While Bloom's passionate wife, Molly, conducts yet another illicit liasion (with her concert manager), Bloom finds himself getting into arguments with drunken nationalists and wild carousing with excitable medical students, before rescuing Stephen Dedalus from a brawl and returning with him to his own basement kitchen.
In the hands of Jim Norton and Marcella Riordan, experienced and stimulating Joycean readers, and carefully directed by Roger Marsh, Ulysses becomes accessible as never before. It is entertaining, immediate, funny, and rich in classical, philosophical, and musical allusion.
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"As ambitious and rewarding an audio production as any that exists, an audio experience that truly deserves to be cherished....Readers of Ulysses have long been encouraged to read out loud the more difficult sections for added comprehension and enjoyment of the language. Now, thanks to Naxos, the entire book is available in a performance to savor. It is safe to say that anyone wanting to experience the preeminent work of modern fiction has in this package the perfect audio companion." (AudioFile)
I'm not sure anything could have made this enjoyable. The narrator was sufficient (though difficult to hear at times), the story, dreadful.
His style and the content.
While I can appreciate the authors place in history, and this books place in history, because it is often considered one of the greatest works of all time, I expected more.
I am apparently not a fan of this style of delivering a story. If you are on a quest to read and enjoy the greatest works of literature (as judged by others) then you should obviously give this a fair chance; it's just not for everyone.
I was just flabbergasted at the skill of Jim Norton (and the stream of consciousness by the female narrator was so much better than I could have interpreted the book chapter with zero punctuation!)
I thought of this as kind of like the Picasso of novels...totally new way of writing in my experience, unreal, confusing, lots of fun!!!
I would like to try again, but not through Jim Norton. I had a difficult time understanding the book because I couldn't follow Jim Norton's accent. I spend hours trying to get through part 1, but after multiple listens I gave up.
American literature classic. Possibly that new Dracula.
Couldn't understand it, so unfortunately no.
Listen to the preview before spending your money.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
The finish. Actually the last chapter is a little saucy.
Not written it.
Excellent. With out Jim Norton and the lady who joined in, I would have never made it through this rambling of an insane Irishman.
Yes, go to sleep.
You either will love this book or hate it. Me, I'm in the middle.
This is the most important book of the 20th century. It's complex, like thousand pages of poetry. James Joyce is a genius. But it's no light read. It's tough, something you have to work through slowly. It's complex, with sentence structure that is unfamiliar to Americans. So why the hell is the narrator reading it like it's a speed reading contest? I can barely understand his accent. I mean, I understand that you want to make it sound genuine, and the sentence structure is fitting for the Irish/Scottish sounds. I appreciate the amount of effort it must have taken for two people to team up and 'perform' this monstrous endeavor. But really, slow the down. I'm no novice. I've read all of Ayn Rand's audio books. My vocabulary power is just fine, and my ability to comprehend audio books is also par. But with this one, I'm a couple hundred pages in and couldn't tell you what the main character's names are or when it's set... were you afraid you'd run out of time? We could have had a part 5. I wouldn't have minded. Just read the book next time. Don't give me the slurry, bunched together, overly fast accent when I'm trying to stomach a project like Ulysses. This is the first book I've ever given up on with Audible. I'm mad I paid for it, and now I'm looking for another when I haven't finished part 1.
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.
While it is easy to see why this book is so acclaimed, it is also hard to "recommend" it to anyone. There is no question about the brilliance of James Joyce and what a feat it was to create this masterpiece. At the same time, it is a feat to listen to it.
If you ever wanted to know what it would be like to be inside the mind of another person for an entire day, certainly partake of this novel.
It is too much to digest in one listening .. it could be alifetime study.
I realize now why so many authors refer to it: they are bragging about the fact that they made it through.
I will probably become as pedantic about it myself!
PS The reading is magnificent.
I believe "Ulysses" to be the greatest work in the English language--let's get that out of the way first.
It is, however, a challenging book, and it becomes more so every year, as we get further and further away from June 16, 1904. Many of the reference would have been accessible when the book was published less than two decades later, but many of them are lost to history now without a guide. Which is why various works that accompany the text are a great way to discover the richness of the book.
But I also believe that hearing the book read aloud--PROPERLY--is helpful in a completely different way. Joyce's lyricism simply doesn't jump off the page if you're unfamiliar with the Dublin references. Jim Norton is positively brilliant in rendering them, and in rendering the various idiosyncratic voices that make the novel come alive.
I very much recommend this as part of diving into the world of James Joyce's greatest work. The music of his writing is something nobody has come close to achieving.
never trust reviews from the bi-polar
this is #1.
Ulysses is the single best book on audible.
One of the most incredible books of all time. Stream of consciousness… pure thought coming out in words. Simple and complex at once. A masterpiece. The masterpiece.
I thought nothing could make it better. I was wrong.
This reading brought the novel to life in no way I could have imagined. Any other reading pales in comparison. And it’s not just Jim Norton that gives a stellar performance. No no… Marcella Riordan … is amazing. absolutely amazing. She gives the end monologue so much sensuality that i get chills when I hear it.
I truly believe there is no better audiobook on audible.
i hope you get the pleasure
Funny Parodies Thoughts
Listening to Ulysses, if like me, you haven't taken the course that explains the book is more like listening to an Opera without orchestration than a book. It's more like music where you can figure out what is going on in snippets as he moves from one stylistic vehicle to another. It is very funny with terrific parodies that work just as well 100 years after it was written.
though it's hard to criticise such an undertaking, this audio is inaudible, as if the reader is in a race to finish as soon as possible
"Slow, boring, incomprehensible rubbish"
Those who purport to believe that this is the height of "modern" literature are deluding themselves.
This is a waste of time and money.
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