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3.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 5 3.90 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Conrad Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 ISBN: 9781461809913
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From one of the greatest modern writers in world literature comes a magnificent story of love, adventure and rescue played out against the shimmering South Seas. Alone on a tropical island, a Swedish baron and a beautiful violinist discover the long-lost joys of love. But when two treasure hunters arrive on the beach, the lovers know that evil has invaded their romantic paradise-an evil they are powerless to stop. Victory is a timeless classic that showcases the probing psychological insight, the masterful drama, and the breathtaking atmosphere that have won Joseph Conrad generations of fans.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jrohde | 2/16/2014

    " another of Conrad that I have read and enjoyed before. a tragic tale of a wonderful set of people who might have lived that idylic life on a tropical isle away from all the corruption of society but victimised by greed and jealousy of a horrid hotel keeper in Surabaya and a wicked soldier of fortune who comes to their island convinced that they have money (which they dont). Conrad is a master of character and environment and the tragedy that afflicts many of higher motives yet not left alone to do good. One of my favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Henry | 2/14/2014

    " I love Conrad but this is not my favourite. The characterisation is stunning, Heyst's repression, disenchantment and longing are palpable and the villains are the best villains you'll read in a long time. The first two thirds is wonderful, rich, beautifully written but as soon as the romantic allusions start it suddenly gets stiff and mawkish and frankly unbelievable. Lena as a character and her dialogue is just not believable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nim | 2/11/2014

    " I initially decided to read this book because I wanted to look clever while carrying it around while I was backpacking... unfortunately, no prop can make me look clever, but this book definitely kept me entertained. Not a pick-me-up sort of book, but I guess if Conrad's writing it, you have expect that. What can I say, it's a classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 2/8/2014

    " I didn't get into this quite as much as the rest of Conrad's books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Guild | 2/7/2014

    " Absolutely stunning. If you've never read any of Conrad's novels, or if you didn't enjoy Heart of Darkness, give Victory a try. It's much more accessible than his earlier work, yet it still retains all the elements that make Conrad great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isa | 1/27/2014

    " Initial reactions: Instantly draws you in. Conrad's powerful command of description and forward-moving plot make for a smooth read. What I liked the most was his thorough study of each important character. The relationship between Lena and Heyst is complex and not a simple love story. Ricardo and Mr. Jones offer beguiling studies of evil. I also got a sense of how one cannot ever be too sure of another body's intentions and vice versa, making for uncertainty, and the cause of all of Heyst's unlucky drama in the first place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 1/17/2014

    " Joan Didion said that before she begins writing a novel, she reads Victory to remind her about the possibilities of plot, narrator, and fiction in general. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie Branco | 12/29/2013

    " The book has humor, a bad guy parallel to Captain Hook, and a main character of my own mind. The easiest and most enjoyable Conrad book I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 12/24/2013

    " I loved the lyrical use of language and had to look up a few words that really aren't used anymore. There was great development of character and a sweetness to the main character that I really liked. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave | 12/21/2013

    " Just a good read. Conrad is a great storyteller. Between Victory and Heart of Darkness, I'd hand the better story to the first. (But without less obvious thematic human elements than the latter) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken Wiltsee | 7/27/2013

    " I truly wonderful novel -- one of the classics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy | 6/30/2013

    " Excellent book. I suggest you read it soon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Haley Cornell | 3/17/2013

    " It has never taken so much willpower to get through one book, as it took me to finish this one. The only saving grace lies in the last fifty or so pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce | 8/21/2012

    " Beautiful writing and great storytelling! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 4/26/2012

    " Some exquisite writing, preparing to learn more about the reclusive Heyst, when the plot seems to devolve to comic strip characters and desperate actions. I was surprised to discover that this was a later work, as I found the last third of the story so two-dimensional. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick\ | 1/23/2012

    " Read many years ago,it moved me like no other book before. Then I entered my teens. haven't been back to it since. But I will remember it as a five star. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith Miller | 1/12/2012

    " Victory: An Island Tale (Collected Works of Joseph Conrad) by Joseph Conrad (2000) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graham Oliver | 12/4/2011

    " First half was a lot like Maugham's Razor's Edge except not annoying to read, second half felt like something from a Graham Greene book. Overall, I enjoyed this a lot more than Heart of Darkness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 11/16/2011

    " The least scope of any Conrad book I've read yet, but still decent. And I suppose it's getting a little old pointing out white male early modernist writers couldn't write women. So I won't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanne | 7/22/2011

    " Really good well written story set in Indonesia, Conrad describes the area so well because he spent time there as a sailor and you feel that the characters were real people. "

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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

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.