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  • Ulysses | James Joyce

    Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (873)

    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.

    Peter Deane says: "Ulysses (Unabridged)"
  • Happy Endings: The Tales of a Meaty-Breasted Zilch | Jim Norton

    Happy Endings: The Tales of a Meaty-Breasted Zilch

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jim Norton
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (199)

    Comedian Jim Norton is dirty...really dirty...the kind of dirty that makes The Aristocrats look like a knock-knock joke. Fortunately for him, his kind of dirty humor has earned him the distinction of being third microphone on the immensely popular Opie & Anthony syndicated radio show. In Happy Endings, Jim brings his raw, hilarious, and offensively honest comedy to Audible® listeners.

    christina onorio says: "Jim Uncensored"
  • The Third Policeman | Flann O'Brien

    The Third Policeman

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Flann O'Brien
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    Overall
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    (200)
    Story
    (202)

    Flann O'Brien's most popular and surrealistic novel concerns an imaginary, hellish village police force and a local murder.

    Weird, satirical, and very funny, its popularity has suddenly increased with the mention of the novel in the TV series Lost.

    Amazon Customer says: "Narrator extradinaire"
  • The Great Poets: W. B. Yeats | W. B. Yeats

    The Great Poets: W. B. Yeats

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By W. B. Yeats
    • Narrated By Jim Norton, Denys Hawthorne, Marcella Riordan, and others
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    (24)
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    (16)
    Story
    (14)

    Naxos AudioBooks continues its new series of Great Poets, represented by collections of their most popular poems in one program. W. B. Yeats was one of the most beloved poets of the 20th century. He left a large legacy of outstanding poems, and the finest are collected here: "Down by the Salley Gardens," "The Lake Isle of Inisfree," "The Secret Rose," and "He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven". They are read by a strong cast, led by Olivier award-winner Jim Norton.

    Allen Mahan says: "My Favourite 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
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (227)

    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"
  • An Ideal Husband | Oscar Wilde

    An Ideal Husband

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 39 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Rosalind Ayres, Jacqueline Bisset, Paul Gutrecht, and others
    Overall
    (98)
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    (66)
    Story
    (68)

    A tender love story, a serpentine villainess, a glittering setting in London society, and a showering of Wildean witticism are only a few of the reasons why this play has enjoyed hugely successful revivals in London, in New York, and on the silver screen. This 1895 drama is eerily prescient, as it examines the plight of a promising politician, desperate to hide a secret in his past. With empathy and wit, Oscar Wilde explores the pitfalls of holding public figures to higher standards than the rest of us.

    Caitlín Mitchell says: "Almost perfect"
  • Dubliners (Naxos Edition) | James Joyce

    Dubliners (Naxos Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
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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.

    Robert says: "An approachable Joyce"
  • The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats | Compiled by John Kavanagh

    The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Compiled by John Kavanagh
    • Narrated By Jim Norton, Denys Hawthorne, Nicholas Boulton, and others
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    William Butler Yeats remains one of the most popular poets of the 20th century.

    "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," "He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven," "Down by the Salley Gardens," "The Secret Rose": these are just a few of the poems that made William Butler Yeats an international figure. Born in Dublin in 1865, Yeats drew strength from the Irish tradition, as can be seen in this special audiobook, which presents the most important poems in the context of his life and ambitions.

    Carol says: "Enlightening on all aspects of his life and work"
  • Ulysses | James Joyce

    Ulysses

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton, Marcella Riordan
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    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"
  • Ulysses, Volume 1: Episodes 1-3 | James Joyce

    Ulysses, Volume 1: Episodes 1-3

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, 16 June 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.

    Timothy says: "This book shouldn't be"
  • Seven Pillars of Wisdom | T.E. Lawrence

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By T.E. Lawrence
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Although Lawrence of Arabia died in 1935, the story of his life has captured the imagination of succeeding generations. The Seven Pillars of Wisdom is a monumental work in which he chronicles his role in leading the Arab Revolt against the Turks during the First World War.

    Nicholas says: "Simply Magical"
  • The Dead | James Joyce

    The Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 31 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    This is a story from the Dubliners, Volume 2 collection.

  • Crown and Country: A History of England through the Monarchy | David Starkey

    Crown and Country: A History of England through the Monarchy

    • ABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Starkey
    • Narrated By Tim Pigott-Smith, Jim Norton
    Overall
    (13)
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    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The monarchy is one of Britain’s longest surviving institutions – as well as one of its most tumultuous and revered. In this masterful book, David Starkey looks at the monarchy as a whole, charting its history from Roman times, to the Wars of the Roses, the chaos of the Civil War, the fall of Charles I and Cromwell's emergence as Lord Protector – all the way up until the Victorian era when Britain’s monarchs came face-to-face with modernity.

    daniel says: "Needs Chapters - to good to stop!"
  • Love and Summer: A Novel | William Trevor

    Love and Summer: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By William Trevor
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    An author who has received international critical acclaim for his exquisite prose, William Trevor saw his novel The Story of Lucy Gault short-listed for the prestigious Booker Prize. Love and Summer tells the tale of Ellie Dillahan, an orphan entered into a bleak future with the man she wed. As the story unfolds, Ellie’s life is thrown into tumult by a fateful encounter with another man.

    Cariola says: "Flat"
  • Finnegans Wake | James Joyce

    Finnegans Wake

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton, Marcella Riordan
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Finnegans Wake, the greatest avant-garde novel of all time, was first published 70 years ago - and people are still trying to work out what it is about. There is Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker - aka HCE (Here Comes Everyone) - and Anna Livia Plurabelle, but also Finnegan the hod carrier (or was he a giant?), whose wake is the subject of the book. This is a masterly reading of the abridged version, with copious notes aiding comprehension.

    Dr Hooly says: "awesome
    this is the best audio version by far"
  • Krapp's Last Tape, Not I, That Time, & A Piece of Monologue | Samuel Beckett

    Krapp's Last Tape, Not I, That Time, & A Piece of Monologue

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Samuel Beckett
    • Narrated By Jim Norton, Juliet Stevenson, John Moffatt, and others
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    These four works show Samuel Beckett at his most penetrating. Both Krapp's Last Tape (1958) and Not I (1972) are among the most striking pieces written for the theatre in the 20th century. An old man sits at a table, playing back old tapes made when he was younger, mixed glimpses of past feelings. In Not I, we have just a mouth expressing memories and torment in a torrent of words.

  • Dubliners, Volume 1 | James Joyce

    Dubliners, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    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.

  • Please Be Offended | Jim Norton

    Please Be Offended

    • ORIGINAL (56 mins)
    • By Jim Norton
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    Overall
    (14)
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    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Comedian and best-selling author Jim Norton pulls no punches, going after jaw-dropping laughs not intended for the faint of heart. Chief among his targets: the national hypersensitivity epidemic afflicting leading celebrities, talking heads and regular Joes alike to get offended by just about anything. Norton's got a message for those people, and it's in the title.

  • Ulysses, Volume 2: Episodes 4-15 | James Joyce

    Ulysses, Volume 2: Episodes 4-15

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, 16 June 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.

    Jo says: "But don't buy this version, buy the full one."
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man | James Joyce

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Joyce describes the early life of Stephen Dedalus: significant memories from infancy, schooldays, family life, his first taste of sin, guilt, repentance - and his passage to freedom as he elects to leave Ireland forever. This is, in effect, an autobiography. Dedalus is Joyce; every person he encounters and every incident he experiences, is drawn from life. The writing, though, displays the colour and imagination of the very finest fiction.

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