The Secret Sharer

Narrated by: Wendy Ellison Mullen
Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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A young sea captain discovers a stowaway - and allows him to stay, eventually seeing in him a reflection of himself. Or perhaps that's all there ever was. Wendy Mullen's contralto voice captures the music of the sea; you'll be mesmerized by the telling and the tale. Conrad is at his best, and Mullen's reading captivates.

Public Domain (P)2012 Wendy Ellison Mullen

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Conrad's literary rigging is tight.

2013 has definitely been my year of doppelgänger books. 'The Secret Sharer' belongs on the shelf next to Doestoevsky's 'the Double', Nabokov's 'Despair', Highsmith's 'The Talented Mr. Ripley', and Roth's 'Operation Shylock' and probably 'the Epic of Gilgamesh' too.

These are all great doppelgänger books, and Conrad's 'Secret Sharer' is not inferior to any of them. Conrad constantly delivers on the nuance of his language, his thought, and his absolute control of the English language.

Conrad's literary rigging is tight and when you step onto one of Conrad's novels (or in this case novellas) you recognize from the first word to the final period that Conrad is in absolute control and knows exactly where he is taking you AND your creepy twin.

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An Intense Short Story, Very Well Narrated

This is an Intense Short Story by Joseph Conrad written in 1909. The story takes place upon a commercial ship in the Gulf of Siam. I listened and read simultaneously. The narration is professional and faithful to the Kindle edition. I like the story and it reminds me of a typical Joseph Conrad story set in Southeast Asia. It reminded me a little bit of "Lord Jim" and "Almayer's Folly". This story receives somewhat strong mention by John Irving in "The World According to Garp". I have the impression that Joseph Conrad makes a strong impression on John Irving. I liked this story but was not enthralled by it. In the event it matters my favorite Joseph Conrad work is "Lord Jim", a much longer work. Lord Jim was published before this short story. Generally I like to read authors in the order their works were published. In this case I would read this story first and then read Lord Jim if I wished to read both. Thank You....

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The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad

An hour and forty-seven minutes to read on New Years Day 2018. Now on to the Heart of Darkness.