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Publisher's Summary

Typhoon is the story of a steamship and her crew beset by a tempest and of the captain whose dogged courage is tested to the limit.

Captain MacWhirr was an ordinary man. However, when his steamer Nan-Shan blunders into a hurricane, he and his crew must pull together to survive. The steadfast courage of an undemonstrative captain and the imaginative readiness of his young first mate becomes a partnership vital to human survival as they are challenged from without by the elements, and from within by human doubts and fears.

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A great classic, very well narrated

I have wanted to read this book for a long time and finally downloaded it. I loved it and had a hard time putting this story aside. The outcome of the ship and crew are never certain and the captain is an interesting character with depth. The assortment of characters that are on this ship adds to the drama and seems to be well picked from experience the author had at sea. The description of the storm is as good as it gets bringing the reader into the horrible situation of the ship and her crew. The narration is stupendous and earned the already great story an extra star. There is no reason not to listen to this classic, highly recommended.

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Great story, great prose, great reading

While Typhoon may not be one of Conrad's deepest works, the story of the typhoon and the Captain who gets the ship through it and the demoralized crew he rallies, is hold your breath exciting. The descriptions of the storm tossed ship are fantastic. If this book were on the best-seller list today it should be number 0. I mean better than first. The narrator understands this story and it shows in his reading. As you can tell, I really like this book.

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Incredible experience, masterful performance.

After listening to this book narrated by Roger Allam my body and mind feel like I had actually been there. I'm still wrung out and stunned. What an experience! ...And I am still alive to tell the tale.

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Literature Disguised as Adventure Tale

There are passages in Conrad's novels that should no longer be so stunningly beautiful to me, since they are so frequent they should be expected. But they are. They are worth rewinding (a tricky task in the digital age). Allam's narration is flawless-picks the spirited prose of Conrad right off the pages.

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  • 04-19-21

Great Classic Story

What an awesome story about an English Sea Captain, his young First Mate along with several other great characters who went through a terrible hurricane while on a steamer in the China Sea. This book was written 120 years ago, so they talked a little different and used some words that you don't hear much now in our vocabulary, but I think it's pretty cool, not a hinderance. One reviewer called this book racist, he posted his review Jan 2021, I think that person is way out of touch....Like I said this was written around the turn of the 19th century and it was not considered racist against the Chinese People then., that's just how people talked. I want to add that Roger Allam did an exceptional job of narrating. So if you want to read a great classic pick this up. Another great story to read by Joseph Conrad is Heart of Darkness. I had read Typhoon about 30 years ago, so when I saw that it was in the Audible Plus catalogue I snapped it up.

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Excellent

Brilliant performance of a fantastic book.
Conrad’s masterpiece of description comes alive in Allam’s voice.

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Classic Conrad

I love Joseph Conrad's stories. The detail he goes to in describing his characters and setting. His subject matter also.

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Perseverance in unimaginable conditions

The story of a ship and its crew persevering through terrible events is a well-trodden literary path. Conrad was one of the first and his version is perhaps one of the best. The late 19th century language is beautiful and the narrator does an outstanding job with the different characters and accents. It is never clear how the story will end. Will the ship, its crew, and its passengers arrive safely?

Still, the ending left me unsatisfied. Was this all there was? Somehow I expected more, but the book is only a short novella – just 82 pages in one of the editions on Amazon.

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great sea story

Where does Typhoon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

well done, such a classic.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

a great story

What about Roger Allam’s performance did you like?

better than reading the book. Mr Allam brought the story to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no, can't sit that long.

Any additional comments?

If you listen to this audio book, this is the version you want.

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This recording of Typhoon by Conrad is a gem.

This may be the all around best audiobook I have listened to. Conrad's excellent writing and gentlely biting humor are enhanced by the narrator's understanding appreciation for the book. The combination make a wonderful presenation for the listener.

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  • 03-28-13

Well done Roger

Excellent narration from Roger Allam. Really enjoyed his different accents and characters, think he does an Irish and Scottish accent very convincingly. Quite poetic language used to describe the typhoon, its effects etc. I quite like the characterisation, no one is perfect, all have their own faults and foibles. Probably a better book to listen to than read, took me to and from a conference, perfect length!

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  • Mark
  • 09-02-21

Maritime Masterpiece

I love this book and Roger Allam's reading of it is pitch perfect. Conrad perfectly captures the many moods of the Captain, his officers, 'human cargo', owners and, of course, the ocean itself. As the sailors fight for survival during a hurricane that threatens to destroy them and their ship, their wives and children carry on their lives in blissful ignorance. This is a word perfect novella that would be a perfect starting point for anyone wishing to explore the work of Conrad and in my humble opinion 'Typhoon' should be as highly regarded as Hemingway's 'The Old Man and the Sea'.

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  • Roly
  • 09-27-20

Awesome

No risk of a spoiler here .... the plot is of a ship in a storm ! .. but Conrad’s ability to relate this short story well is awesome. The writing is of a period with racial prejudices that would be unacceptable to publish today and there s a small cast who are credibly characterised .
What’s notable are his descriptions - whether of the ship, or specifically the storm which are intense, very detailed with good prose, capturing the event graphically and amazingly, avoiding repetition. Conrad as a seaman experienced scenarios, ships and sailors like this and it’s reflected in a real sense of authenticity. The narration is excellent, with accents not overdone and overall for those who enjoy a good yarn (and Conrad) this is “unmissable”

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  • Joshua
  • 08-11-21

Brilliant performance

Roger Allam does an amazing job in the book, embodying both the sounds and the styles of the individual characters. The story itself is written beautifully, vivid and intricate strings of language are used in easily consumable and highly descriptive ways

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  • 02-28-22

Good Short Story

A good short story about a boat in a storm. Classic Conrad prose. Very well performed!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-20-22

GreatcAdventure Novella

Great book,great descriptions of the sea and the ship as it makes its way through the storm

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  • Mrs O A Laws
  • 01-14-22

Stunning.

Everything about Typhoon is gripping and fabulous and superbly read. You can even smell what’s going on in that steamship

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  • Reluctant Sceptic
  • 11-19-21

Wonderful!

A thoroughly enjoyable listen made wonderful by a very skilled narrator. A Conrad short story classic

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  • Dennis Sommers
  • 11-19-21

Utterly brilliant!

This is one of the finest pieces of writing I’ve come across for a long time. Having read and enjoyed several of Conrad’s better-known books I had always been told that his best work had to do with the sea. The reading was perfect.

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  • Mike C Davies
  • 09-27-21

Gripping and expertly narrated

Conrad's descriptive genius places you in the eye of the storm. The jaded but moral captain is a classic Conrad character. Roger Allam brings all the characters alive, especially the captain.

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  • 04-29-22

A great rendition of a brilliant Writer

If psyche be the totality of the conscious and unconscious mind then this novella finds aspects that are rarely explored but reside deep within. It fuses, in magnificent prose, inner and outer chaos and the futility of the conscious in dealing with it. We are '... given a glimpse of immeasurable strength and of immoderate wrath, the wrath that passes exhausted but never appeased—the wrath and fury of the passionate sea.'

The ship is a microcosm of rationality in an irrational sea. 'There was hate in the way she was handled, and a ferocity in the blows that fell.'

It demonstrates inevitable subservience of the human spirit to this chaos, both internal and external, despite the misguided belief that it can be controlled. '... there is a bodily fatigue in the mere holding on to existence within the excessive tumult; a searching and insidious fatigue that penetrates deep into a man's breast to cast down and sadden his heart, which is incorrigible, and of all the gifts of the earth—even before life itself—aspires to peace. '

Beautifully narrated, this is a fine audiobook by a great storyteller. One finishes with a humble sense of humanity, frail though that may be.