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  • James Joyce: Revised Edition | Richard Ellman

    James Joyce: Revised Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Richard Ellman
    • Narrated By John Keating
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    Richard Ellmann has revised and expanded his definitive work on Joyce's life to include newly discovered primary material, including details of a failed love affair, a limerick about Samuel Beckett, a dream notebook, previously unknown letters, and much more.

    Stephen says: "Rejoice, don't wallow"
  • Ulysses | James Joyce

    Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Donal Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The first authorized, unabridged release of this timeless classic and exclusively available from Recorded Books. Ulysses records the events of a single day, June 16, 1904, in Dublin, Ireland.

    GUY says: "Outstanding reading of Ulysses by James Joyce"
  • Ulysses | James Joyce

    Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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.

    A User says: "Ulysses (Unabridged)"
  • James Joyce's Dubliners | James Joyce

    James Joyce's Dubliners

    • ABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
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    TV actor Charles Keating provides superb narratives of "Araby", "Eveline", and "Counterparts" from Joyce's brilliant collection of stories, rich with memorable characters and displaying his genius for the subtleties and nuances of language.

  • The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses | Kevin Birmingham

    The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kevin Birmingham
    • Narrated By John Keating
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    Literary historian Kevin Birmingham follows Joyce's years as a young writer, his feverish work on his literary masterpiece, and his ardent love affair with Nora Barnacle, the model for Molly Bloom. Joyce and Nora socialized with literary greats like Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, T. S. Eliot and Sylvia Beach. Their support helped Joyce fight an array of anti-vice crusaders while his book was disguised and smuggled, pirated and burned in the United States and Britain.

    Chris Reich says: "Excellent and Informative"
  • The Dead | James Joyce

    The Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 25 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Michael Orenstein
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    Often cited as the best work of short fiction ever written, Joyce's elegant story details a New Year's Eve gathering in Dublin that is so evocative and beautiful that it prompts the protagonist's wife to make a shocking revelation to her husband - closing the story with an emotionally powerful epiphany that is unsurpassed in modern literature."The Dead" is the final short story in Joyce's 1914 collection Dubliners. It is the longest story in the collection and widely considered to be one of the greatest short stories in the English language.

  • Molly Bloom's Soliloquy: from Ulysses | James Joyce

    Molly Bloom's Soliloquy: from Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Marcella Riordan
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    Molly Bloom’s soliloquy, the remarkable climactic conclusion to Ulysses, remains, nearly a century after its first publication, one of the most remarkable chapters in world literature. It is night, the end of a long day (16 June 1904) for Leopold Bloom’s wife, Molly. She lies in bed, muses on the events of the day, her life with her husband, her affair with Blazes Boylan, and drifts towards sleep.

    Gregytect says: "Seductive performance; Perfect complement to novel"
  • Dubliners | James Joyce

    Dubliners

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Donal Donnelly
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    Tad Davis says: "Good reading, but muffled sound"
  • Dubliners (Tantor Edition) | James Joyce

    Dubliners (Tantor Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
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    Dubliners is a collection of short stories by James Joyce that was first published in 1914. The 15 stories were meant to be a naturalistic depiction of the Irish middle-class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century. The stories were written at a time when Irish nationalism was at its peak and a search for a national identity and purpose was raging; at a crossroads of history and culture, Ireland was jolted by various converging ideas and influences.

    Nora Prior says: "Brilliant stories about Dubliners"
  • Ulysses | James Joyce

    Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    Joyce’s experimental masterpiece set a new standard for modernist fiction, pushing the English language past all previous thresholds in its quest to capture a day in the life of an Everyman in turn-of-the-century Dublin. Obliquely borrowing characters and situations from Homer’s Odyssey, Joyce takes us on an internal odyssey along the current of thoughts, impressions, and experiences that make up the adventure of living an average day.

    Tad Davis says: "Flawed"
  • Joyce's Ulysses | The Great Courses

    Joyce's Ulysses

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor James A. W. Heffernan
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    Ulysses depicts a world that is as fully conceived and vibrant as anything in Homer or Shakespeare. It has been delighting and puzzling readers since it was first published on Joyce's 40th birthday in 1922. And here, Professor Heffernan maps the brilliance, passion, humanity, and humor of Joyce's modern Odyssey in these 24 lectures that finally make a beguiling literary masterpiece accessible for any reader willing to give it a chance.

    Peregrine says: "I really recommend this if you're reading Ulysses"
  • Dubliners (Harper Audio Edition) | James Joyce

    Dubliners (Harper Audio Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt, Patrick McCabe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    James Joyce revolutionized twentieth-century writing with his "stream of consciousness" technique. While ingeniously innovative and experimental, he was also a keenly precise chronicler of the people, places, and sounds of his native Dublin. In Dubliners, a cast of 15 internationally famous stage and screen actors perform stories that make up a brilliant journey over a human landscape that captures the bleakest of despair to the most blinding of epiphanies.

    Deirdre says: "Great Stories, Poor Performance"
  • Dubliners (Naxos Edition) | James Joyce

    Dubliners (Naxos Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
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    James Joyce's Dubliners is a collection of short stories about the lives of the people of Dublin around the turn of the century. Each story describes a small but significant moment of crisis or revelation in the life of a particular Dubliner, sympathetically but always with stark honesty. Many of the characters are desperate to escape the confines of their humdrum lives, though those that have the opportunity to do so seem unable to take it.

    Tad says: "Good reading, a little slow"
  • The Dead and Other Stories | James Joyce

    The Dead and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
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    Ralph Cosham gives a remarkable performance of five of Joyce's best known stories from Dubliners including The Dead, considered to be one of the greatest works of short fiction, and which was a movie and is now a Broadway Play.

    Allen Mahan says: "Less Expensive But . . ."
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man | James Joyce

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    Perhaps James Joyce's most personal work, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man depicts the intellectual awakening of one of literature's most memorable young heroes, Stephen Dedalus. Through a series of brilliant epiphanies that parallel the development of his own aesthetic consciousness, Joyce evokes Stephen's youth.

    Tad Davis says: "Good, but a little rushed"
  • Ulysses (Dramatised) | James Joyce

    Ulysses (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Stephen Rea
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    The young poet Stephen has been recalled from Paris to Dublin to be at his mother’s deathbed. But he refuses her dying wishes: to kneel and pray for her. Now, holed up in his Martello tower outside the city walls, he has to suffer the taunts of Buck Mulligan by day and, by night, the vision of ‘her eyes, shaking out of death to shake and bend my soul.’ Timelessly evocative, Ulysses is far more than the story of Stephen Dedalus’ journey through Dublin.

    Edward says: "Appreciating Ulysses for the first time"
  • Ulysses | James Joyce

    Ulysses

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton, Marcella Riordan
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    Though Ulysses is widely regarded as a "difficult" novel, this fresh and lively reading shows its comic genius as well as its great moments of poignance, making it more accessible than ever before.

    Jay says: "Fine Performance But Too Abridged"
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man | James Joyce

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    In this largely autobiographical coming-of-age story, James Joyce describes the awakening young mind of a middle-class Irish Catholic boy named Stephen Dedalus. The story follows Stephen’s development from his early troubled boyhood through an adolescent crisis of faith—partially inspired by the famous “hellfire sermon” preached by Father Arnall, and partly by the guilt of his own precocious sexual adventures—to his discovery of his ultimate destiny as a poet.

  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man | James Joyce

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    This fictionalized portrait of Joyce's youth is one of the most vivid accounts of the growth from childhood to adulthood. Dublin at the turn of the century provides the backdrop as Stephen Dedalus moves from town and society, towards the irrevocable decision to leave. It was the decision made by Joyce himself which resulted in the mature novels of Ulysses and Finnegans Wake.

    J. says: "Excellent audio book"
  • James Joyce | Edna O'Brien

    James Joyce

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Edna O'Brien
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
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    One of Ireland's best current novelists provides a thumbnail sketch of Ireland's greatest writer. A passionate and sensuous portrait, James Joyce is a return to the land of politics, history, saints, and scholars that shaped the creator of the 20th century's groundbreaking novel, Ulysses.

    Tad Davis says: "Enthusiastic and insightful"
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