Heart of Darkness (version 2)


Read by Bob Neufeld

(4.6 stars; 262 reviews)


Heart of Darkness is a novella written by Joseph Conrad. Before its 1903 publication, it appeared as a three-part series (1899) in Blackwood's Magazine. It was classified by the Modern Library website editors as one of the "100 best novels" and part of the Western canon. The story centres on Charles Marlow, who narrates most of the book. He is an Englishman who takes a foreign assignment from a Belgian trading company as a river-boat captain in Africa. Heart of Darkness exposes the dark side of European colonization while exploring the three levels of darkness that the protagonist, Marlow, encounters: the darkness of the Congo wilderness, the darkness of the Europeans' cruel treatment of the African natives, and the unfathomable darkness within every human being for committing heinous acts of evil. Although Conrad does not give the name of the river, at the time of writing the Congo Free State, the location of the large and important Congo River, was a private colony of Belgium's King Leopold II. In the story, Marlow is employed to transport ivory downriver. However, his more pressing assignment is to return Kurtz, another ivory trader, to civilization, in a cover-up. Kurtz has a reputation throughout the region. (Summary by Wikipedia)

(4 hr 38 min)

Chapters

01 - Chapter 1 - Part 1 52:17 Read by Bob Neufeld
02 - Chapter 1 - Part 2 48:58 Read by Bob Neufeld
03 - Chapter 2 - Part 1 47:14 Read by Bob Neufeld
04 - Chapter 2 - Part 2 40:28 Read by Bob Neufeld
05 - Chapter 3 - Part 1 46:55 Read by Bob Neufeld
06 - Chapter 3 - Part 2 42:53 Read by Bob Neufeld

Reviews

Fantastic Reading.

(5 stars)

Bob Neufeld did a wonderful job with this classic. I could almost see the old sea captain sitting in a ships smoking room with a pipe in hand, telling his story to a rapt audience. When reading this as a younger man, Bob's voice is how I always imagined Marlow to sound. The story itself is a brilliant descent into savage Africa, which is a mirror for our own savage nature. It's definitely not to be missed.

A fine reading.

(5 stars)

Although the book is disturbing , the reader is very good.

amazing

(5 stars)

the reader is amazing the book is amazing loved it

An Haunting Look into the Duality of Man

(4.5 stars)

A *must read* for anyone who wants to be well read. Great job by narrator who has the perfect voice for this strange and fascinating tale. The concepts of hero worship, wasted potential, wanton greedy colonialism, unregulated capitalism, corporate and global politics, the thirst for adventure, and truth (& more) are all examined in light and in the unavoidable darkness that reside inside us all. Not an easy book to read but, even after all these years, a relevant and important one. Kudos to Mr Neufeld. I can't imagine anyone, with the possible exception of John Barrymore, could have read it better.

the original apocalypse now! only better

(4 stars)

Another great classic book, read by another excellent reader. Aside from the fact that this is usually on the top 10 list of best novels ever, if you've ever seen the movie Apocalypse Now, you owe it to yourself to read, or listen to, this this book to know the origin of that story.

(4.5 stars)

A very good book read by a very skilled and appropriate narrator. However, the language and writing style can make the story difficult to understand. Just like the dark jungles of the african continent its easy to get lost in the intricate web of sentences and descriptions of joseph conrads most iconic novel.

Excellent reading

(5 stars)

I believe that this is the second book I have listened to of Bob Neufelds reading, and they were both wonderfully done. The book itself was not exactly what I expected but I thought it was quite good. Would suggest to others.

Excellent reading of a wonderful book

(5 stars)

Neufeld's interpretation is spot on for Conrad's story of piloting a boat on the Congo River when it was still the Belgian Congo. Conrad's prose is breathtakingly beautiful. The narrative is compelling.