Heart of Darkness

  • by Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by Austin Vanfleet
  • 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"One evening as I was lying flat on the deck of my steamboat, I heard voices approaching - and there were the nephew and the uncle strolling along the bank. I laid my head on my arm again, and had nearly lost myself in a doze, when somebody said in my ear, as it were: 'I am as harmless as a little child, but I don't like to be dictated to. Am I the manager - or am I not? I was ordered to send him there. It's incredible.'...I became aware that the two were standing on the shore alongside the forepart of the steamboat, just below my head. I did not move; it did not occur to me to move: I was sleepy. 'It is unpleasant,' grunted the uncle. 'He has asked the Administration to be sent there,' said the other, 'with the idea of showing what he could do; and I was instructed accordingly. Look at the influence that man must have. Is it not frightful?' They both agreed it was frightful, then made several bizarre remarks: 'Make rain and fine weather-one man-the Council-by the nose' - bits of absurd sentences that got the better of my drowsiness, so that I had pretty near the whole of my wits about me when the uncle said, 'The climate may do away with this difficulty for you. Is he alone there?' 'Yes,' answered the manager; 'he sent his assistant down the river with a note to me in these terms: "Clear this poor devil out of the country, and don't bother sending more of that sort. I had rather be alone than have the kind of men you can dispose of with me." It was more than a year ago. Can you imagine such impudence!' 'Anything since then?' asked the other hoarsely. 'Ivory,' jerked the nephew; 'lots of it-prime sort-lots-most annoying, from him.' 'And with that?' questioned the heavy rumble. 'Invoice,' was the reply fired out, so to speak. Then silence. They had been talking about Kurtz.

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Powerful

I recently learn this novel was the loose basis for the movie Apocalypse Now so I thought I would give it a listen and I was glad I did. The book is a multi layered literary work that really makes one think and reflect on some dark issues. It also raises rather provocative questions when thinking about the similarities and differences with the movie. I really liked the narration too as it was very fitting for the story. Highly recommend.
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- higzip

A MUST listen! What a Superb Narration!

What did you love best about Heart of Darkness?

The narrator did an excellent job, made the book come to life!


What other book might you compare Heart of Darkness to and why?

Joseph Conrad had some great works, I'd say this is his best..along with The Lagoon


Which character – as performed by Austin Vanfleet – was your favorite?

Austin delivers an excellent narration with attention to detail,..I will be checking out some more of narrations!


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I couldn't press pause when listening to this narration! It was excellent!


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-14-2017
  • Publisher: Atlantic Audio