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Ulysses | [James Joyce]

Ulysses

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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    Jed M. Shivers Scarsdale, NY, US 07-25-13
    Jed M. Shivers Scarsdale, NY, US 07-25-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Virtuoso performance story hard to follow"
    If you could sum up Ulysses in three words, what would they be?

    Funny Parodies Thoughts


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Anti climax


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


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    Eric Seattle, WA, United States 07-12-13
    Eric Seattle, WA, United States 07-12-13
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    "Jim Norton brings Dublin to life"
    Would you listen to Ulysses again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Leo Bloom, everyman.


    Have you listened to any of Jim Norton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no, but I will now seek them out.


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

    -


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    P Bethesda, MD, United States 07-08-13
    P Bethesda, MD, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Very good if you've read the book before"
    Would you listen to Ulysses again? Why?

    Maybe in the distant future. It's too long for a lark.


    What other book might you compare Ulysses to and why?

    Maybe Pynchon.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Wandering Rocks, Cyclops, and Oxen cane through particularly well read aloud.


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

    Not likely.


    Any additional comments?

    This recording reminded me of just what a feat Joyce pulled off with the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mónica buenos aires, Argentina 11-06-12
    mónica buenos aires, Argentina 11-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "excellent companion to an extraordinary reading"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ulysses to be better than the print version?

    It could never be better because Ulysses is a masterpiece of writing but it truly benefits the undestanding.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    He brings the story to life. You feel that every moment is a true moment.


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

    Perhaps Nausicaa.


    Any additional comments?

    I am very glad I chose this new experience.

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    David K. Aycock Rolla, Missouri United States 11-06-12
    David K. Aycock Rolla, Missouri United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Enthralling audio experience"

    It's poetry!
    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.

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    Theresa Dexter, MI, United States 09-30-12
    Theresa Dexter, MI, United States 09-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Incredible narration of a difficult book."
    Would you listen to Ulysses again? Why?

    Maybe. I think I would get a book with footnotes to help with understanding it.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, the narration was possibly my favorite of all the books I have listened to. Great emotion, pacing, clarity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan DEXTER, MO, United States 09-24-12
    Bryan DEXTER, MO, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing narration"

    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.

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    John North Clarendon, VT, United States 08-20-12
    John North Clarendon, VT, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A truly wonderful production"
    What did you love best about Ulysses?

    How do you find one thing to "love best" about one of the landmarks of world literature?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bloom of course. Who else?


    What about Jim Norton’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    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.


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    Edward Hollis Hills, NY, United States 08-06-12
    Edward Hollis Hills, NY, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    Jim Norton makes a real performance out of the book. Wonderful job done by the two narrators.

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    Maria Gunther SEATTLE, WA, US 07-16-12
    Maria Gunther SEATTLE, WA, US 07-16-12 Member Since 2011

    Audible is the soundtrack to my busy, city-walking life!

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    "Difficult, but worthwhile"
    What did you love best about Ulysses?

    The stream of consciousness inner monologues. Joyce was a master with this.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ulysses?

    The park/beach scene where the girl flirts with Bloom from afar.


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

    Edward Bloom.


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

    When Bloom realizes why the girl in the beach/park didn't run with the other girls.


    Any additional comments?

    Hard to get through in parts, but the morsels are worth the journey. Will have to redo in some years.

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