumble. 'Invoice,' was the reply fired out, so to speak. Then silence. They had been talking about Kurtz.
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I recently learn this novel was the loose basis for the movie Apocalypse Now so I thought I would give it a listen and I was glad I did. The book is a multi layered literary work that really makes one think and reflect on some dark issues. It also raises rather provocative questions when thinking about the similarities and differences with the movie. I really liked the narration too as it was very fitting for the story. Highly recommend.
I certainly enjoyed it more. It was more emotionally communicative to me than the print version was, certainly. I connected more with the characters listening to it than I did reading it in print.
Marlow, definitely. He was a character that had a lot of depth and emotion, and the narrator brought the weight of that across very well. I've listened to a few of this narrator's other pieces, and he does that very well when portraying characters.
"Favorite" isn't really a word I'd use to describe any given scene in this book. If I had to choose one, I'd say Marlow's conversation with Kurtz's fiancee, simply because it was a strong empathetic moment the way this narrator portrayed it.
The very end of the book did, a great deal. Like I said earlier, I really liked the narrator's portrayal of Marlow, and the moment he meets Kurtz marks the start of a slide into such emotional exhaustion and devastation, and I couldn't help but feel the same listening to it. It was powerful, but it was also so draining to empathize with him, and it left me very moved, because of both the text itself and the narrator's portrayal.
I really liked the narrator. I've probably said that a lot, but I think he was very emotionally communicative, and I like that a lot in a storyteller.
The narrator did an excellent job, made the book come to life!
Joseph Conrad had some great works, I'd say this is his best..along with The Lagoon
Austin delivers an excellent narration with attention to detail,..I will be checking out some more of narrations!
I couldn't press pause when listening to this narration! It was excellent!
I don't know that "The Book" wasn't for me, but the narration was not for me.
I'm not sure.
This audiobook just showed up as a gift in my email box last night. It was a complete surprise, and I was excited about the opportunity to enjoy an audiobook while working around the house. As I listened I couldn't tell whether I was listening to a narrator with a bad English Accent, or a really Bad British Narrator. Either way, I just couldn't go on and shut it off after a few short minutes. I couldn't follow the story line, because the narration and over the top bad English Accent got in the way.
If the narrator had chosen to deliver the story in his own voice I could have enjoyed it. But I was just too distracted... and having a difficult time getting into the story. I 'dunno.... He could have read it imitating William Conrad or Don Knotts and probably been believable... and interesting. But I couldn't listen to this one.
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