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.
I quit the book multiple times because I just couldn't make heads or tails of it. I finally just forced myself to press through. I never did really figure out any underlying meaning but there were certainly masterful passages throughout.
What an excellent reading of Joyce's classic text. The variety and accuracy of Dublin accents is none other than brilliant; the final monologue by Molly simply stunning.
I loved listening to this book. I have read it once on the page, studied it. Listening was just brilliant. It feels like how the work ought to be experienced. And I do lot know how the reader/performer pulled off such a demanding performance. A feat! A great artist himself.
I do immersive reading, listening to the book and reading the text at the same time. This is a great audio edition but Ulysses is one of the most difficult reads. I suggest using the Gabler edition of the book along with The New Bloomsday Book for a great synopsis so things are much clearer than if did not have it. Then if you are serious you should also have Ulysses Annotated, an entire book of annotations unto itself. Three books and the audio book: with time and perseverance you are set! Trevor
I've read many great classics, having an advanced degree in English literature, but I must admit that I can't even listen to this book without losing my concentration. Despite a great performance, Joyce's prose proves that only the most intellectually insecure could seriously discuss this book without a smirk on their face. I wanted to put this on my bucket list, but I'll happily go to my grave having turned it off halfway through.
Reviewer's often refer to this as a classic about a single day in the life of Leopold Bloom and his wife, Molly in and around Dublin. How boring does that sound, and what injustice does it do to this brilliantly subversive novel? It could not understate anything more.
Joyce is a master of pastiche and co-opts multiple styles in this at times wickedly funny and often profound and unsettling masterpiece. This was a bucket list read for me. I thought it would be a chore, but it was amazingly funny. At times, Nietzsche and Freud meet the Marx brothers. At others, the puffed up style of academia catalogs a dissected life. In places it is vulgar and bawdy; while in others poetically beautiful. It mirrors us: complex and complicated, dirty and selfish, neurotic and needy, striving for understanding and acceptance while trapped by prejudice and the prevailing mores of the 19th century and driven to define the meaning of being alive.
The performance of the readers was extraordinary. Jim Norton's mastery of all the nuances, rhythms and emotions of the characters in all types of situations was nothing less than brilliant.
The last few chapters about the lady wonderful!
The lady at the end.
He is perfect in his readings.
The internal monologue was masterful.
It's one long scene, how can you tell.
Did he get paid by the word?