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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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful
Joseph Conrad's darkly humorous fictionalisation of a real-life attempt to blow up the Greenwich Observatory is a classic and excellently narrated by David Threlfall. Unfortunately the product itself was faulty, with chapter 4 missing and playing chapter 13 in its place. Audible admitted the fault and refunded my credit without any quibbling. I'm therefore surprised to find that the book hasn't been withdrawn from sale as I was assured that I would be alerted once the fault was corrected.
43 of 45 people found this review helpful
I really loved this. Tried to read this book, but my dyslexia got the better of me. Listened to this and was very impressed by the quality of the narration.
It is rightly a classic!
15 of 21 people found this review helpful