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A model of how audiobooks should be produced
16 September 2018
If you have struggled (as I have) through various performances of Joseph Conrad's works, you may be aware of the difficulties. There is a peculiar stiffness of tone that creeps in when "the classics" are being read. In this performance, Mr Branagh manages to capture what is at the heart of every Conrad novel: the tale, the classic whisper of foreign lands and intrigue that so captivated his early 20th C. readers. Mr Branagh seems to have approached this task more as a performance of Marlow himself than anything else, easing into that shadowed-almost-first-person that characterised both Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim. It's really a revelation. If only all audiobooks were produced to this standard.