Heart of Darkness

  • by Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by Nicky Whichelow
  • 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness tells a story based on Conrad's own experiences in the Congo Free State during the 1890s. Set in Africa, the main character, Marlow, is asked to find and bring back the ivory trader, Mr. Kurtz. However, the deeper Marlow travels, the more ominous and depressing his surroundings become.
Marlow finds a dying and traumatized Mr. Kurtz who is surrounded by his ivory and despair. Although he has dominated the Congo natives, Mr. Kurtz is far from the prestigious and heroic man that Marlow had thought he would meet. His corruption and mistreatment of those around him become evident the more Marlow uncovers about Mr. Kurtz's life deep in the heart of Africa.
The story focuses on the effects of unrestrained power and uncontrolled greed as the cause for evil and corruption. Although not an easy task, Marlow is able to take Mr. Kurtz back onto his boat and attempts to take him out of Africa. However, Mr. Kurtz does not make the journey back, and the book holds true to its title through the end. As an outright attack on imperialism, this story is filled with adventure, morally ambiguous situations, and detailed descriptions of Marlow's adventure.

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Suits me!

If you like a female and British voice for your recorded books, this is perfect. Needless to say, HoD is a major masterpiece, so it hardly requires my approval. A text every reasonably well -read person ought to know.
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- Jeffrey

This is a review of the narration, very well done

Nicky Whichelow's narration of this book is superb and very fitting for this book. I don't understand why this doesn't have more ratings. I suppose it's pretty hard to compete with the Kenneth Branagh narration, which in my opinion sounds like he is simply reading it for the first time and his pauses for breath are annoying and come at points where he shouldn't be pausing for breath.
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- T. Pulver

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-15-2015
  • Publisher: Take 2 Studios