Nigger of the Narcissus


Read by Tom Crawford

(3.9 stars; 14 reviews)

This is the story of a voyage of a merchant sailing ship from Bombay to England, set in the very late 19th century. “It was a bad winter off the Cape that year.” From Wikepedia: “The novel is seen as an allegory about isolation and solidarity, the ship's company serving as a microcosm of a social group.” As to the title, one can only ask, “What WERE you thinking?” (Introduction by Tom Crawford)

(6 hr 20 min)

Chapters

Preface 16:02 Read by Tom Crawford
Chap 1 Part 1 22:57 Read by Tom Crawford
Chap 1 Part 2 26:57 Read by Tom Crawford
Chap 2 Part 1 25:06 Read by Tom Crawford
Chap 2 Part 2 18:03 Read by Tom Crawford
Chap 3 Part 1 29:25 Read by Tom Crawford
Chap 3 Part 2 36:20 Read by Tom Crawford
Chap 3 Part 3 23:15 Read by Tom Crawford
Chap 4 Part 1 31:37 Read by Tom Crawford
Chap 4 Part 2 33:53 Read by Tom Crawford
Chap 4 Part 3 38:04 Read by Tom Crawford
Chap 5 Part 1 20:07 Read by Tom Crawford
Chap 5 Part 2 33:29 Read by Tom Crawford
Chap 5 Part 3 25:44 Read by Tom Crawford

Reviews

(5 stars)

Worth it for the preface

Nigger of the Narcissus

(4 stars)

I enjoyed the book, but what a strange name. Tom, thank you for the reading. You need to try and capthe different characters as you rean. You are speaking in monotone. Just practice and you'll get it.

(3 stars)

The subdued ('monotonic') voice of this narrator is not entirely a bad thing..the prose is already so purple that we do not need him to add any extra drama of his own. The mispronunciations are not as bad or numerous as the other reviewer indicates , so this is by no means hard to follow. ( but landlocked listeners may find the deluge of nautical terms a bit hard to navigate ) .I am more inclined to thank this volunteer reader for the effort.

Poor reading

(1 stars)

This is a great story but a poor reading. Mr. Crawford reads in a monotone--no inflection, no emphasis--and pays no heed to the sentences. It's just one word after another after another for six hours. It's difficult even to follow along. There are also a lot of mispronunciations, which just adds to the difficulty.