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  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh | Joseph Conrad

    Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh
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    A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

    Darwin8u says: "Conrad's Brilliant & Wild Novella"
  • Heart of Darkness | Joseph Conrad

    Heart of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
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    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.

    uclatico says: "Great Story, Poor Performance"
  • Heart of Darkness | Joseph Conrad

    Heart of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
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    On a becalmed yawl in the Thames estuary, Marlow tells a tale of Africa. His job there is to find the enigmatic Kurtz, but his journey further and further upriver reveals the brutality of the white Imperialists who run the country. Established as one of the great English novels, and a story of mythic power, Heart of Darkness is rich in meaning – allusive, enthralling, and haunting.

    Ilana says: "The Horror! The Horror!"
  • Heart of Darkness | Joseph Conrad

    Heart of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Bob Neufeld
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    Before its 1902 publication, "Heart of Darkness" appeared as a three part series (1899) in "Blackwood's Magazine". It was classified by the Modern Library website editors as one of the "100 best novels" and part of the Western canon. The story centers on Charles Marlow, who narrates most of the book. He is an Englishman who takes a foreign assignment from a Belgian trading company as a river boat captain in Africa.

  • Frankenstein, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Time Machine, War of the Worlds: Plus Bonus Books | Mary Shelley,H. G. Wells,Robert Louis Stevenson,Joseph Conrad

    Frankenstein, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Time Machine, War of the Worlds: Plus Bonus Books

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley, H. G. Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson, and others
    • Narrated By Korey Samuel, Mark Neilson, Christine Hughes, and others
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    In this program, you will receive unabridged recordings.

    Ohad Neubach says: "Great collection of classic sci-fi pioneers."
  • Lord Jim | Joseph Conrad

    Lord Jim

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
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    From his many years on the high seas as a mariner, mate, and captain, Joseph Conrad created unique works, including Heart of Darkness, that have left an indelible mark on world literature. First published in 1899, his haunting novel Lord Jim is both a riveting sea adventure and a fascinating portrait of a unique outcast from civilization.

    Dan Harlow says: "The exact description of the form of a cloud"
  • Nostromo | Joseph Conrad

    Nostromo

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    Joseph Conrad’s multilayered masterpiece tells of one nation's violent revolution and one hero's moral degeneration. Conrad convincingly invents an entire country, Costaguana, and sets it afire as warlords compete for power and a fortune in silver.

    Señor Gould, adamant that his silver should not become spoil for his enemies, entrusts it to his faithful longshoreman, Nostromo, a local hero of sorts whom Señor Gould believes to be incorruptible.

    Darwin8u says: "An Almost PERFECT Novel."
  • Six Short Stories | Joseph Conrad

    Six Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Greg Wagland
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    This wide-ranging collection comprises the following six short stories by Joseph Conrad: Youth: A Narrative (1902); Karain: A Memory (1898); An Outpost of Progress (1898); The Lagoon (1898); Amy Foster (1909); The Anarchist - A Desperate Tale (1903). 'Youth: A Narrative' is an epic tale of a perilous voyage under sail to Bangkok, with a cargo of coal, narrated by Charles Marlow.

    Die Falknerin says: "Charting the geography of the soul"
  • Heart of Darkness | Joseph Conrad

    Heart of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
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    Conrad's classic and most famous work tells of the conflicting drives of two men who finally come to grips with their differences - and their similarities.

  • Typhoon | Joseph Conrad

    Typhoon

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
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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.

    Dennis says: "A great classic, very well narrated"
  • Lord Jim | Joseph Conrad

    Lord Jim

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By David McCallion
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    Lord Jim is considered by many to be one of the greatest novels published in the 20th century. At its core, Lord Jim is a story of conscience and what can happen if one forgets one's honor and turns one's back on one's fellow man.

  • The Secret Agent | Joseph Conrad

    The Secret Agent

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By David McCallion
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    The Secret Agent is a Victorian terrorist tale that has found a new audience with today's audiences. Set in 1866 London, this book tells the story of Adolf Verloc, a shopkeeper turned anarchist.

    Tom says: "Typically good Conrad but . . ."
  • The Secret Sharer | Joseph Conrad

    The Secret Sharer

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Wendy Ellison Mullen
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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.

    Darwin8u says: "Conrad's literary rigging is tight."
  • Nostromo | Joseph Conrad

    Nostromo

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By David McCallion
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    Nostromo is a colorful and adventurous tale set in the fictional South American country of Costaguana. In the midst of a revolution, the citizens of Costaguana live under a brutal dictatorship of Ribiera, a ruthless leader kept in power through foreigners and their dark money. The oligarch government has become so corrupt that the citizens of Costaguana have had enough. In fear of losing his wealth, Charles Gould, the leader of a wealthy family, asks Nostromo for help in getting his vast silver fortune out of the city.

  • Lord Jim | Joseph Conrad

    Lord Jim

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
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    Joseph Conrad was a native of Poland, yet many critics regard him as one of the greatest English novelists. This is all the more remarkable, since he did not learn to speak English fluently until he was in his 20s. He became a naturalized British citizen in 1886. He wrote many books and stories, but the two that remain most popluar are Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim. Lord Jim is both an adventure story and a story of tragedy and repentence.

    Sandinic says: "raw but good"
  • The Secret Agent | Joseph Conrad

    The Secret Agent

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
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    This classic precursor to the modern-day spy novel was recently in headlines when it was revealed that the Unabomber drew considerable inspiration from its prophetic portrait of terrorism. Written in 1907 and set in Edwardian London, The Secret Agent resonates just as strongly in today's world, where a handful of fanatics can still play mad politics and victimize the innocent.

    Darwin8u says: "A Novel of Madness in a Time of Despair."
  • Joseph Conrad: The Short Stories | Joseph Conrad

    Joseph Conrad: The Short Stories

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Richard Mitchley
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    Born in 1857 in Poland, Joseph Conrad became a British citizen just before he turned 30. In the intervening years he lost both parents, becoming an orphan at 11, being thereafter raised by an uncle, who let the boy go to Marseille, where he began to work on merchant ships. At age 36 his life turned from one of ships to one of literary pursuit. Conrad brought to English literature both a fresh layer of style and a deeper examination of the human psyche in a wealth of works. In this audiobook we dwell among his numerous short stories.

    Die Falknerin says: "Sailors and anarchists"
  • Under Western Eyes | Joseph Conrad

    Under Western Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    Under Western Eyes, Conrad's novel of political treachery and oppression, begins with a bomb that kills a hated Russian minister of police along with innocent bystanders. A young student named Razumov hides the perpetrator, then betrays him and becomes a spy among his exiled comrades. He faces a moral dilemma from which there is no escape. This masterwork, published six years before the Russian Revolution, is a chillingly accurate prophecy of what was to come.

    Robert in SFO says: "Perfect narrator, great story"
  • Youth, a Narrative | Joseph Conrad

    Youth, a Narrative

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Christ Hughes
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    "Youth" is an autobiographical short story by Joseph Conrad. It was written in 1898, first published in Blackwood's Magazine, and included as the first story in the 1902 volume "Youth, a Narrative, and Two Other Stories". The volume also included "Heart of Darkness" and "The End of the Tether", which are concerned with maturity and old age, respectively. "Youth" depicts a young man's first journey to the East.

  • Lord Jim | Joseph Conrad

    Lord Jim

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Nigel Graham
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    The story tells of Jim, a young, good-looking, genial, and naive water-clerk on the Patna, a cargo ship plying Asian waters. One night, when the ship collides with an obstacle and begins to sink, acting on impulse, Jim jumps overboard and lands in a lifeboat, which happens to be bearing the unscrupulous captain and his cohorts away from the disaster.

    John says: "Great novel, stunning narration."
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