Yes, the performance by Jim Norton is masterful. He sings, he brings each character to life, he even does his own sound effects. This dense book is much more comprehensible in audiobook form than print. As much as I enjoyed reading the text years ago, listening to it now in this form is so much richer.
Leo Bloom, everyman.
no, but I will now seek them out.
Highly recommended for anyone who has always wanted to read this master work, especially for those who found the text too dense. This is more like a radio play.
Maybe in the distant future. It's too long for a lark.
Wandering Rocks, Cyclops, and Oxen cane through particularly well read aloud.
This recording reminded me of just what a feat Joyce pulled off with the book.
It could never be better because Ulysses is a masterpiece of writing but it truly benefits the undestanding.
I liked all the characters due to their particular qualities, but as I have to choose I pick L. Bloom because he could really be a man you met any time. And regarding Molly, I am sure I heard women saying the words in her monologue.
He brings the story to life. You feel that every moment is a true moment.
I am very glad I chose this new experience.
For so many years I have had people warn me away from Ulysses, citing its obscurity and density. Phooey! It is lyrical and complex. It may well be that one would get more out of it given a thorough grounding in classical literature, but not quite getting all the allusions and references doesn't diminish the power of Joyce's playful linguistics. The well is deep, so drink deeply.
Maybe. I think I would get a book with footnotes to help with understanding it.
Again, the narration was possibly my favorite of all the books I have listened to. Great emotion, pacing, clarity.
Ulysses is extremely varied in style and vernacular from chapter to chapter, which is what makes Jim Norton's performance exceptional. He gives voice and meaning to the very difficult text.
How do you find one thing to "love best" about one of the landmarks of world literature?
Bloom of course. Who else?
It's enlightening. I discovered in college that the way to read Shakespeare was to go to the library and read along with a recording. Performances have meaning. With the possible exception of the chapter at the newspaper office where seeing the headlines holds much of the humor, Norton's amazing characterizations make this "difficult" book both funny and profound -- jocoserious as Joyce liked to say.
Some folks attempted to make a film of Ulysses in the 60's with predictable results. By making the story concrete and visible, you lose the essence of the work: its audacious experiments in what it means to tell a story. You also trivialize it. It played like a series of charades of famous episodes.
Audible is the soundtrack to my busy, city-walking life!
The stream of consciousness inner monologues. Joyce was a master with this.
The park/beach scene where the girl flirts with Bloom from afar.
When Bloom realizes why the girl in the beach/park didn't run with the other girls.
Hard to get through in parts, but the morsels are worth the journey. Will have to redo in some years.
I must admit that the narrator is excellent and obviously a great actor.
Aggravation, frustration and disappointment.
I really wanted to find out why it is that I've heard so many great things about Joyce but never really seen much of his work make it's way into any popular media. I think now it is because his style is so scattered and almost impossible to listen to or read. He can't seem to finish a single thought without wandering off on a tangent or singing a song or reciting a poem. I'm not even sure if there is an actual story in there and I'm a quarter of the way through the book. Really don't think I can listen to it anymore.