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3.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 5 3.81 (16 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Conrad Narrator: Michael Pennington Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN:
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Penguin Classics presents Joseph Conrad's Nostromo, adapted for listening and available as a digital audiobook as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by Michael Pennington.

There is something in a treasure that fastens upon a man's mind. He will pray and blaspheme and still persevere, and will curse the day he ever heard of it, and will let his last hour come upon him unawares, still believing that he missed it only by a foot. He will see it every time he closes his eyes. He will never forget it till he is dead - and even then...

In the exotic South American republic of Costaguana, the San Tomé silver mine provides opportunities for untold wealth and power. Yet amid the turbulence and brutality of Latin American politics, everyone associated with it - from the compromised English mine-owner Gould to the grasping businessman Holroyd, from the revolutionary Montero to the loyal and seemingly incorruptible worker Nostromo - becomes somehow irrevocably tainted. Nostromo is a grandiose epic, startlingly modern in its technique and political sophistication - and a masterpiece of tension, adventure, and mystery.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred R | 2/15/2014

    " A consistently fluent prose style, although rarely profound or subtle. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patrick | 1/31/2014

    " A torturous book to get through. I lowered myself to skimming for much of the latter half, which is a shame, because it seemed more involving than the first half, which is a labyrinth of characters and chronological shifts containing nothing to make the reader care. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 adam | 1/22/2014

    " Amazing writing, loved the imagery, Nostromo was a very interesting and rich character and the other characters were all wonderfully detailed, the plot evoked a magnificent world again what a great honor to read another work by Joseph Conrad... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 arg/machine | 1/5/2014

    " This certified Conrad classic is in the public domain, with a free electronic copy available here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/2/2014

    " I wasn't very interested in the setting or the story at the beginning. The last 1/3 was interesting, however, so I'm glad I stuck with it. Conrad is always a good writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harold | 12/26/2013

    " Great novel about a "Banana republic", a lot of suspense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skip Knox | 12/6/2013

    " This was the most difficult Conrad for me. Which means it was still one of the best books I've read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Shilstone | 12/6/2013

    " Joe, in his masterful prose style, tells his tale of 19th century South American exploitation and rebellion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grant | 11/22/2013

    " South American adventure story, with lots of main characters (which leads to a certain loss of focus). Interesting insights into neo-colonisalism and development economics c. 1900. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey | 11/7/2013

    " Some of the best-developed characters I've yet to encounter. Dr. Monygham, resonated the most with me. Gotta get better at doing these reviews! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 9/30/2013

    " This is a very long story. I figure most people probably will never finish it. To me it was very interesting, Conrads everyman Anti-hero! Nostromo! Nostromo! Who is Nostromo? I liked it and would recommend it to anyone who likes Conrad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Hutson | 8/8/2013

    " Read it twenty years ago and currently re reading. The first two hundred pages or so are a bit of a battle but the story then comes alive in a quite dramtic way which makes the earlier part worth it and essential to set the scne and introduce the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret Langstaff | 5/11/2013

    " What a pleasure to be carried along by a great story and in the hands of a master writer. Life is too short to read mediocre books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 4/11/2013

    " Conrad's most well known for Heart of Darkness, but this book truly explores that dark heart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sophie | 4/1/2013

    " I think this suffered from being read piecemeal through Daily Lit; I never really got into it. It seemed a bit disjointed and lacked emotion. Perhaps it just felt old-fashioned. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Desiree | 1/18/2013

    " Interesting book. I had higher expectations because I loved Conrad's Under Western Eyes. This was heralded as Conrad's War and Peace. It was long like War and Peace but to mention it in the same breath as that heightened expectations which left me disappointed. "

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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

Michael Pennington is a British director and actor who has played many leading parts for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, and his own English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared as Richard Strauss and Wilhelm Furtwangler in Ronald Harwood’s Collaboration and Taking Sides in the West End and performed two solo shows on Anton Chekhov and William Shakespeare. Although primarily a stage actor, Pennington has also appeared in film, most notably as Moff Jerjerrod in Return of the Jedi and as Michael Foot in The Iron Lady. He is also the author of Hamlet: A User’s Guide, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A User’s Guide, and Are You There, Crocodile? Inventing Anton Chekhov.