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)
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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.
Yes, the performance by Jim Norton is masterful. He sings, he brings each character to life, he even does his own sound effects. This dense book is much more comprehensible in audiobook form than print. As much as I enjoyed reading the text years ago, listening to it now in this form is so much richer.
Leo Bloom, everyman.
no, but I will now seek them out.
Highly recommended for anyone who has always wanted to read this master work, especially for those who found the text too dense. This is more like a radio play.
Maybe in the distant future. It's too long for a lark.
Wandering Rocks, Cyclops, and Oxen cane through particularly well read aloud.
This recording reminded me of just what a feat Joyce pulled off with the book.
It could never be better because Ulysses is a masterpiece of writing but it truly benefits the undestanding.
I liked all the characters due to their particular qualities, but as I have to choose I pick L. Bloom because he could really be a man you met any time. And regarding Molly, I am sure I heard women saying the words in her monologue.
He brings the story to life. You feel that every moment is a true moment.
I am very glad I chose this new experience.
For so many years I have had people warn me away from Ulysses, citing its obscurity and density. Phooey! It is lyrical and complex. It may well be that one would get more out of it given a thorough grounding in classical literature, but not quite getting all the allusions and references doesn't diminish the power of Joyce's playful linguistics. The well is deep, so drink deeply.
Maybe. I think I would get a book with footnotes to help with understanding it.
Again, the narration was possibly my favorite of all the books I have listened to. Great emotion, pacing, clarity.
Ulysses is extremely varied in style and vernacular from chapter to chapter, which is what makes Jim Norton's performance exceptional. He gives voice and meaning to the very difficult text.
How do you find one thing to "love best" about one of the landmarks of world literature?
Bloom of course. Who else?
It's enlightening. I discovered in college that the way to read Shakespeare was to go to the library and read along with a recording. Performances have meaning. With the possible exception of the chapter at the newspaper office where seeing the headlines holds much of the humor, Norton's amazing characterizations make this "difficult" book both funny and profound -- jocoserious as Joyce liked to say.
Some folks attempted to make a film of Ulysses in the 60's with predictable results. By making the story concrete and visible, you lose the essence of the work: its audacious experiments in what it means to tell a story. You also trivialize it. It played like a series of charades of famous episodes.
Audible is the soundtrack to my busy, city-walking life!
The stream of consciousness inner monologues. Joyce was a master with this.
The park/beach scene where the girl flirts with Bloom from afar.
When Bloom realizes why the girl in the beach/park didn't run with the other girls.
Hard to get through in parts, but the morsels are worth the journey. Will have to redo in some years.
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