The Secret Agent

  • by Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by Peter Joyce
  • 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Inspired by an actual terrorist attack on Greenwich Laboratory in 1894 ‘The Secret Agent’ is arguably Conrad’s greatest work. Mr. Verloc, the spy, is roused to action by his masters. He is to instigate an act ‘of destructive ferocity so absurd as to be incomprehensible, inexplicable, almost unthinkable; in fact, mad’. All does not run smoothly however and leads to Mr Verloc’s wife, Winnie, demonstrating how quickly rational equilibrium can change to frenzied destruction. Setting his story in a subterranean grimy London peopled by deceptive, dishonourable characters, Conrad not only reminds us of the futility of mindless aggression but also of how near it is to the surface of human behaviour.


What the Critics Say

About Assembled Stories: Over the years the national press have reviewed Assembled Stories titles as "excellent", "remarkable", "entrancing", "superb", "magic for sure", "masterly", "wonderful", "a class act" and "a splendid example of audio at its best".

"Peter Joyce is the most remarkable one-man band in audiobook publishing. Joyce, an experienced actor, reads them all himself." ( The Independent)


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Classic literature - but a bit hard going

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not for me. It is very well narrated but just didn't capture my interest. I felt the story could have been told in half the pages.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-06-2011
  • Publisher: Assembled Stories