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    Joseph Conrad's searing tale of one of the strangest and most memorable journeys ever taken. Quite simply the scariest book ever written, this is a searing tale of one of the strangest and most memorable journeys ever undertaken - to the heart of a geographical and psychological wilderness from which no-one returns unscarred. For this isn't simply a journey up an uncharted river into a geographical wilderness; rather, it's a trip deep into our collective subconscious.

    This story - about what happens when so-called "civilized" human beings go off the rails - was the inspiration for Francis Ford Coppola's movie Apocalypse Now.

    Conrad himself had undertaken such a river journey as a ship's captain back in 1889 when he was in his early 30's and before he took to writing full time. Back then, the Congo Free State, as this area of Africa was known, was a Belgian colony under the personal control of King Leopold II. Atrocities were commonplace, to the point where the international community finally had to sit up and take notice; in a report published in 1904, over 3 million people were said to have died as a direct result of European intervention in the area.

    It has long been argued whether Heart of Darkness, which first appeared in 1902, was in any way influential in bringing Leopold's violent regime to the public's attention; but whether or not, it remains a searing indictment of human rapacity - and depravity.

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    • Imago1
    • 17/02/2015

    Best Narrator

    After listening to all of the previews I selected this narration. I was not disappointed. The emotion with which the narrator spoke allowed me to have a better connection to the text. I have read this book multiple times and found that listening allowed me to perceive and comprehend parts of the text that I had previously glossed over. It was like a new experience altogether. I highly recommend listening to this version.

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    • David J. Langrock
    • 19/04/2015

    Amazing prose, breathtaking story.

    Joseph Conrad is simply one of the best writers in the English language. He is both efficient and opulent at the same time. This text is fascinating and it manages to be sympathetic with the protagonist while utterly condemning the empire and culture he represents. The narrator was fantastic as well! I will listen to this one over and over.

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    • Will York
    • 08/12/2019

    Loved It

    Evocative prose brings to life the descriptions and interpretations of the narrating character. I felt as if the story itself was a jungle I was traveling deep within. The narrator was fantastic, like I was actually listening to the character recount the story.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 04/05/2019

    Excellent

    Captivating story, clear and engaging narration. For those wondering, this version is not edited for political correctness.

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    • Daniel Apple
    • 25/05/2019

    Great story, well read.

    The reader transforms this great story into a first person experience that should not be overlooked.

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    • Stacey D Bray
    • 06/01/2019

    Great narrator, hard-to-follow story.

    All of the other options for readings of this book had horrible ratings of the narrators, so I can definitely confirm this one had a very good narrator, but the story itself is so hard to follow without listening to it twice just to understand what's going on.

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    • Daniel
    • 05/05/2015

    Masterfully performed

    A true classic and a masterful and intensely felt performance by the narrator David Rintoul.

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    • WAYNE YUNGHANS
    • 23/12/2020

    Incredibly luxurious Prose

    I suppose I expected something of a travelogue of the Congo. This is not that. What this is is a meandering story that is weak on plot but infused with amazing descriptions. Again those descriptions are not of the flora and fauna of the Congo. They are, instead, riveting and insightful descriptions of the characters' souls. Conrad's writing is amazing. And the narrator is just as amazing. He is perfect for this piece. As one who luxuriate in verbiage, I enjoyed the book.

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    • SCOTT ADAMS
    • 18/12/2020

    A Masterpiece

    One of my favorites from childhood., what a wonderfully written book which inspired others. Love the classics.

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    • Jeremy
    • 17/10/2020

    Rintoul’s is the best rendition on Audible

    This narrator alone catches the casual, weary and sardonic tone that Conrad’s writing surely needs. He gives every word, every nuance, its due weight. I’ve read the book many times, but to hear David Rintoul perform it is to hear it as if for the first time — as if one were actually listening to Marlowe in the darkness, managing with difficulty to put his bleak and troubling memories into precise language. It’s spellbinding. Download this one. You won’t regret it.