The Secret Agent

  • by Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by David Threlfall
  • 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Now the subject of a major film, The Secret Agent is based on an actual attempt made in 1894 to blow up the Greenwich Observatory. A labyrinth of greed, corruption and betrayal, it is the most darkly humorous of all Conrad's novels.


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Languid & loquacious language

Wonderfully detailed occasionally to the point of tedium. The use of language is exquisite and the underlying story line is sound, but there is so much detail that some listeners may get lost. The story is deeply evocative of London at the turn of the 19th century. The narration is nothing short of brilliant. In spite of the long and complex sentence structures, David Threlfall brings the characters to life and avoids making the story awkward, no matter how stilted the dialogue to the conteporary ear.
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- Edward Ogden

Tedious Listen

The details and descriptions are very good. However the story gets lost in the minutiae. This book needs your undivided attention, ok for the plane if you are not the pilot, not good for the driver when commuting. It wasn't what I expected; I've struggled my way through it. Nine hours and thirty minutes lost.
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- Phil

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-21-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios