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Editorial Reviews

Narrator Frank Muller reaches into the depths of his well-trained bass as he portrays one of Conrad's most interesting characters with a sly, knowing tone and perfect pacing. At the beginning of the story Muller lets Nostromo's leadership qualities shine through his performance and allows the creeping dread of his fate to seep into the audio so that listeners feel every emotion, from sorrow to elation to empathy. A wonderful performance by one of the best narrators to ever step behind a microphone.
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Publisher's Summary

One of the great adventure novels of our language creates a most engaging central character, Nostromo. A picturesque man of action and popular hero, Nostromo lives to be "well-spoken of" by the citizens of Costaguana, the mythical South American banana republic where the story takes place. Around this figure, Conrad spins a story of revolution, politics, and racial conflict as complex as Nostromo, the man whose greatest enemy is himself.
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Critic Reviews

"The reading by the acclaimed Frank Muller has a fine, dramatic touch." (Library Journal)
"Conrad, I think, was right in regarding it [Nostromo] as his greatest creation, and it seems to me one of the world's great novels." (F.R. Leavis)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-11-03


I'm not even sure why I downloaded this audio book. I had read 'Heart of Darkness' in high school, but was unfamiliar with anything else by Conrad. This is one of the best books I have ever read/heard. The story is incredible. Everyone should read this book. After reading it, I rented the BBC mini series on sideo tape for another interpretation. It didn't hold a candle to the book, but it's still compelling.

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3 out of 5 stars
By BR mom on 05-07-05

A dry reading of a wonderful novel

This has always been one of my favorite novels. Subtitled, "A Paradise of Snakes" in some printings, it's a great story with incredible characters and masterful use of the language. I remember once reading that this was Conrad's expose of discovering America. And what an analogy it is (and perhaps the precursor of the Spaghetti Western. . . ). This reader, however, turns poetic prose into something of a snore.

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6 of 11 people found this review helpful

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