Experience the Original “Apocalypse Now” With Kenneth Branagh’s Reading of “Heart of Darkness”
Have you ever wondered what a classically trained, Shakespearean actor would sound like reading the books from your high school reading list? Because that’s exactly what’s delivered with Kenneth Branagh’s reading of Joseph Conrad’s original flight into deep jungle madness.
Heart of Darkness is one of those books that really stick with you, from the distinct word style like “papier-mâché Mephistopheles” to the vivid sayings from Captain Marlow’s slowly deteriorating mind (“Your strength is just an accident owed to the weakness of others”). The prose glides so gracefully and effortlessly into chaos, it’s easy to see where Marlon Brando’s iconic look from Apocalypse Now came from.
This Audible performance is a part of Audible’s Signature Classics collection, which also includes such talents as Elijah Wood and Tim Curry doing readings of literary-musts like The Jungle and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. All are highly recommended, but Branagh’s Heart of Darkness is guaranteed to bring the excited shiver back into your reading experience.