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3.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 5 3.30 (90 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Conrad Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9781400185856
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Lord Jim tells the story of a young, idealistic Englishman—“as unflinching as a hero in a book”—who is disgraced by a single act of cowardice while serving as an officer on the Patna, a merchant-ship sailing from an eastern port. His life is ruined: an isolated scandal has assumed horrifying proportions. But then he is befriended by an older man named Marlow who helps establish him in exotic Patusan, a remote Malay settlement where his courage is put to the test once more.

Lord Jim is about courage, cowardice, self-knowledge, and personal growth. It is one of the most profound and rewarding psychological novels in the English language. Set in the context of social change and colonial expansion in late Victorian England, it embodies in Jim the values and turmoil of a fading empire.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 2/18/2014

    " Equal parts excellent and exhausting. I've read few writers who launch themselves so mercilessly, unlyrically, almost compulsively full-bore into every sentence, every idea -- it's not always the best writing, but to me it was unimpeachably true and deeply admirable. Perfect for those who take their adventure stories with a complexity that Robert Louis Stevenson fails to deliver, but also wish Modern Novels had room for more shipwrecks and jungles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aakash Kumar | 2/15/2014

    " A great piece of literature.... something different "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jane Marie | 2/14/2014

    " I've been working on reading this wretched book for several weeks. All I can say is that I'm glad I listened to the audiobook in my car. At least I didn't waste any of my life on it. Save yourself from this boring, drawn out, epic to guilt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith Miller | 2/14/2014

    " Lord Jim (Signet Classics (Paperback)) by Joseph Conrad (2000) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlie | 2/12/2014

    " I love this story but I find Conrad really hard to read. Not sure I'll be rushing back to read any Conrad in a hurry but I've said that before and still come back. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger | 2/10/2014

    " This is the greatest of Conrad, in my opinion, and he was a great writer. A simple story, told with the richness of Conrad's experiences at sea, it tells of one man's life-long efforts to overcome two cowardly acts and prove himself a brave man. Jim tries to live up to his early image of himself as a romantic and heroic adventurer. You have to wade through one difficult chapter, but the rest is clear sailing. Five times in my life I've felt like I was reading a great novel. This is one of them. The rest: ULYSSES, by James Joyce; MOBY DICK, by Herman Melville; AS I LAY DYING, by William Faulkner; and BLOOD MERIDIAN, by Cormac McCarthy. These are as good as it gets, for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alec | 2/4/2014

    " Having visited Southeast Asia earlier this year, I was amused to read Joseph Conrad's "Lord Jim" and to reflect upon how greatly the world changes in the span of a hundred years. There is little resemblance between modern Southeast Asia and the bygone era of "Lord Jim." The bamboo-walled kampongs have been replaced by steel-girded skyscrapers; the fishing villages with Chinese junks are now concrete harbors where Wal-Mart super-freighters lay anchored. The tales of the White Rajahs are merely faded ink on old pages in museums. Yet, even after a century, Conrad's novel of a youthful outcast whose chivalrous actions are driven by a past failure remains interesting. Although Conrad's prose is dated and Arthurian in parts, his characterization is truly excellent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike Jensen | 2/4/2014

    " I'm imagining the Dick Cheney review: What a looser!" Well, he is, I suppose, but don't all stories of redemption begin with losers? The issue is what you do after you fail, and Jim does a lot. Some people never find the beauty in Conrad. They see only the contrivance, and I confess to being one of them. That said, LORD JIM is not two star book, but deserves three or four. This Pocket Classics edition is unimpressive. The drawings illustrate the story, but are not compelling. The pace is slack. This is better then the Classics Illustrated comic book, but not very good at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darran Mclaughlin | 1/30/2014

    " Magnificent novel. More people should read Conrad. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dick Stapleton | 1/27/2014

    " GR needs new category, "Tried to Read." LJ was part of a stack of books taken on summer vacation. It just didn't compete and I set it aside. In fairness, because I was lugging lot of books, I checked out a small (in size) copy which turned out to have a size four font. That aside tho, the dated writing was a palisade I could not get over. Why, I thought, take 20 words to say what could be expressed in 10. But then Im pickled up "East of Eden," equally lengthy and "wordy" and I realized my compliant was not with the number of words but rather with the fact so many of themcwere empty. Steinbeck does not spare the wrods; he just makes them all work. Dosappointeed because I really expected to like Conrad and LJ. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Johnston | 1/26/2014

    " I read this during my Army years. One of the best novels I had ever read at the time, and it still holds up well. Vividly memorable picture of a young man's loss of honor and his desperate, lifelong attempt at somehow living with that loss and trying to regain some semblance of dignity and worth in his life. Very affecting for me then, and especially later, after I had essentially done the same thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 1/26/2014

    " Classic, of course, but well worth reading more than 100 years after it was written. At times difficult to follow because Marlow, the narrator, jumps back and forth in his chronology of events. Nonetheless, the core questions remain: Is there redemption? What would you have done in Jim's situation? Is one's fate "written in stone?" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nate | 1/25/2014

    " Amazingly well written. Particularly evocative to read this while living in Indonesia. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lori | 1/24/2014

    " Just not for me. I couldn't follow the plot at all. I could get behind Heart of Darkness, but this was a really difficult read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin Plume | 1/21/2014

    " A lot of people don't like Conrad for various reasons, but this is dark in a fascinating rather than morbid way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maureen | 1/20/2014

    " The two-star rating is an honest assessment of how much I actually enjoyed reading this book, rather than a judgment on its quality as a literary classic or whatevz. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucian McMahon | 1/18/2014

    " "She had said he had been driven away from her by a dream,--and there was no answer one could make her--there seemed to be no forgiveness for such a transgression. And yet is not mankind itself, pushing on its blind way, driven by a dream of greatness and its power upon the dark paths of excessive cruelty and of excessive devotion? And what is the pursuit of truth, after all?" 349-50 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ArryalJoy | 1/16/2014

    " So many ways to describe the vast horizon,lols. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kecia | 1/14/2014

    " I just didn't dig it. It was ok but I don't think I even want to go back and try it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ty mader | 1/14/2014

    " great novel. tells a wonderful story in my opinion. well thought out and executed. one of the only novels ive ever read to bring a small tear to the eye. i cant go much more into depth without spoiling some of the best parts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 1/13/2014

    " So insightful. And now im reading A quiet American by Graham Greene, which has to be another in the same vain, wirth comparing "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Oddrun | 1/12/2014

    " All too long, boring. I have tried to read it at least three times over the years, but now it is standing in one of my bookshelves, and there it is going to stay for a while. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Talia | 1/10/2014

    " Classic Conrad. Haven't yet had enough time to sit and think abot this book, so I don't yet have anything to say about it aside from the fact that like Heart of Darkness, it's not an easy read, but it's certainly an interesting book to think and talk about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allen Price | 1/7/2014

    " I listened to the audio book and want the read the printed version to pick up what I missed. Enjoyed the rise and fall of fortunes of "Lord" Jim. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carmen | 1/7/2014

    " I threw it across the room when I finshed, screaming, "NEVER AGAIN!", startling all the kids in my silent reading period. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen | 1/6/2014

    " How many MORE Joseph Conrad books are lying in wait for me on the Modern Library list, IS IT 85? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Place | 1/2/2014

    " I felt it a bit tedious, but the plot was interesting, and characters complex, great ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nullaesomines | 12/29/2013

    " Ahh yes....the scene where he is staring at the bulkhead and thinking of all the pilgrims on board. The Moment of choice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 12/27/2013

    " Just a great book. Clever, thought provoking .... a wonderful read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith Miller | 12/22/2013

    " Lord Jim (Signet Classics (Paperback)) by Joseph Conrad (2000) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eli | 12/20/2013

    " I love love love this book. Joesph Conrad is so good at showing how terrible and how wonderful people can be. Marlow is my favorite narrator. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martine Chantraine | 12/20/2013

    " Will most likely re read this book, it is a fascinating novel! next time I read it I will take an atlas along to follow the itinerary more closely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin Plume | 12/17/2013

    " A lot of people don't like Conrad for various reasons, but this is dark in a fascinating rather than morbid way. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Graeme | 12/9/2013

    " Wow. Was this book ever terrible. It was on the Modern Library top 100 which is why I was reading it. But I couldn't get into the style. The double narration bit was confusing at times and I just thought the story stunk. So unengaging. A really bad book, imo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad Strom | 12/2/2013

    " Although not what I expected ... somehow the author made me twist with anxiousness at the decisions and outcomes that Jim had to faced ... great writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 11/23/2013

    " Just a great book. Clever, thought provoking .... a wonderful read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lori | 6/6/2013

    " Just not for me. I couldn't follow the plot at all. I could get behind Heart of Darkness, but this was a really difficult read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 3/23/2013

    " A good adventure novel. Like Robert Lewis Stephenson for grownups. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martin | 2/22/2013

    " Just hang on in there, it isrewarding "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen | 1/4/2013

    " How many MORE Joseph Conrad books are lying in wait for me on the Modern Library list, IS IT 85? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 12/15/2012

    " A great adventure story... Supposedly read this back in AP English, but I really never did. Glad to have finally done so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 11/17/2012

    " Conrad's books are so rich. They really are the types of books that got me into philosophy. That said, this was a tough one to get into. For a slim volume it felt like a two ton heavything. Recommended reading for those that are looking for more than entertainment from their reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 11/13/2012

    " Oh my god it never ends. It could be a really interesting story but Conrad's ridiculously wordy language muffles everything and makes it super hard to stay focused. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Dodaro | 10/29/2012

    " I'm a sucker for 19th century English sea tales. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 C. Atteridge | 8/30/2012

    " ok, i didn't really finish it. was enjoying it but other (better) books caught my attention. might go back to it some day . . , but doubt it. just wanted to take it off my 'to read' list! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ana | 8/27/2012

    " Found an exception to the father-daughter reading similarities "rule". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Letterswitch | 8/11/2012

    " The narrative framing device distanced me too greatly from the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 7/24/2012

    " Conrad's ability to evoke the internal struggle of his heroes when brought to extreme moral crisis stuns me. The vast majority of us will never have to make decisions of such consequence, but it makes me wonder how I would stand the test. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 4/24/2012

    " Conrad is a disciplined writer and his prose enters my own writing after I read him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad Strom | 3/12/2012

    " Although not what I expected ... somehow the author made me twist with anxiousness at the decisions and outcomes that Jim had to faced ... great writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Therese | 3/1/2012

    " He's not what you think... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Buzz Borders | 1/31/2012

    " A difficult read, but worth the time. Since there isn't one clearcut story/told through different prespectives, the reading can be challenging. But the book with stick with you. Lord Jim is the man. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jane Marie | 1/21/2012

    " I've been working on reading this wretched book for several weeks. All I can say is that I'm glad I listened to the audiobook in my car. At least I didn't waste any of my life on it. Save yourself from this boring, drawn out, epic to guilt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Odetta | 1/9/2012

    " Not for lazy reading....worth it. Great classic and darn good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clint | 1/4/2012

    " I love literature about SE Asia from this period, and this is as good as it gets, exploring themes of cruelty, master and slave, outsiders, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gregory Knapp | 12/17/2011

    " He was . . . one of us. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hunter Marston | 12/12/2011

    " some terrific and memorable prose, but a long story and often arcane language may lose the reader here and there. or maybe it was just a bit over my head - like reading Kipling's Kim. a heroic ending and some brilliant passages, however, make it worth the while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Mark King | 12/3/2011

    " A great book...fascinating use of narration and shifts in perspectives and time. Jim is an interesting (if not entirely easy to sympathize with) character. His story is sad, but not quite sad enough to justify the sacrifice he makes, nor the brutality of his end. Still, I quite enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 11/2/2011

    " A great adventure story... Supposedly read this back in AP English, but I really never did. Glad to have finally done so. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nina | 10/30/2011

    " did not finished it...want to read it from the beginning again some time...bought it because it has indonesian setting..haha... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Grieve | 8/2/2011

    " The first part of this book was written as a short, and later extended into what became (according to the foreword) Conrad's favourite novel. Unfortunately, you can see the seam. I give the "short" five stars, but the novel drags on and couldn't quite hold my attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Robison | 7/18/2011

    " When I first read Lord Jim, I found it confusing and awfully slow. However, over the years, it's grown on me. The non-chronological timeline and Conrad's opulent writing style make reading the book a romantic and poetic experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward Oser | 6/9/2011

    " Seriously good read. It takes more than a few grimaces and shrugs to get over the racism, but Conrad's understanding of people's motivations and psyches is revelatory. The early scenes of the boat on calm water is some of the best writing I've read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allegra | 5/26/2011

    " Hated the ending. I'm ok with a sad or tragic ending when it has a purpose but this was just like, "Are you kidding me?!". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 5/25/2011

    " Here's an example of my occasional confusion about whether I read a book or not. I'm pretty sure I did
    but if I did it probably followed seeing the Peter O'Toole movie and I get the two confused. The movie
    was a star-packed actioner but only so-so. Date read is a guess. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geoffrey | 5/14/2011

    " This certainly depressed the hell out of me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nullaesomines | 4/29/2011

    " Ahh yes....the scene where he is staring at the bulkhead and thinking of all the pilgrims on board. The Moment of choice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 4/28/2011

    " this book started off awesome, but the second half drags a little bit. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sonia | 1/31/2011

    " Abandoned! Whew, just could not do it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/26/2011

    " Not for lazy reading....worth it. Great classic and darn good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/10/2011

    " One of those books I skipped in college, with good reason: it is infernally long. It's also, however, quite good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josefien | 1/10/2011

    " certainly a very good book. not an easy read. appreciated it better once I'd finished it ;-) Very romantic shakespearian theme of guilt. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martin | 12/28/2010

    " I get why you're important. I get that Conrad did a lot of brand new things here. I get that the shifting narrative structure is absurdly ambiguous and comments on unreliability in literature. What I don't get is why you had to be so boring about it, Joseph. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charlene | 12/21/2010

    " Only book I had trouble reading. I don't know how many times I started this book before I could actually finish it. "

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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

John Lee, a stage actor and writer and a coproducer of feature films, has narrated more than one hundred audiobooks of every conceivable genre, earning some three dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award.