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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (82 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Conrad Narrator: Walter Zimmerman Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN:
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Two colonial officers extol the benefits they are bringing to an African village in the form of quays and warehouses, and barracks-and billiard-rooms. A French republican who has fathered three idiot sons makes his peace with the Church, only to have an idiot daughter. A woman chooses not to leave her husband...but he leaves her.

Such are the ironies of Conrad's earliest short stories, which are not apprentice work but miniature masterpieces in their own right. As astoundingly original in construction as the great novels that were to come, these tales are in many ways more challenging and more disturbing still. A sense of human existence as surprising and often perplexing informs every page of this remarkable collection. Complex, arresting, and unsettling, these are indeed tales of unrest. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick Neylan | 8/20/2012

    " Very early collection of short stories "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 7/2/2012

    " What a great storyteller. His fixation on the ills of "modern man" at the turn of the last century. is captivating. Just what you'd expect in short stories from Joseph "The Heart of Darkness" Conrad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dad | 5/22/2011

    " I read this as part of my Advanced Placement English class during my senior year at Roy High School.
    This book had a lot of symbolism. Everything there was meant to be "dark." I still remember it after 40 years. It kinda gave me a creepy feeling. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary | 5/22/2011

    " This book was a real challenge for me. Book group wanted to read a classic and someone picked this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 5/21/2011

    " One of my favorite books due to the contemplative nature of the narrative and its dialogue concerning the human experience. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tanya | 5/19/2011

    " Worst high school assignment ever... but maybe it was the teacher and my group rather than the book... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gretchen | 5/18/2011

    " So boring. I can see why people think it was amazing... but really, what a bore. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ctb | 5/16/2011

    " Achebe is wrong! This book exposes and condemns European racism and colonization, not condones it. It even, in 1898, takes a stab at sexism. Conrad was a genius. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oskari | 5/15/2011

    " A simple novella plotwise. The language is powerful, scenery oppresive and the themes intellectually brutal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deepti | 5/12/2011

    " Brilliant, although you need multiple reads to uncover it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steffi | 5/11/2011

    " Good start. By the end you get a bit drowned in the heavy 19th-century writing style. There are some good excerpts and thoughtful moral messages, if you can manage to pick them out from the rubble of words... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 5/10/2011

    " the sentences! the sentences! The very end makes no sense to me, though. Think he screwed that up. I also don't see what was so great about Kurtz. Seems to me that might have been shown better. But the rest is beautifully written, sentence after sentence. "

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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.