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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (141,588 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Conrad Narrator: David Threlfal Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Penguin Classics presents Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, adapted for listening and available as a digital audiobook as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by David Threlfall, the star of the hit Channel 4 series, Shameless.

The mind of man is capable of anything - because everything is in it, all the past as well as all the future. What was there after all? Joy, fear, sorrow, devotion, rage - who can tell? But truth - truth stripped of its cloak of time. Let the fool gape and shudder - the man knows, and can look on without a wink; Marlow, a seaman, tells of a journey up the Congo. His goal is the troubled European and ivory trader Kurtz.

Worshipped and feared by invaders as well as natives, Kurtz has become a godlike figure, his presence pervading the jungle like a thick, obscuring mist. As his boat labours further upstream, closer and closer to Kurtz's extraordinary and terrible domain, so Marlow finds his faith in himself and civilization crumbling.

Conrad's Heart of Darkness has been considered the most important indictment of the evils of imperialism written to date. Part of a collection of vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives, the Penguin English Library series features affordable, collectable, quality productions - perfect for on-the-go listening.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Sarahsuergiu | 2/10/2014

    " Soffri d'insonnia? Leggi Cuore di Tenebra e risolverai i tuoi problemi! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ema | 2/9/2014

    " I mean, I liked the concept, but concerning readability (a must, for me), it was... barbarous. I was made to read it in my freshman year of high school, so that was some time ago, but even so... Perhaps I should chance a second read, but, really, it's one of those books that I was glad to have read, rather than enjoyed reading. On that note, everyone should be forced to read this (or something like it) at least once in their formative years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jean | 1/11/2014

    " A novella - good writing but story didn't excite me - so much hype about this and....maybe I should re-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Hasan | 1/5/2014

    " It was a great read however I would say that watching the film adaptation of it (Apocalypse Now) before reading the book kind of ruined the book for me. Either way both the film and the book are great! "

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About the Narrator

David Threlfall is a stage, film, and television actor and director who is best known for playing Frank Gallagher in the British television series Shameless. Throughout his career, he has performed in numerous lead roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, and the Royal Exchange.