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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (476 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Conrad Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9781400180899
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Calm, stoic captain Mac Whirr has just been given command of a new steamship, the Nan-Shan. He and his crew are transporting Asian workers across the China Sea when a sudden drop in atmospheric pressure alerts Mac Whirr of “some uncommonly dirty weather knocking about.”

Soon the steamship, her crew, and the human cargo are caught in the midst of a vicious typhoon. The impending disaster brings out the best and the worst of Mac Whirr; Jukes, the chief mate; Solomon, the wise engineer; and the rest of the crew. Conrad shows that in the struggle for survival, true character will always be exposed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If you liked The Perfect Storm, you will be blown away by Typhoon, Conrad’s classic tale.”

    David Hagberg, New York Times bestselling author

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shorewalker | 2/17/2014

    " Good fast read, must for anyone who enjoy a good under the sea tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 2/15/2014

    " Great story - very well done for a very limited plotline! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 1/28/2014

    " Good read. Easy read, although Old English difficult to follow at times. Great parallels and symbolism to the corporate world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 1/21/2014

    " Very intense, great read! Not very long too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 1/19/2014

    " Good read. Easy read, although Old English difficult to follow at times. Great parallels and symbolism to the corporate world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stef Onthesea | 1/12/2014

    " J'ai failli y rester, dans le cahos. Passionnant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 1/2/2014

    " Great story - very well done for a very limited plotline! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isaac | 12/19/2013

    " If you've only read Heart of Darkness, you probably don't know what a fantastic sense of humor Conrad has. Typhoon is short and thrilling and funny. The plot is persistently engaging, but Conrad's real aim is to show you how his characters react under the stresses of their world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret Langstaff | 12/1/2013

    " I am re-reading many literary classics that I studied as an English major at UF but have not re-visited in years. A squib for some new title set in Africa vaguely reminded me of Conrad's The Heart of Darkness and I said -- hey -- I think I'd rather read Conrad than this newbie author. Wowser, glad I did. As an author myself now with 25 years of additional life experience since I was first "force fed" Conrad, I have to say that I am now in awe of his accomplishments. I picked up Typhoon after Heart of Darkness cuz my new novel (about 1/2 finished) has a wicked hurricane as a backdrop for the unfolding of some of its events. I wanted to see what Conrad had done with his "storm story." Again, he knocked me out. He is an absolute master with character development and thorny moral/ethical issues. Also today I am struck by how darn suspenseful his narratives are...genuine edge-of-your seat kind of reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stef Onthesea | 11/29/2013

    " J'ai failli y rester, dans le cahos. Passionnant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 11/19/2013

    " Very good adventure tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 11/4/2013

    " A great tale of the ocean and of human frailty. You will be dumping the sea water out of your chair. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evan | 10/22/2013

    " Don't read this in stormy weather. Or high winds. Or near an ocean. Or a sink. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 10/19/2013

    " Great story - very well done for a very limited plotline! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 10/9/2013

    " Oh, my! One of the greatest, if not "the" greatest, ever written. Conrad must have experienced something similar or he could not have written it with such descriptions! I do like sea stories and I loved this one. (It's short but every word, as usual with Conrad, packed a punch!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 10/7/2013

    " Great writing as usual. I love his style and word pictures. A short, but exciting tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shorewalker | 9/19/2013

    " Good fast read, must for anyone who enjoy a good under the sea tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marts (Thinker) | 9/17/2013

    " The tale of Captain Macwhirr of the Nan-Shan who, whilst returning Chinese workers home notices unusual barometric readings but refuses to change course believing his ship could withstand any natural opposition. Throughout the disaster he is ably assisted by his first mate Jukes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shorewalker | 7/3/2013

    " Good fast read, must for anyone who enjoy a good under the sea tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 5/26/2013

    " Very good adventure tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 5/6/2013

    " Oh, my! One of the greatest, if not "the" greatest, ever written. Conrad must have experienced something similar or he could not have written it with such descriptions! I do like sea stories and I loved this one. (It's short but every word, as usual with Conrad, packed a punch!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hans | 4/24/2013

    " Possibly a metaphor for the self-imposed rule of society as a ship tossed about in a turbulent and unwelcoming universe where men fight to preserve order or squabble over trivialities. Or maybe it is just a story about dumb luck and being almost crushed by a storm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 1/1/2013

    " A great tale of the ocean and of human frailty. You will be dumping the sea water out of your chair. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evan | 12/17/2012

    " Don't read this in stormy weather. Or high winds. Or near an ocean. Or a sink. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 11/22/2012

    " Very intense, great read! Not very long too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stef Onthesea | 11/7/2012

    " J'ai failli y rester, dans le cahos. Passionnant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marts (Thinker) | 10/15/2012

    " The tale of Captain Macwhirr of the Nan-Shan who, whilst returning Chinese workers home notices unusual barometric readings but refuses to change course believing his ship could withstand any natural opposition. Throughout the disaster he is ably assisted by his first mate Jukes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 9/15/2012

    " Very intense, great read! Not very long too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evan | 8/23/2012

    " Don't read this in stormy weather. Or high winds. Or near an ocean. Or a sink. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isaac | 1/27/2012

    " If you've only read Heart of Darkness, you probably don't know what a fantastic sense of humor Conrad has. Typhoon is short and thrilling and funny. The plot is persistently engaging, but Conrad's real aim is to show you how his characters react under the stresses of their world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hans | 8/8/2011

    " Possibly a metaphor for the self-imposed rule of society as a ship tossed about in a turbulent and unwelcoming universe where men fight to preserve order or squabble over trivialities. Or maybe it is just a story about dumb luck and being almost crushed by a storm. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hans | 7/28/2011

    " Possibly a metaphor for the self-imposed rule of society as a ship tossed about in a turbulent and unwelcoming universe where men fight to preserve order or squabble over trivialities. Or maybe it is just a story about dumb luck and being almost crushed by a storm. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marts (Thinker) | 6/15/2011

    " The tale of Captain Macwhirr of the Nan-Shan who, whilst returning Chinese workers home notices unusual barometric readings but refuses to change course believing his ship could withstand any natural opposition. Throughout the disaster he is ably assisted by his first mate Jukes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isaac | 5/27/2011

    " If you've only read Heart of Darkness, you probably don't know what a fantastic sense of humor Conrad has. Typhoon is short and thrilling and funny. The plot is persistently engaging, but Conrad's real aim is to show you how his characters react under the stresses of their world. "

  • 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 5/7/2011

    " Good read. Easy read, although Old English difficult to follow at times. Great parallels and symbolism to the corporate world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 10/29/2010

    " A great tale of the ocean and of human frailty. You will be dumping the sea water out of your chair. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hans | 9/17/2010

    " Possibly a metaphor for the self-imposed rule of society as a ship tossed about in a turbulent and unwelcoming universe where men fight to preserve order or squabble over trivialities. Or maybe it is just a story about dumb luck and being almost crushed by a storm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 3/19/2010

    " Oh, my! One of the greatest, if not "the" greatest, ever written. Conrad must have experienced something similar or he could not have written it with such descriptions! I do like sea stories and I loved this one. (It's short but every word, as usual with Conrad, packed a punch!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 1/11/2010

    " Good read. Easy read, although Old English difficult to follow at times. Great parallels and symbolism to the corporate world. "

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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

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.