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    • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
    • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4,184
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,720
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,722

    A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • God is Dead (for the first time)

    • By Michael on 06-11-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Heart of Darkness

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: Alan Munro
    • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 237
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 215
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 211

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great Story, Poor Performance

    • By uclatico on 08-21-15

    Regular price: $1.39

    • Heart of Darkness

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 52

    Joseph Conrad's searing tale of one of the strangest and most memorable journeys ever taken. Quite simply the scariest book ever written, this is a searing tale of one of the strangest and most memorable journeys ever undertaken - to the heart of a geographical and psychological wilderness from which no-one returns unscarred. For this isn't simply a journey up an uncharted river into a geographical wilderness; rather, it's a trip deep into our collective subconscious.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Masterfully performed

    • By Daniel on 05-05-15

    Regular price: $16.80

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

    • By: Mary Shelley, H. G. Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson, and others
    • Narrated by: Korey Samuel, Mark Neilson, Christine Hughes, and others
    • Length: 35 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    In this program, you will receive unabridged recordings.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great collection of classic sci-fi pioneers.

    • By Ohad Neubach on 11-09-17

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Typhoon

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: Roger Allam
    • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A great classic, very well narrated

    • By Dennis on 11-19-12

    Regular price: $9.80

    • Heart of Darkness

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: Toby Stephens
    • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness is an exploration of the nature of evil and how far a man can go towards it when released from the constraints of what can be called civilisation. Before beginning his life as a writer at the age of 36, Conrad spent 16 years as a merchant seaman. In 1889 he became captain of a steamboat in the Congo Free State, and the atrocities he witnessed there, perpetrated by the representatives of the Belgian colonial powers, led him to write what he called his Congo Diary.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best narrator for this book

    • By Chris Taylor on 10-20-16

    Regular price: $20.65

    • The Secret Sharer

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    When the new captain takes over command of his first ship for the homeward voyage from the Gulf of Siam, he surprises his crew by taking the first nightwatch himself. While alone on deck he is surprised to find a lone swimmer in the sea who comes on board. The stranger is a murderer escaping justice, but is also eerily an almost exact doppelganger of the captain himself. Not only does he look identical, but the two almost seem to share the same thoughts and secrets. Rather than turn his fugitive-double over to the authorities, the captain hides him in his own cabin.

    Regular price: $6.19

    • The Secret Agent

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: David McCallion
    • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Typically good Conrad but . . .

    • By Tom on 09-27-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Masterpieces of Modern Short Fiction

    • By: Ambrose Bierce, Joseph Conrad, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and others
    • Narrated by: David Birney, Michael York
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      2.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    An eclectic compendium of the finest short fiction of the last 150 years, featuring works by Paul Theroux, Joseph Conrad, James Ellroy, Ambrose Bierce, Charlotte Perkins Gillman, Aldous Huxley, Philip Roth, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Probably better to read

    • By Christopher on 04-09-05

    Regular price: $17.95

    • Nostromo

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An Almost PERFECT Novel.

    • By Darwin8u on 05-09-12

    Regular price: $25.17

    • The Secret Agent

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: David Horovitch
    • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 271
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 241
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 239

    Our agent, a man named Mr Verloc, minds his own business while he keeps his shop in London's Soho, alongside his wife, who attends to her aged mother and disabled brother. Their lives are turned upside down when Verloc is reluctantly employed to plant a bomb and destroy an observatory in London. What was once the perfect bomb plot inevitably turns awry and Verloc, his family and his associates are forced to face the consequences.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • CODA FOR MURDER

    • By CHET YARBROUGH on 02-26-15

    Regular price: $41.99

    • Heart of Darkness (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: Chris MacDonnell
    • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    River steamboat captain Charles Marlow has set forth on the Congo in Africa to find the enigmatic European trader Mr. Kurtz. Preceded by his reputation as a brilliant emissary of progress, Kurtz has now established himself as a god among the natives in "one of the darkest places on earth." Marlow suspects something else of Kurtz: he has gone mad.

    Regular price: $6.99

    • The Masterworks of Orson Welles

    • By: Oscar Wilde, H. G. Wells, Saki, and others
    • Narrated by: Orson Welles
    • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Here are legendary director, producer, screenwriter, author, and actor Orson Welles' historic interpretations of excerpts from classic literature. Includes selections from Oscar Wilde's "The Happy Prince', H.G. Wells' "The Red Room", Saki's "Shredni Vashtar", Joseph Conrad's "The Secret Sharer", Rudyard Kipling's "Riki-Tikii-Tavi", Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Wakefield", Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell Tale Heart", and Robert Louis Stevenson's "Letter to the Reverend Dr. Hyde".

    Regular price: $15.36

    • Heart of Darkness

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: David Horovitch
    • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 110

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Horror! The Horror!

    • By Ilana on 06-18-16

    Regular price: $11.90

    • Heart of Darkness

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: Austin Vanfleet
    • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 7

    Heart of Darkness is a thrilling psychological delve into the deepest African jungles and their isolated populations in the late 19th century. The story captivates listeners through the eyes of an anonymous narrator and his trip guide, Marlow. The story sheds light on the darkness of The Company, comprised of civilized European businessmen, as they erode into a inhumane and evil machine that raids and pillages the local people. Heart of Darkness, a novella, packs a large punch in just a short time as it envelops listeners in the themes of greed, immorality, and deception.

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Typhoon

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    Calm, stoic captain Mac Whirr has just been given command of a new steamship, the Nan-Shan. He and his crew are transporting Asian workers across the China Sea when a sudden drop in atmospheric pressure alerts Whirr of "some uncommonly dirty weather knocking about". Soon the steamship is caught in the midst of a vicious typhoon. The impending disaster brings out the best and the worst in Whirr; Jukes, the chief mate; Solomon, the wise engineer; and the rest of the crew.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Cooks a brilliant story out of a storm ...

    • By Darwin8u on 02-05-13

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Lord Jim

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    Jim, the first mate aboard a small steamer named the Patna, travels from port to port in the Pacific Ocean. When the ship hits floating wreckage, Jim and the crew are forced to abandon it, leaving hundreds of ethnic travelers onboard. However, Jim's reprehensible actions are soon discovered by the court, and he is compelled to face his guilt and redeem himself - a journey that leads him to a remote exotic location where he is revered as the Lord, "Tuan Jim".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow! This Blew My Mind.

    • By Harry Haller on 07-21-17

    Regular price: $31.49

    • The Secret Agent

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 89
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 91

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Novel of Madness in a Time of Despair.

    • By Darwin8u on 07-24-12

    Regular price: $19.56

    • Lord Jim

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: Nigel Graham
    • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 102
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 69

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great novel, stunning narration.

    • By John on 05-09-10

    Regular price: $10.32

    • The Secret Sharer

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: Wendy Ellison Mullen
    • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Conrad's literary rigging is tight.

    • By Darwin8u on 04-06-13

    Regular price: $8.39

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