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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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    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 2014
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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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    Dawn 06-04-12
    Dawn 06-04-12
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    "Tedious ramblings of a scatter brained poet."
    Would you try another book from James Joyce and/or Jim Norton?

    I must admit that the narrator is excellent and obviously a great actor.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Aggravation, frustration and disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to find out why it is that I've heard so many great things about Joyce but never really seen much of his work make it's way into any popular media. I think now it is because his style is so scattered and almost impossible to listen to or read. He can't seem to finish a single thought without wandering off on a tangent or singing a song or reciting a poem. I'm not even sure if there is an actual story in there and I'm a quarter of the way through the book. Really don't think I can listen to it anymore.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Seeker77 Dunkirk, MD United States 05-27-12
    Seeker77 Dunkirk, MD United States 05-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliant Production!"

    James Joyce and his contemporaries changed the face of Literature. Ulysses is obviously an amazing achievement. This said, the monsterous thing is barely comprehensible to read.

    The producers of this audiobook have done everything in their power to make Ulysses intelligible. It is an absolutely brilliant production. Jim Norton might just be a genius.

    If you like strangeness and mental puzzles or if you are a Literature scholar this is the book for you. I guess I should give Joyce's story five stars but the only thing that made it entertaing for me was the stunning narration and I personally rate stories on their entertainment value.

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    kate mcall 04-20-12
    kate mcall 04-20-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Difficult"
    What disappointed you about Ulysses?

    It's a pretty confused story with no plot. It's hard to follow if you don't have all the background. I'm sure it's very worthwhile but it's hard work.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator does a great job of bringing the characters to life.

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    Craig Canada 02-29-12
    Craig Canada 02-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Must hear before must read!"
    What made the experience of listening to Ulysses the most enjoyable?

    I'm not sure how you'd ever understand this without first listening to it? I listen to it while driving to work everyday and am constantly amazed by Norton's ability to portray the different characters as well as deliver what at times sounds like very complicated text. Having listened to hundreds of hours of books from the Iliad to the latest thriller, Norton is one of the very best!So how about the book? I'm not sure yet...at times it's laugh out loud funny, at times like stepping back into Dublin of the era with carts, trams and people whizzing by. While at other times it's more like an acid trip. Even then it's cool to


    What other book might you compare Ulysses to and why?

    Moby Dick. Might seem weird, but the language at times (


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

    Stephen Daedalus...esp. drunk. Funny and believable.


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

    No way! At times I have to take a break bec sections were pretty dense. At other though I'd just lie down with my head phones on and listen.


    Any additional comments?

    A great idea would be to listen with the book in hand (esp. if you have an eReader) because there are so many words and historical characters that I would have liked to look up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Huntington, WV, United States 02-10-12
    Charles Huntington, WV, United States 02-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Remarkable!"
    Where does Ulysses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is simply fantastic. I've read


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    Michael 02-09-12
    Michael 02-09-12

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    What did you like best about Ulysses? What did you like least?

    The finish. Actually the last chapter is a little saucy.


    What could James Joyce have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not written it.


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

    Excellent. With out Jim Norton and the lady who joined in, I would have never made it through this rambling of an insane Irishman.


    Did Ulysses inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, go to sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    You either will love this book or hate it. Me, I'm in the middle.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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