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.
(P)2004 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.
"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'd always wanted to read Ulysses but had been scared away by Joyce's writing technique. As an audio book, on the other hand, it was an absolute delight. This is writing that is meant to be read aloud. The stream of consciousness prose was like music. Pick it up, listen for a while, put it down, listen again - it was always a joy. The narration was tremendous and the incidental music set the time and place perfectly. The is one of the most aesthetically satisfying books I've ever listened to. An amazingly easy book to listen to, well worth the invested time. Truly a thing of beauty and a joy forever. (I liked it too.)
I agree completely with the other review of the audio version in that the reading seemed a bit rushed, especially the later potions. That said, it was a still a treat to get caught up in the language.
Retired nightclub performer/computer technician, I now teach hula and ukulele to seniors, and record Hawaiian music for my halau!
I bought this book largely based on the customer reviews that so ardently raved on and on about it. I had to have it. Now I realize that there must be a conspiracy of lunatics out there trying to make art out of garbage. I just don't get it.
In desperation, I finally went to Wikipedia to find out what the hell this book is about (after struggling through seven chapters). I could not believe what I heard. Basically it is the "stream of consciousness" running through a man's mind in the space of one day. Just rambling on and on, on and on. Wiki gives a great synopsis of the chapters, and I was totally surprised to find that there was a thread of thought to any of what I had experienced.
People have called it it best book of the 20th century? If I have to have a translation to understand the English language, it's definitely not for me. According to Wiki, Joyce said he would gain immortality just because literary professors would forever be arguing about what he meant in the book.
NOT entertaining! There is a Gutenberg Project of this book online and I skimmed over it to see if I could better understand it. It's a little better to READ it than to listen to it, but still--I don't find myself wanting to STUDY a book of 330,300 or so words to find out what the author is trying to say or the parallels to Homer's work. Leave this one to the pedantics. I had to put it down.
Nothing, Jim Norton did a fine job.
I doubt it. Only if forced to and you had a noose nearby so I could choose to end it soon one way or another.
I have been trying to listen to as many classic books as I can and usually find myself enjoying them very much. I bought this book on recommendation from Audible that it is to become a classic. It may be the last time I ever take in consideration one of their recommendations.
If you like Robin Williams stand up comedian acts this book is for you. I, however, have never been a fan of Robin Williams stand up acts. Movies are a different story. Anyway, that’s what this book reminds me of; a lot of verbiage going nowhere. I can’t count how many times James Joyce list things and they really don’t add anything to the book but it’s done several times. I’ve listened up to Chapter 18 but am contemplating climbing an electric pole and licking the wires if I have to listen to any more. It seems to me to be a story about a man who either has had sexual relations with women or is dreaming about it. I’m not really sure where it’s going with this but it’s a constant repetitive feature of the book. However, occasionally they throw something in about Jews. Still I’m not sure where it’s going. List, Jews and sexual relations on a constant banner that just haven’t added up to anything in this book and by chapter 18 out of 25 you would think there would be some indication or clue that you might want to hold onto to keep going with this book but for me there is nothing.
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.
Scientist, artisan, anachronism
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
Perhaps an absolute literacy or James Joyce fan? Someone lying in bed with lots of spare time and long uninterrupted attention spans?
Something a bit lighter, with a better flow or something didactic within my fields of interest.I've just downloaded "Getting to Yes" and "For whom the bells toll".
Too fast paced and monotonous.
Disappointment and exhaustion.
Unless you know what you're getting into with this book, exhaust the rest of your list first!
Avid reader (and listener) of great (and other) books
It is so difficult to follow. I know James Joyce wrote as he spoke, but this is too much. There are several passages, where all you hear is mumble, so it is impossible to follow the storyline. I have read it and enjoyed it much. This is not a nice spoken word work.
I know that Ulysses is one of the most important works of the 20th century and I have always felt I should read it, but, at least for me, it was not a good listen. The narrator is probably excellent. However, his accent was difficult for me to understand so I missed much of the reading. I listen when I am in the car which is probably not the best place to be doing that. The story is somewhat of a jumble. Maybe it is poetry but it would be better to be reading the words on the page rather than trying to understand the plot by listening.
Love every genre - read a book every 2 weeks or so- I mix between business books, classics, modern fiction, and biographies
I'm finished this book out trying to like it, rewinding it over and over, and even went online to get summaries of the chapters to understand them. I'm a highly educated person and actually like the stream of thinking style of books like The Road, but the accent was so harsh and the story line so disjointed that I really cannot recommend. Maybe a clearer speaker would help.
Try not to be so clever adding ornate language and inside jokes
No, good voice but speed of speech and harshness of accent made it difficult
Some funny parts when I could follow
The only reason I can understand that this book is in the top 10 on a lot of lists is because of the shocking subject matter and before its time style. Other than that, the story simply was just not good.
"Forget about multitasking"
I really wanted to read/listen to this book. Declared by many to be one of the most important novels ever written, it was sort of my personal ambition to read it.
Unfortunately, this book requires your full attention and as someone else observed, even listening to it while walking is too distracting to follow Joyce's thick narrative, turn gibberish.
He lost me, couple of hours into the story so entangled and impermeable, that in moments I didn't understand what I am listening to.
Perhaps I will go back to it, when I am so grown up, I have absolutely nothing else to do, than submerge myself to every word of this story.
For now, I will keep listening to books that are written for pleasure, rather than for mental work out.
"A fantastic way to experience Ulysses"
This is a wonderful recording. Jim Norton is a wonderfully accomplished narrator: every character is instantly recognisable simply through such individualised characterisation. Ulysses is not an easy book. Neither is it a book that I thought would lend itself to narration (because of Joyce's parodies of certain forms - such as newspapers). However, this recording is fantastic. It has made me understand the drama of the book much more than before.
"Less than useless - don't waste your money"
No chapter breaks - just 4 tracks of about 6 hours each. (yes, really !)
and won't play in my car because the files are in a proprietary format.
Absolutely useless to me.
"Say that again?!"
I was very disappointed with this purchase because I had to stop after ninety minutes because there were too many patches of audio I couldn't understand. I don't think this is to do with his accents, I have never experienced difficulties understanding these accents in the past, I just think parts of his reading were way too fast and too much language was incomprehensible to be enjoyable. Let down to say the least.
Review by an avid and regular listener of audio classics.
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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