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Denver, CO, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Ulysses (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Stephen Rea

    The young poet Stephen has been recalled from Paris to Dublin to be at his mother’s deathbed. But he refuses her dying wishes: to kneel and pray for her. Now, holed up in his Martello tower outside the city walls, he has to suffer the taunts of Buck Mulligan by day and, by night, the vision of ‘her eyes, shaking out of death to shake and bend my soul.’ Timelessly evocative, Ulysses is far more than the story of Stephen Dedalus’ journey through Dublin.

    Edward says: "Appreciating Ulysses for the first time"
    "Appreciating Ulysses for the first time"
    Where does Ulysses (Dramatised) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the very best purchases I have made from Audible. Ulysses was meant to be read out loud, not to be read silently; this performance does it justice. I never would have read the whole book without having had this performance to get the ball rolling.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Ulysses deserves its reputation as the greatest novel of the twentieth century. The reader does need additional aids in order to follow what Joyce was doing with his narrative, and listening to the performance is good preparation for sitting down with the book and with at least two commentaries. I think that The New Bloomsday Book by Harry Blamires and Ulysses Annotated by Don Gifford are indespensible for anyone who was not living in Dublin in 1904, and that means most of us/

    Have you listened to any of Stephen Rea’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have seen Stephen Rea on screen in a couple of films, where he performed his part quite well. Reading aloud is part of what any first-rate actor needs to be able to do, and he reads this with genuine understanding and skill

    If you could rename Ulysses (Dramatised), what would you call it?

    I think that Ulysses (Dramatised) works quite well. Ulysses Made Funny might also be appropriate, but the book was funny the whole time. This performance brings out the tremendous amount of humor which I never appreciated while reading silently to myself. "An entry into Ulysses" could also be a good title.

    Any additional comments?

    The performance is greatly enhanced by two devices: having a number of different voices, and by having some audio enhancements, such as music here and there. Ulysses is full of musical references, only a few of which are captured in this performance. In the Circe episode especially, the interaction of sound and drama makes the whole thing flow along powerfully.

    The multitude of voices, male and female, add greatly to the quality of the production. If the listener goes to the "Nausicaa" episode, the rewards of doing so will be considerable. A skilled actress reads the first part, which takes place inside the mind of the young Gerty MacDowell; the freshness and innocence of an adolescent girl lead up to her orgasmic delight at seeing the bursting of the fireworks in the sky. This is a passage that makes everyone who hears it laugh out loud--of course Joyce intended it to be read this way!

    Although the production is greatly abridged, and not a substitute for the whole book, it does provide an entry into the book and its lyrical qualities. I cannot recommend it too highly for anyone who has wanted to read the great book but who has become bogged down in its obscurity.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Richard A. Muller
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    We live in complicated, dangerous times. They are also hyper-technical times. As citizens who will elect future presidents of the most powerful and influential world, we need to know - truly understand, not just rely on television's talking heads - if Iran's nascent nuclear capability is a genuine threat to the West, if biochemical weapons are likely to be developed by terrorists, if there are viable alternatives to fossil fuels that should be nurtured and supported by the government, if nuclear power should be encouraged, and if global warming is actually happening.

    Kyle says: "Awesome"
    "Interesting info but where are the figures?"
    Would you try another book from Richard A. Muller and/or Pete Larkin?

    Yes, but I would have to get the actual physical book to accompany the narrated audio version since the physical book has the figures and graphs which are necessary for understanding the material.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is a nonfiction book and has no characters; Audible appears to assume that only fiction books are going to be reviewed.

    What three words best describe Pete Larkin’s voice?

    Adequate for the purpose of the book, clear and goes at about the right pace.

    Do you think Physics for Future Presidents needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Some of the information on climate may be dated. The book needs to be followed up with newer information since 2008.

    Any additional comments?

    Big, big problem is that the book frequently refers to pictures and graphs, but I did not see a pdf accompanying the audio version. Apparently the Kindle version of the book has the same problem. You really have to be careful with Amazon products. Maybe I missed the pdf but it was not in the expected column in the download.

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