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Ulysses Audiobook

Ulysses [Audiobook]

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Publisher's Summary

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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    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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    S. Blackwell Sydney 09-07-14
    S. Blackwell Sydney 09-07-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Great addition to understanding this book"

    Ulysses is not a simple read - especially without annotations. This audio version absolutely makes the text more accessible - and is a Herculean achievement by all involved - not the least Jim Norton and Marcella Riordan who deserve an OBE each (or something) for reading it out loud with such seeming ease.

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    Amy Olathe, KS, United States 08-21-14
    Amy Olathe, KS, United States 08-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "27 hours of misery"

    This book may have been shocking or even relevant when it was originally published. However, it is no longer neither now. It is a complete bore.

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    sam shreveport, louisiana, United States 08-09-14
    sam shreveport, louisiana, United States 08-09-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Uh...It Was An Experiance"

    I'll be honest, this is by no means light reading, and I went into this seeking something that would challenge my mind. I appreciated Joyce's depiction of life in early 20th century Ireland and how he showed it completely rounded and even focused on less mentioned aspects such as the general anti-semetism. It is also clear that Joyce was quick the literary ventriloquist, and clearly never met a writing style he never liked. I also liked Simon Bloom's internal monologues, and Buck Mulogan was a cheeky fellow

    Having said that, at times it felt more like the book was focused on being clever and doing literary tricks, and the plot and general experience of the novel suffered because of this. Actually, this was a recurring problem I had with this novel. I also feel I'd have better appreciated this novel is studied in a class rather than read on my own. Maybe I'd have a better appreciation rather than feeling it might be more than a little overhyped. I'd been on a literary kick, but after this book I dove back into the world of genre.

    Overall, it was...an, um, experience. If nothing else

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    David Hoeilaart, Belgium 07-29-14
    David Hoeilaart, Belgium 07-29-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Clever but dull"

    Joyce is a very clever author. He has a mastery of the language that is at times very funny, and at times very engaging.

    On the other hand, he just doesn't know how to tell a story. There is no narative here, no suspense, no climax. It is just an account of a man's thoughts and trivial actions going through a day.

    Joyce badly needs an editor. I found myself looking to see how much longer I was going to have to suffer through a chapter.

    The reading, I have to say, was excellent, which is probably what made me stick with it.

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    Nicole 06-20-14
    Nicole 06-20-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Not well suited for audio"
    What would have made Ulysses better?

    From the reviews I've read of the work, much of what makes Ulysses a "masterpiece" is the characters' inner monologues. I'm guessing that is why this book is so confusing to listen to. It is impossible to tell when the character is interacting with another character and when he is thinking thoughts to himself.


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    Tim 05-10-14
    Tim 05-10-14
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    "Great experience"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ulysses to be better than the print version?

    Not necessarily. I'm Irish so when reading the book I "get" all the meanings and nuance's.However, for anybody not lucky enough to be Irish Jim Norton makes the book accessible to all. This version is a great way to "read" this iconic book for the first time but I would strongly recommend reading it in the old-fashioned way afterwards.


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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 07-08-13
    P 07-08-13
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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.

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