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Typhoon is the story of a steamship and her crew beset by a tempest and of the captain whose dogged courage is tested to the limit.

Captain MacWhirr was an ordinary man. However, when his steamer Nan-Shan blunders into a hurricane, he and his crew must pull together to survive. The steadfast courage of an undemonstrative captain and the imaginative readiness of his young first mate becomes a partnership vital to human survival as they are challenged from without by the elements, and from within by human doubts and fears.

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A great classic, very well narrated

I have wanted to read this book for a long time and finally downloaded it. I loved it and had a hard time putting this story aside. The outcome of the ship and crew are never certain and the captain is an interesting character with depth. The assortment of characters that are on this ship adds to the drama and seems to be well picked from experience the author had at sea. The description of the storm is as good as it gets bringing the reader into the horrible situation of the ship and her crew. The narration is stupendous and earned the already great story an extra star. There is no reason not to listen to this classic, highly recommended.

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  • Seth
  • Amherst, MA, United States
  • 11-22-11

Great story, great prose, great reading

While Typhoon may not be one of Conrad's deepest works, the story of the typhoon and the Captain who gets the ship through it and the demoralized crew he rallies, is hold your breath exciting. The descriptions of the storm tossed ship are fantastic. If this book were on the best-seller list today it should be number 0. I mean better than first. The narrator understands this story and it shows in his reading. As you can tell, I really like this book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Incredible experience, masterful performance.

After listening to this book narrated by Roger Allam my body and mind feel like I had actually been there. I'm still wrung out and stunned. What an experience! ...And I am still alive to tell the tale.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Literature Disguised as Adventure Tale

There are passages in Conrad's novels that should no longer be so stunningly beautiful to me, since they are so frequent they should be expected. But they are. They are worth rewinding (a tricky task in the digital age). Allam's narration is flawless-picks the spirited prose of Conrad right off the pages.

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great sea story

Where does Typhoon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

well done, such a classic.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

a great story

What about Roger Allam’s performance did you like?

better than reading the book. Mr Allam brought the story to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no, can't sit that long.

Any additional comments?

If you listen to this audio book, this is the version you want.

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Gripping narrative

One of the best readers ever brings to life a dramatic tale of a ship's survival of a massive storm

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  • Paul
  • ANACORTES, WA, United States
  • 03-19-12

A whale of a surprize

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would deffinately recommend this audiobook to friends -- in fact I have done so, several times over.

There are parts in this unabridged version that I never suspected to find. I was especially happy to discover the author's kinowledge of whaling. Also his kinowloedge of sailing and sailing vessels.

I would love tod go back 50 years and visit that dumb little Lit. 101 teacher I had my first year of college. She had no idea what this book was really about, she also had very little knowledge of the characters.

Instead of requiring students read that pittyful little paper back -- This version should be

What did you like best about this story?

The depth of information about whaling and the life of seamen in that eara. Even though I hate the killing of marine mamalls........ this story hightened my understanding of marine mamals.

Have you listened to any of Roger Allam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

no - it was all very moving.

Any additional comments?

Buy this audiobook - you will listen to it many times over.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • 03-28-13

Well done Roger

Excellent narration from Roger Allam. Really enjoyed his different accents and characters, think he does an Irish and Scottish accent very convincingly. Quite poetic language used to describe the typhoon, its effects etc. I quite like the characterisation, no one is perfect, all have their own faults and foibles. Probably a better book to listen to than read, took me to and from a conference, perfect length!

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  • 01-07-18

A little gem of a novel

Conrad is close to his magnificent best in this intense sea story. The characters come to life amazingly from minimalist descriptions. His descriptive prose is of the highest order and few authors tell a sea story better than Conrad. Roger Allam narrates beautifully. With his velvet tones he really should record more audio books.