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Publisher's Summary

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.
Public Domain (P)2013 Trout Lake Media
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By uclatico on 08-21-15

Great Story, Poor Performance

Would you be willing to try another one of Alan Munro’s performances?

ONLY if it's a physics book.

Any additional comments?

The good story gets lost in the monotone performance of the narrator.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful


By Jed B on 05-12-15

Poorly matched

Alan Munro's husky baritone & halting drone do this story no justice. The stately pacing does lend gravity, but the whispered consonants are muddied over by the density of the vowels. Sometimes, Munro seems to have fallen in love with the grandeur of his own voice--throwing in pauses for style, rather than meaning. The story itself is wonderfully layered atmosphere, social criticism, and historical fiction. Plot is secondary, but is not missed.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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By Pippa on 04-06-17

Terrible narration

Great classic book but ruined by the very odd narration that sounds like it has been done by a computer rather than a person!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful


By J M Curtis on 05-01-15

Difficult to hear

What disappointed you about Heart of Darkness?

Alan Munro often seemed to mumble and there was an ironic tone to his voice that didn't fit with the text.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Alan Munro?

I see there's a Kenneth Brannagh version. I wish I'd listened to that instead.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

There's no problem with the book which is a classic.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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