I've wanted to listen to this one for a while. Unfortunately it is very difficult to make out what they are saying because the recording quality is poor. I couldn't finish the book, because I couldn't follow it.
The internal monologue was masterful.
It's one long scene, how can you tell.
Did he get paid by the word?
I've tried to read this book a number of times and finally battered my way through the audiobook. The narration is excellent and really helps with some of the humour of the book.
The book however is a mess. You know after 100 pages, when the highlight is the purchase of a kidney for breakfast, that it is going to be offal. Some sections have charm, but there are long segments of pure self indulgence, interminable lists, and just godawful drivel. It's a canny trick to write nonsense and leave future generations to seek implied meaning.
The book needs serious editing, but where would you begin? In a story about nothing what do you cut?
Not sure. Jim Norton was great but I just couldn't get through this.
I really tried with this book - twice. I found it tedious to listen to as there is really no "plot" just rambling thoughts and everyday actions. I'm sure it was all leading somewhere but I have no idea where and worse ... I didn't care. I've listened to several hundred books - Ive been an audible member for a long time and this was the first book I didn't finish. Maybe I'll try again another time and the third time will be a charm. I gave it three stars because I know it's a classic and seemed unfair to rate lower without finishing.
Amazing grasp of the English language. Definitely not an easy work to read, but worth it.
The one essential book of the twentieth century read by one of the best Irish stage actors.
The Bible because Joyce's Ulysses sets a standard for prose and poetry in the 20th and 21st century and in Bloom, an Irish Jew, it is the story of every man. No book is so thick with concrete sensuous prose, no book is so rich in diverse writing styles.
Buck Mulligan because every college English major has had the pleasure of a Buck Mulligan type on tap with a fine head of booze.
A day like no other so filled with the sensuous delight of intimate immediacy.
A heartfelt humorous exposure of humankind.
The narrator does an amazing job of bringing to life a work of mad genius. However I did not care for the "book" as a whole. It was broken, fragmented, and in general an exercise in what can be, not what should be. The first story arc as well as the last chapter were the redeeming qualities of this work of fiction, that was otherwise nearly intolerable.
This book is often listed among the greatest novels. It is certainly among the most admired, but perhaps not among the most beloved. It's stream-of-conscious format and rambling plot make for very difficult reading. Fortunately, the audio format removes some of that confusion.
It is still a many-hour and hard listen but the narration is brilliantly done and helps immeasurably to get the dedicated listener through it. Unless one is a literature major or true intellectual, most will find this a real task. But if you love language and are willing to be projected back to an earlier time with harsh references to ethnic groups, this can be quite rewarding.
Don M, of Queen Creek, AZ
For a first time reader/listener, read the book first. This is a well done recording, but the book itself is too hard to follow for the first time without the text in front of you.