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.
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.
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.
"Excellent audio book"
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.
"An approachable Joyce"
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.
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.
"My Favourite Poet"
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.
He's the co-host of Opie & Anthony. And now he's the one getting star billing! It's Jim Norton's finest moments from O&A's XM Satellite Radio show. And what could be finer than that? Volume 8 includes: "Jim's Girlfriend Visits", "Jim Hates Harry Potter", "Jim Hates Animals Part 1", and "Jim Hates Animals Part 2".
He's the co-host of Opie & Anthony. And now he's the one getting star billing! It's Jim Norton's finest moments from O&A's XM Satellite Radio show. And what could be finer than that? Volume 5 includes: "Pop Culture Quiz #2", "Positive Cab Driver Part 1", "Jim Reads the Comic", "Stood Up", "Jimmy on Elevator", "Kid Pranks", and "Massage/ Jim Cums on Himself".
He's the co-host of Opie & Anthony. And now he's the one getting star billing! It's Jim Norton's finest moments from O&A's XM Satellite Radio show. And what could be finer than that? Volume 10 includes: "Roast Part 3", "iPhone and Tech Support", and "Birds Suck".
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.
"awesomethis is the best audio version by far"
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.
This is a story from the Dubliners, Volume 2 collection.
He's the co-host of Opie & Anthony. And now he's the one getting star billing! It's Jim Norton's finest moments from O&A's XM Satellite Radio show. And what could be finer than that? Volume 4 includes: "Insensitivity Training Part 1", "Insensitivity Training Part 2", "Insensitivity Training Part 3", and "Pop Culture Quiz #1".
He's the co-host of Opie & Anthony. And now he's the one getting star billing! It's Jim Norton's finest moments from O&A's XM Satellite Radio show. And what could be finer than that? Volume 2 includes: "Vos Road Trip", "Billy Crystal on Broadway", "Blown Off By Randy Johnson", and "Jim Doesn't Like Canada".
He's the co-host of Opie & Anthony. And now he's the one getting star billing! It's Jim Norton's finest moments from O&A's XM Satellite Radio show. And what could be finer than that? Volume 7 includes: "Arrest Voicemail", "HBO One Night Stand Review", "Jim and Bob Kelly Rehab", "Scientist Friend", "Gay Wizardry / Animals", "Jim's Swinger Parents", and "Jim Hates Harry Potter (Wizardry)".
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.
"Enlightening on all aspects of his life and work"
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.
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.
"Fine Performance But Too Abridged"
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.