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Ulysses Audiobook

Ulysses [Audiobook]

Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, June 16th 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.
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Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, June 16th 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.

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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What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Finalist, Classics, 2005

"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)

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    Marian Paulina 06-12-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Not for me"
    Would you try another book from James Joyce and/or Jim Norton?

    Not sure. Jim Norton was great but I just couldn't get through this.


    Any additional comments?

    I really tried with this book - twice. I found it tedious to listen to as there is really no "plot" just rambling thoughts and everyday actions. I'm sure it was all leading somewhere but I have no idea where and worse ... I didn't care. I've listened to several hundred books - Ive been an audible member for a long time and this was the first book I didn't finish. Maybe I'll try again another time and the third time will be a charm. I gave it three stars because I know it's a classic and seemed unfair to rate lower without finishing.

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    Rob Albright Houston, TX United States 06-10-15
    Rob Albright Houston, TX United States 06-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing, but somewhat difficult to follow at times."

    Amazing grasp of the English language. Definitely not an easy work to read, but worth it.

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    Gerard M. Molyneaux 05-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Magnificently written by Joyce, magnificently read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The one essential book of the twentieth century read by one of the best Irish stage actors.


    What other book might you compare Ulysses to and why?

    The Bible because Joyce's Ulysses sets a standard for prose and poetry in the 20th and 21st century and in Bloom, an Irish Jew, it is the story of every man. No book is so thick with concrete sensuous prose, no book is so rich in diverse writing styles.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Norton – was your favorite?

    Buck Mulligan because every college English major has had the pleasure of a Buck Mulligan type on tap with a fine head of booze.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A day like no other so filled with the sensuous delight of intimate immediacy.


    Any additional comments?

    A heartfelt humorous exposure of humankind.

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    Nicholas W. 04-13-15
    Nicholas W. 04-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A great performance of a overrated work"

    The narrator does an amazing job of bringing to life a work of mad genius. However I did not care for the "book" as a whole. It was broken, fragmented, and in general an exercise in what can be, not what should be. The first story arc as well as the last chapter were the redeeming qualities of this work of fiction, that was otherwise nearly intolerable.

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    Don Middleton 01-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A most admired classic admirably performed"

    This book is often listed among the greatest novels. It is certainly among the most admired, but perhaps not among the most beloved. It's stream-of-conscious format and rambling plot make for very difficult reading. Fortunately, the audio format removes some of that confusion.

    It is still a many-hour and hard listen but the narration is brilliantly done and helps immeasurably to get the dedicated listener through it. Unless one is a literature major or true intellectual, most will find this a real task. But if you love language and are willing to be projected back to an earlier time with harsh references to ethnic groups, this can be quite rewarding.

    Don M, of Queen Creek, AZ

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    Jarmen 01-26-15
    Jarmen 01-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "read the book"

    For a first time reader/listener, read the book first. This is a well done recording, but the book itself is too hard to follow for the first time without the text in front of you.

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    Cheimon New York, NY USA 11-23-14
    Cheimon New York, NY USA 11-23-14 Member Since 2007
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    "All-in, transformative performance"

    Jim Norton takes this classic to a new level. It's a pleasure, likely even a welcome aid in understanding to first-time readers and an exquisite, enriching new experience to those who are well familiar with the text. Think of this audiobook as performance rather than mere narration - much like reading Hamlet will not keep you from enjoying it on stage, prior study of Ulysses does not make this audiobook any less worthwhile (quite the opposite).

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    Robin 10-19-14
    Robin 10-19-14
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    "Don't worry about understanding - just listen!"

    This is a book I put off for many years, because it was supposed to be hard work. It probably is if you want to study all the allusions to mythology, Irish history, Shakespeare, etc. But It's wonderful just to listen to. It's full of poetry and song, sometimes just in the middle of a sentence. It does take concentration and I listened to some sections more than once, always picking up new things.

    I'm working through it with a book group and I've been listening first, then looking at the text to see what I missed, or what visual aspects there are (as he does play with that as well.) This must have been very challenging for the narrator and I think he does a great job.

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    Sean Curry 10-12-14
    Sean Curry 10-12-14
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    What did you love best about Ulysses?

    Beautifully written, wonderfully read. A treasure.


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

    No, needs to be absorbed over time.


    Any additional comments?

    Strongly recommend Frank Delaney's re:Joyce podcast, wherein he deconstructs Ulysses in a most interesting and entertaining fashion.

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    richard lamanna 10-09-14
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    "Hard to read- Hard to understand"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator is hard to understand and sometimes speaks really quietly while others talking too loud, this makes it difficult to keep at an adequate listening level. Although the narrator is very good at performing, the difficulty of the subject and style of the book make it imperative that the narration is clear and and understandable.


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Joyce? Why or why not?

    Yes. This was not an issue with the writing- which though difficult is very interesting.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    By over acting, speaking too loudly or too softly, and by often times being difficult to decipher.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ulysses?

    I would not have cut any scenes.


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