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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 Threlfall Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 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 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 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 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! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeremy Morgan | 1/4/2014

    " If this was his best story then his others should be used in lieu of waterboarding. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carmen | 12/16/2013

    " I could appreciate it for the great piece of literature it was, but I didn't really enjoy it. One of those books everyone should read and appreciate, but may not enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dina | 11/23/2013

    " Enjoyable story telling with emotional and moody language. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxann Souci | 11/23/2013

    " This is one my favorite book by Conrad, who I consider a literary giant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 8/8/2013

    " This really is such an astonishing story. The reader is pulled in to the story so smoothly and pulled along the action easily. Still worth reading and re-reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kayla | 8/6/2013

    " Ugh. Well, I did need to read this for class, but it was truly a struggle to get through. While at some points I could see the meaning behind the narrative and deeply symbolic points of the tale, it was incredibly dull and thus had nothing to support itself on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey Larsen | 7/31/2013

    " Liked the movie Apocalipse Now better "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gilberto Rodríguez | 7/24/2013

    " Amazing journey to the evilness and corruption of the men "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chantal Emond | 6/29/2013

    " Well, it's not 200 pages first of all. Only 78 pages. Good story. Dark, hence its name, but good :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roze | 4/7/2013

    " Brilliant book. Rather complex for me, as I got confused in the syntax. However I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron Banister | 3/3/2013

    " The dark is there for everyone...Apocalypse Now is a great modernized film version. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Antonio De cunzo | 1/17/2013

    " I wanted this to be awesome but I just didn't get it. I might have to reread it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merve | 12/16/2012

    " dark, dark and dark..mysterious, obscure but engrossing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly Harris | 11/28/2012

    " For an English book this was actually fairly entertaining. While I did find it tedious and wordy at times, I enjoyed this book for the most part. "

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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.

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.