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Brought to you by Penguin.    

This Penguin Classic is performed by Luke Norris, known for his role in BBC drama Poldark. This definitive recording includes an introduction by Michael Newton.  

In the only novel Conrad set in London, The Secret Agent, communicates a profoundly ironic view of human affairs. The story is woven around an attack on the Greenwich Observatory in 1894 masterminded by Verloc, a Russian spy working for the police, and ostensibly a member of an anarchist group in Soho. His masters instruct him to discredit the anarchists in a humiliating fashion, and when his evil plan goes horribly awry, Verlac must deal with the repercussions of his actions.

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drier then sandpaper

Gave up after 3+ hours - i could be reading something better - my time is worth more than wish i could return it for credit

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  • Manda N
  • 11-12-20

Brilliant!

This edition includes the introduction and some background to Conrad’s writing this macabre gothic mystery thriller. One of my favourite books of the year and a superb classic that I’m still thinking about weeks after finishing.

A good presentation too and I was sad to see the narrator hasn’t presented more audiobooks. Some good voices acted out to add to the overall enjoyment.

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  • Euan
  • 05-21-22

Superb performance of a great work

Luke Norris delivers a truly great reading: he has an outstanding actor's gift of allowing the greatness of a work to speak for itself, yet interpreting the characters as believable, fully living human beings. Of Conrad's great work, weaving so brilliantly loveable people who cry out at cruelty with the arrogant, bleak inhumanity of dehumanising ideology, its greatness is fully opened to the heart of the reader.