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  • Dubliners

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By T. P. McKenna
    Overall
    (18)
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    (2)
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    (2)

    James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was born in 1882 in Dublin but spent most of his life living with Nora Barnacle in various parts of Europe. Apart from a collection of verse, Dubliners was his first published work in 1914. In Dubliners, Joyce portrays quite brilliantly human relationships in Ireland at the turn of the century. His characters are so vital and exciting and the stories so fresh, evocative, and entertaining that they could well have been written today.

    Rebecca Lindroos says: "not the right order"
    "Not too schmaltzy, not too dry, just right...."
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    What made the experience of listening to Dubliners the most enjoyable?

    Listening to a performance of the Dubliners gave life to the Joyce's written words.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    For me, "After the Race" and "A Mother" are my favorite short stories in the Dubliners. James Joyce's writing is so subtly masterful and vivid at the same time.


    What about T. P. McKenna’s performance did you like?

    T P McKenna's performance, for me, was just right: Not too schmaltzy like some other narrators who really overdo the Irish accent and inflection; not too dead or lifeless like some of the drier readings which were further handicapped by fuzzy recordings; and, just like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, McKenna's readings had just the right amount of drama for me (I hear the words and visualize the actions and scenes) without off-putting, overly-melodramatic histrionics.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    One sitting or fifteen (that's the number of short stories in the Dubliners), I enjoy this audiobook.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Molly Bloom's Soliloquy: from Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Marcella Riordan
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Molly Bloom’s soliloquy, the remarkable climactic conclusion to Ulysses, remains, nearly a century after its first publication, one of the most remarkable chapters in world literature. It is night, the end of a long day (16 June 1904) for Leopold Bloom’s wife, Molly. She lies in bed, muses on the events of the day, her life with her husband, her affair with Blazes Boylan, and drifts towards sleep.

    Gregytect says: "Seductive performance; Perfect complement to novel"
    "Seductive performance; Perfect complement to novel"
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    Marcella Riordan's reading of Molly Bloom’s stream of consciousness is seductive and beautiful. For me, it was a revelation and insight into the female mind. Considering James Joyce, a male, wrote this, it's beyond my comprehension how he so accurately presents a woman's point of view and attention to detail to the world around her.

    I knew little of what Ulysses was about prior to buying the unabridged John Lee narration; this specific audiobook is a portion of the final episode of the novel, and deserves a female voice to really bring it to life. Riordan's voice has that beautiful Irish inflection and accent; it's like she's both whispering in your ear and voicelessly placing her thoughts in your mind.

    The sexual explicitness of Molly Bloom's thoughts and observations were really stunning; what an insight into the female mind.

    This is a perfect complement to the full audiobook novel which are read by various male narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raymond Chandler: Poodle Springs (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler, Robert B Parker
    • Narrated By Toby Stephens, Lorelei King, Stephen Campbell Moore, and others
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (29)

    A brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of a classic Raymond Chandler mystery featuring private eye, Philip Marlowe. Marlowe is now married, living in the resort town of Poodle Springs. Once again, he sets himself up as an investigator and soon finds himself in the middle of blackmail and murder....

    Gregytect says: "These BBC performances were really well done!!!"
    "These BBC performances were really well done!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Poodle Springs the most enjoyable?

    The performances by each actor were low-key and subtle where appropriate, and energetic and dramatic where that was appropriate; there were no schmaltzy, overly melodramatic performances. The sound effects created a convincing atmosphere and environment that completely drew me in.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course the main character, Philip Marlowe, is the one who speaks in each scene and speaks directly to you, the listener.


    What does Toby Stephens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have read all of Raymond Chandler's novels and short stories and seen the movies, The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye, the BBC's series on Raymond Chandler's works brought a really enjoyable balance between reading his works where you use your imagination to flesh out scenes and action, and movies where everything is done for you.

    I don't have any other performances by other actors doing Philip Marlowe so I can't compare Toby Stephens to another actor but I can say that Stephens does a beautiful job: I bought the entire BBC/Raymond Chandler/Toby Stephens series offered by Audible.com and enjoy each one.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, not a particular moment. I enjoyed the whole performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though these performances were abridged from Chandler's original written works, I did not miss any deleted lines and scenes nor could I tell. Wish each one was longer and wish there were more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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