Lord Jim

  • by Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by Frederick Davidson
  • 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This work set the style for a whole class of literature, a work that the critic Morton Dauwen Zabel calls an example of Conrad's "central theme...the grip of circumstances that enforce self-discovery and its cognate, the discovery of reality and truth...." It is a novel about a man's lifelong efforts to atone for an act of instinctive cowardice. The young Jim, chief mate of the Patna, dreams of being a hero. When the Patna threatens to sink and the cowardly officers decide to save their own skins and escape in the few lifeboats, Jim despises them. But at the last moment, dazed by horror and confusion, he joins them, deserting the passengers - 800 Muslim pilgrims - to apparent death. Tormented by this act of cowardice and desertion, Jim flees to the West. Living among the natives in Patusan, a remote trading post in the jungle, he is able to cease sacrificing himself on the altar of conscience. When he defends Patusan against the evil "Gentleman Brown," his efforts create order and well-being, thereby winning the respect and affection of the people for whom he becomes Tuan - or Lord Jim.


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Terrible narrator -- Great novel

This is one of my favorite novels of all time; but this narrator is absolutely terrible. The passages in which Conrad's Marlow is clearly supposed to be speaking with a quiet, growling intensity are read by this narrator as if Marlow were a very bored and effete snob. He reads the entire novel this way. I bought this audiobook and couldn't possibly listen to more that ten minutes of it; so I got the Kandinsky reading instead (also available on audible.com), which is infinitely superior.
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- Brian

get the other version

I agree with the previous reviewer...although I unfortunately listened to more that ten minutes of the narration. Tried on several occasions over the course of the year and after making it a grueling 9 hrs into the book gave up in despair. For your own psychological well being, do not download this program under any circumstance. Pink toads!...Piiiiiiiink toooooads!...ahhhhh!!!
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- Don

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-13-2000
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.