Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness

The Heart of Darkness is an audio of Charles Marlow experience as a European explorer in the Congo Basin region. The story recollects the hideous savage encounters faced by Charles Marlow as a captain in charge of ivory transportation on the Congo River. The narratives compare this savagely behavior in the heart of the African continent with imperialism conquest of the European under the guise of civilization. A parallel juxtaposition between barbaric cultures in pre-colonial Africa with European imperialism betrays colonial civilization as hypocritical. This hypocrisy is evident in the parallel between the natives’ brutality against each other characterized by exploitation, starvation and enslavement with the coercive injustices meted against the natives at large by agents of European imperial company.

The Heart of Darkness audio narrative also parallels the colonial imperialist hypocrisy with the moral hypocrisy of the human nature. This parallel is evident in Captain Marlow’s discovery of the true moral disposition of Mr. Kurtz the community ruler when Marlow is forced to say a little longer at Central Station after his steam boat breaks down. Initially, Mr. Kurtz is described by the Chief accountant at the Outer Station as a “first-class agent. However, Marlow later discovers the mystery behind Mr. Kurtz during his unplanned stay at the Central Station whereby Mr. Kurtz turns out to be another savage community ruler. Marlow’s hence learns the hard way about the inherently selfish and cruel human nature, which is totally different from his naive fantasy about people.

The majority of the audience that listens to The Heart of Darkness audiobook free download acknowledges its as a superb story with a wonderful theme. The narrative’s juxtaposition of imperialism versus barbarism and public image versus moral character represent one of the most controversial debates in contemporary world. Such controversy is evident on the debate whether the moral character of a contestant to a political office really matters. This debate is illustrated by recent scandals involving political leaders such as the Lewinsky Scandal. The current United States race to the White House also characteristically mirrors the theme of human nature featured in the Heart of Darkness narrative. For instance, should we turn a blind eye to Donald Trump’s questionable character and instead exclusively focus on his business acumen.

Despite Heart of Darkness brilliant and contemporary relevant themes, a sizable number of the audience complains about the audio narrators’ voice as well as their mismatch with the real character of the narrative. Some audience describe the voice as sadly horrible, while others complain against employment of female’s narrators as representatives of male characters in the story. This mismatch is evident in the female voice that is supposed to mimic males’ soul tormented in the ship, where her soprano voice doesn’t match the expected males’ deep voice.