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Chance

Narrated by: Mike Dolan
Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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"Chance" is a novel by Joseph Conrad, published in 1913 following serial publication the previous year. Although the novel was not one upon which Conrad's later critical reputation was to depend, it was his greatest commercial success upon initial publication. he narrators describe and attempt to interpret various episodes in the life of Miss de Barral, the daughter of a convicted swindler named Smith de Barral (though this character is famous in the world of the novel as a criminal, he may, at least at first, have been merely an incompetent banker). Miss de Barral leads a sheltered life while her father is prosperous, then must rely on the generosity of others, who resent her or have agendas for her, before she escapes by marrying one Captain Anthony. Much of the book involves the musing of the various narrators over what she and the Captain expected from this union, and what they actually got from it. When her father is released from prison, he joins them on ship, and the book heads towards its denouement.

©2018 Joseph Conrad (P)2018 Oregan Publishing

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"Chance" will ALWAYS be a winner!

Absolutely a winner! (AND proves that the more things change, the more they remain the same.)

There is no way I can even BEGIN to explain how fresh and up-to-date this story seems -- even knowing when it was written! Somehow, basing the story on the interactions on the boat keeps this as fresh and and new as if it had been written just recently.

I'd normally be somewhat skittish about interactions between people becoming "dated", but the author has stayed focused on the inter-relationships that normally occur on a day-to-day basis, keeping them tough AND relevant. (Can you GET more relevant than going to prison for over-inflating the value or NEED for an over-hyped product or service?) Do NOT let the $.66 price reflect that "old stuff" that USED to happen cannot STILL occur and the book genuinely captures the reality (& confusion) of the situation -- not pulling any punches on the day-to-day relations that occur in ANY situation, let alone the specific one written about here, I can only say that I completely understand why the book has "legs" that has made it a go-to option and a classic. I most heartedly recommend this "listen" (and the ending is STILL a killer!)

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