The Secret Agent

  • by Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by Ralph Cosham
  • 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This classic precursor to the modern-day spy novel was recently in headlines when it was revealed that the Unabomber drew considerable inspiration from its prophetic portrait of terrorism. Written in 1907 and set in Edwardian London, The Secret Agent resonates just as strongly in today's world, where a handful of fanatics can still play mad politics and victimize the innocent.
Mr. Verloc keeps a shop in London's Soho, where he lives with his wife, Winnie; her infirm mother; and her idiot brother, Stevie. When Verloc is reluctantly involved in an anarchist plot to blow up the Greenwich Observatory, things go disastrously wrong.
The brooding atmosphere of conspiracy, powerful characters, and tragic plot of The Secret Agent are brilliantly captured in this audio production.


What the Critics Say

"One of Conrad's supreme of the unquestioned classics of the first order that he added to the English novel." (F. R. Leavis)


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A Novel of Madness in a Time of Despair.

Let's just get this out in the open at the start of my brief review. I love Joseph Conrad. How can you not love a guy that can write circles around 90 percent of writers, and 99.9% of English speakers in his 3rd language. His craft is equaled only by his message. He was the proto-Nabokov. OK, so that is out of the way, you understand my bias.

The Secret Agent is novel of madness in a time of despair. At once both a harsh and scathing critique of anarchism and terrorism. Conrad produced a bomb throwing novel about the throwing of bombs, or as better said by Patrick Reilly the Secret Agent is "a terrorist text as well as a text about terrorism."

Geoffry Howard's narration was fine: nothing to complain or write home about. Solid work.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-04-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.