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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,933 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Conrad Narrator: Ana Begoña Eguileor Publisher: NEAR, S.A. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN:
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Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) - Novelista británico de origen polaco nació en Berdichev, (actualmente en Ucrania) en 1857.Quedó huérfano a los 12 años, y a los 16 abandonó la Polonia ocupada por los rusos y se trasladó a Marsella. Durante los siguientes cuatro años navegó en barcos mercantes franceses, posteriormente se puso al servicio de la Marina mercante inglesa y obtuvo la nacionalidad británica. La vida en el mar y en puertos extranjeros constituye el telón de fondo de casi todos sus relatos, pero su obsesión fundamental fue la condición humana y la lucha del individuo entre el bien y el mal. Conrad murió en Bishopsbourne, cerca de Canterbury, en 1924. Influyó de manera decisiva en la novela moderna y es considerado como uno de los grandes escritores modernos en lengua inglesa, cuya obra explora la vulnerabilidad y la inestabilidad moral del ser humano.

El agente secreto - En 1906 un acontecimiento real, el intento de volar el Observatorio de Greenwich por parte de un anarquista llamado Martial Bourdin, inspiró a Joseph Conrad el tema de un relato magistral. Sobre el telón de fondo del Londres de comienzos de siglo, una ciudad monstruosa e indiferente, se desarrolla la historia de un fallido atentado que revela el turbio entramado formado por el terrorismo internacional, la acción de la policía y la diplomacia deshonesta. Una profunda ironía que raya en comicidad impregna este relato intenso y armónico, imprevisiblemente dominado por una figura femenina, en un comienzo marginal, a quien una pasión casi maternal conduce a la locura y la desesperación.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Stewart | 2/12/2014

    " You couldn't find a more ironically detached narrator than in this book. A precursor of things to come. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J A Green | 2/1/2014

    " The beginning and the end of the book are absolutely stunning. In the middle -- after the main event has already occured but while we're waiting for the reveal -- it falls down slightly. However, Conrad's writing is at all points stunning; he manages to come up with the most incredible turns of phrase - as when we describes a London street is like an aquarium from which the water has been drained. His observations of psychology are as powerful as those of Dostoevsky, and indeed the later part of the book reminded me of "Crime and Punishment"; it's gripping, suspenseful writing that is horrifying in how believable the emotions are. Unlike that book, though, there is a great deal of humour in this; the second chapter is particularly fun, as Mr Verloc nervously writhes under the suggestions of Mr Vladimir about what the target of a terrorist attack should be. It's a credit to Conrad that he's able to tackle such a serious issue, which resonates even more in today's world, with such grace and tact throughout. This is a book that deserves to be read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Wright | 1/15/2014

    " Completely different than I expected, but interesting on a completely different plane. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spencer | 1/10/2014

    " Not your average spy novel, this goes into the spy's life and the people around him, and continues on well after he is found out. The action for which he is ultimately caught is fairly trivial compared to what happens in blockbuster spy novels & movies these days, and it doesn't even work out properly. It seems less like professional spies and more like everyday people playing spy, but this was also 100 years ago, so maybe that's how it was, I don't know. Definitely an entertaining read, where very little goes well for anyone, but that's OK as almost none of the characters are ultimately likable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charlotte | 1/3/2014

    " I just couldn't make it through this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Calypso | 1/2/2014

    " This is an excellent & fascinating book. Conrad outdoes himself and probably produces a better book than he did in Nostromo. But I love Nostromo, I respect The Secret Agent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin McCarthy | 10/12/2013

    " Mix the world's first spy/terrorism novel with Conrad's incredible command of language and you have a well-paced, engaging and deeply philosophical novel. A very good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marla | 10/9/2013

    " I stopped reading after plowing through the first 45 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 laura | 9/29/2013

    " conrad has done much, much better, in my personal opinion. but i should probably re-read this one. i think i liked "the secret sharer," the novella often printed along with "the secret agent" better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika S | 7/3/2013

    " A postmodernist half a century before postmodernism existed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mauri | 11/1/2012

    " Read for Novel class, fall 2009. Bo-ring. *ducks* "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Shilstone | 9/1/2012

    " Chapter 12 is an absolutely glorious 5 star 32 pages of story/prose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 7/28/2012

    " I find Conrad a bit too thick and dense for me. Despite this, for the moments involving Stevie, I was able to work past the density and get into the story, but overall found the story a bit difficult to get into. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ernest | 2/27/2012

    " This is one of the densest books I have ever read. I suspect that the full impact of this book on me will not be immediately evident, but it is a work most unlike any other I had read. This was truly stimulating for the mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Billymac McClure | 2/4/2012

    " What can I say? The man knows how to write intelligently. I was just impressed I understood most of the big words in this thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K. Smith | 10/6/2011

    " not as good as Heart, but the writing style is still excellent "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 6/24/2011

    " In true Conrad fashion, the plot is very slow in developing so that when the horror comes you are surprised. Enjoy the character development in this story of greed and dissimulation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Spedding | 4/24/2011

    " Hugely atmospheric and way before its time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 3/27/2011

    " Before John le Carre and Ian Fleming, spies and agents were a pretty unglamorous bunch. The first half is more a who-got-offed than whodunit, and Mrs. Verloc gradually takes over as a warm, human character beneath the politics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 3/9/2011

    " Mix the world's first spy/terrorism novel with Conrad's incredible command of language and you have a well-paced, engaging and deeply philosophical novel. A very good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J | 3/4/2011

    " Conrad was writing about Terrorism long before 9/11. Someone should make an Apocalypse now of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 2/5/2011

    " Good book, Hitchcock stole a scene from it. I guess one thing I don't get is, why do people decide to kill shit after reading it? It's not that kind of book, I don't think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/30/2011

    " What a bleak view of humanity - a very depressing book, though well worth the read due to the characterizations and story-line. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lucian | 1/16/2011

    " Perhaps I was not yet a sophisticated reader to appreciate this book properly when I read it, but until I reread it, I can only say that I remember it as the weakest of the books by Conrad that I have read. "

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About the Author
Author Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad (Józef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski) (1857–1924) was born in Ukraine. Raised by an uncle after the death of his parents, he educated himself by reading widely in Polish and French. At age twenty-one he began a long career sailing the seas on French merchant vessels, after which he went to London and began writing, using the romance and adventure of his own life for his incomparable sea novels.