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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Conrad Narrator: Antony Ferguson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9781452670294
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One of the greatest political novels in any language, Nostromo reenacts the establishment of modern capitalism in a remote South American province locked between the Andes and the Pacific. In Sulaco, a harbor town in the imaginary South American republic of Costaguana, a vivid cast of characters is caught up in a civil war to decide whether its fabulously wealthy silver mine, funded by American money but owned by a third-generation English immigrant, can be preserved from the hands of venal politicians. Greed and corruption seep into the lives of everyone, and Nostromo, the principled foreman of the mine, is tested to the limit.

One of Joseph Conrad’s greatest works, Nostromo is a gripping tale of capitalist exploitation and rebellion that employs flashbacks and glimpses of the future to depict the lure of silver and its effects on men.

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

    " A story about an English pirate and silver treasure! Set in a pre turn of the century Latin American colony, this story was very captivating for many reasons. The adventure aspect wasn't exaggerated and the pace of the story captures the reader's attention. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 2/8/2011

    " Total Rating: 3 of 10

    Characters: 0 of 2
    Themes/Symbols: 1 of 2
    Plot: 0 of 2
    Prose: 2 of 2
    Wider Influence: 0 of 2 "

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

    " Holy crap, this was a tough read but well worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K.c. | 1/16/2011

    " Not an easy book to get into, nor to keep reading once you're into it. But it does pick up steam eventually, and I appreciate its Modernist impulse. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anthony | 1/13/2011

    " The book was alright. I wasn't jumping for you because part of it was difficult to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise | 12/30/2010

    " Read this book in 2006. Don't recall at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ross | 11/29/2010

    " Although a gripping story at times filled with romantic drama, Conrad’s vision seems a bit blurred here. One doesn’t know quite how to feel at the end—that what seem great heroic deeds always have their funny backstories? "

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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

Antony Ferguson was born in London. He has performed successfully on both sides of the Atlantic and has played many leading roles in theater, film, and television. He has over fifty audiobooks to his credit and is an AudioFile Earphones Award winner.