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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,956 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Conrad Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Inspired by an actual attempted terrorist attack in nineteenth-century London, The Secret Agent offers a chillingly prophetic portrait of contemporary terrorism, even famously inspiring the Unabomber. The literary precursor to the espionage novels of such writers as Graham Greene and John le Carré, Conrad’s intense political thriller resonates more strongly than ever in today’s world, where a handful of fanatics can still play mad politics and victimize the innocent.

Mr. Verloc is a double agent who operates a seedy shop in Soho, where he lives with his wife, her mother, and her idiot brother. When Verloc is assigned a dangerous act of sabotage, it has disastrous repercussions for his own family. Conrad paints a corrupt London underworld where terrorists and politicians, grotesques and foreign diplomats, fanatics and fashionable society are surprisingly intermingled. As Conrad brilliantly explores the confused motives that lie at the heart of terrorism, his savagely ironic voice is concerned not just with politics but with the desperate fates of ordinary people.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The most brilliant novelistic study of terrorism.”

    New York Times

  • “Conrad weaves the themes of spying, politics, and moral tumult into a humdinger of a novel.”


  • The Secret Agent is an astonishing book…It is one of the best—and certainly the most significant—detective stories ever written.”

    Ford Madox Ford

  • “One of Conrad’s supreme masterpieces…one of the unquestioned classics of the first order that he added to the English novel.”

    F. R. Leavis

  • One of Modern Library's 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gabe | 2/19/2014

    " I have not enjoyed or been so impressed by a book in a long ass time. I suspect I will eventually read it again "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kevin Brock | 2/15/2014

    " Starts of slow, but eventually picks-up near the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Mauri | 2/15/2014

    " Read for Novel class, fall 2009. Bo-ring. *ducks* "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Benjamin | 2/11/2014

    " This is a strange book in the way that is seems to be many things at the same time - a murder mystery, a love story, a family drama. In that sense, it is somewhat ahead of its time. "

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