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The Secret Agent Audiobook

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Read By: Chris MacDonnell Publisher: Spoken Realms Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: April 2024 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9798874727673

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Longest Chapter Length:

79:05 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

31 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

42:23 minutes

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Publisher Description

Published in 1907 and dedicated to H.G. Wells, The Secret Agent by (Polish-born) Joseph Conrad is set in London in 1886 and is one of his later novels. In this period, he moves away from seafaring tales to political themes. This novel is inspired by an actual event.

Adolf Verloc is a secret agent who provides information and takes care of arriving undercover agents of an un-named government through their embassy. He also runs a shady business selling pornography, comic books, contraceptives, and the like. As well as this, he’s a confidential informant to Chief Inspector Heat of the London police. His family consists of his wife, Winnie, her Mother, and his (presumably) autistic brother-in-law, Stevie. His circle of friends is a group of anarchists (Ossipon, Yundt, Michaelis, and explosives expert, “The Professor”). They are known to the police and are kept under observation by them. For the most part, they publish anarchist literature, mainly “The FP” which stands for “The Future of the Proletariat".  When a bombing occurs at the Greenwich Observatory, it goes wrong, and the bomber is blown to pieces. Chief Inspector Heat and the Assistant Commissioner are called upon to investigate. They begin their inquiries with the usual Anarchist suspects.

Conrad writes this tale with amazing fluidity and use of the English language. His psychological style, cleverness of plot, and storytelling are rarely surpassed in English Literature. The effect he achieves is surprisingly cinematic.

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About 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 Chris MacDonnell

Chris MacDonnell is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and a classically trained actor and voice artist whose theater credits include London’s West End and the Royal National Theatre, British TV shows, BBC Radio drama, commercials, and films. He is also a published poet and has written comedy and drama for television shows.