Although Heart of Darkness was one of the first literary texts to provide a critical view of European imperial activities, it was initially read by critics as anything but controversial. While the book was generally admired, it was typically read either as a condemnation of a certain type of adventurer who could easily take advantage of imperialism’s opportunities, or else as a sentimental novel reinforcing domestic values: Kurtz’s Intended, who appears at the novella’s conclusion, was roundly praised by turn-of-the-century reviewers for her maturity and sentimental appeal. A classic.
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Where does Heart of Darkness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This audiobook version is one of the worst. However the written book by Joseph Conrad is one of the best.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Marlowe, of course. He tells the story beautifully.
How could the performance have been better?
The narrator sounds like he did this in his bedroom or basement. He is not a professional. He needs a deeper actor's voice, and not to break up sentences so much. He may annoy some people.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
All of it.
Any additional comments?
Look for a better version.