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  • Joyce's Ulysses

  • By: James A. W. Heffernan, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: James A. W. Heffernan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

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 anyone willing to give it a chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good to Begin With

  • By Elisa on 06-21-16

Necessary correlative to reading of Ulysses

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-19

Necessary and excellent lectures that correlate to one’s reading of James Joyce’s, ULYSSES. Will enhance one’s understanding of the novel. One will not regret getting this Audible recording.

  • Ulysses

  • By: James Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Norton
  • Length: 27 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,567
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,219
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,195

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ulysses (Unabridged)

  • By Peter Deane on 01-22-09

Audible: necessary and best

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-19

For Ulysses, to survive it on the first reading at least, use Audible performance. I have heard all of them and Norton’s is the best. It’s an outstanding narration of this dense and rated most important book of the 20th century. Especially if you want to get through the difficult third chapter and beyond. Further, I would recommend getting James Hellernan’s lectures through the Great Courses series which is also available from Audible. This paring will give you a greater appreciation and understanding of Ulysses’s references and meaning.

  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  • By: James Joyce
  • Narrated by: Colin Farrell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

This quintessential coming-of-age novel describes the early life of Stephen Dedalus. It is set in Ireland during the 19th century, which was a time of emerging Irish nationalism and conservative Catholicism. Highly autobiographical in nature, the work is also notable for its being the first one in which Joyce uses innovative “stream of consciousness” writing style. A Portrait... follows Stephen Dedalus from his babyhood into early adulthood.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Bitterly disappointed

  • By James on 01-29-19

Nice performance just not perfect

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-19

Colin Farrell does a superb job narrating Joyce’s novel. There were, however, some mispronunciations and sentences missing (I don’t know what version he was reading). All in all though it was a pretty good performance.

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  • Restless

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 575

It is the summer of 1976 in Oxfordshire, England, and someone is trying to kill Sally Gilmartin. The only person she can trust is her daughter, Ruth, a young single mother struggling with her own demons. Now Sally must tell her daughter the truth: She is actually Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian émigré recruited for the British Secret Service in 1939.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite Book of 2007

  • By Susianna on 12-27-07

Good performance

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-19

Nice performance. Structure of the novel worked well in the telling of the story; original and intriguing. Characters were well conveyed. Dialogue was short and stark(very British in the period?). The spy operation that was the crux of the story was confusing. It’s lack of clarity took a blow to the intensity and authenticity. This is a four star novel. Not superlative but not terrible. It is entertaining.

  • The Winter Soldier

  • By: Daniel Mason
  • Narrated by: Laurence Dobiesz
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249

Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a 22-year-old medical student when World War I explodes across Europe. Enraptured by romantic tales of battlefield surgery, he enlists, expecting a position at a well-organized field hospital. But when he arrives - at a commandeered church tucked away high in a remote valley of the Carpathian Mountains - he discovers a freezing outpost ravaged by typhus. The other doctors have fled, and only a single mysterious nurse named Sister Margarete remains. But Lucius has never lifted a surgeon's scalpel. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely well read narration..excellent overall

  • By KRRCPA on 12-22-18

Nicely performed

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-19

This novel is written with delicate command. This is a lovely story. Laurence Dobiesz does a really fine job narrating the story. His voice is well modulated to the pace and tone of the narrative, and the behavior and voices of the characters.

  • The Master

  • By: Colm Toibin
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 158

In The Master, his brilliant and profoundly moving fifth novel, Colm Toibin tells the story of Henry James, a famous novelist born into one of America's intellectual first families two decades before the Civil War. James left his country to live in Paris, Rome, Venice, and London among privileged artists and writers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect

  • By Kathy on 05-06-05

A lovely understated novel

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-19

Geoffrey Howard gives a pitch perfect performance to this understated and intelligently written novel about Henry James. Colm Toibin presents characters with careful distinctions. The writing is understated, poised, well mannered.

  • The Songs of the Kings

  • By: Barry Unsworth
  • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

A thoroughly modern tale of politics, spin-doctoring, and media manipulation. As the harsh wind holds the Greek fleet trapped in the straits at Aulis, frustration and political impotence turn into a desire for the blood of a young and innocent woman - blood that will appease the gods and allow the troops to set sail. And when Iphigeneia, Agamemnon's beloved daughter, is brought to the coast under false pretences, it looks as if the ships will soon be on their way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The politics of power haven't changed.

  • By susan on 12-06-12

Entertaining retailing of Homer

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-19

I have read The Odyssey and The Illiad many times. This novel is about the time the Greeks found themselves stuck on the shore of Aulis with foul winds, unable to sail to Troy, and then send for Agamemnon’s daughter Iphigenia as a sacrifice to Zeus to change the winds. This is an entertaining and well written novel, giving the modern reader a different perception of the characters of Homer’s stories.

  • The Ruby in Her Navel

  • By: Barry Unsworth
  • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Thurstan, a young Norman and would-be Knight at the Court of King Roger in Palermo, has been in love since boyhood with Lady Alicia, now returned a widow from the Holy Land. Thurstan soon finds himself caught in a tangle of plots.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Well-Earned Five Stars for this Gem

  • By Ilana on 12-11-14

Excellent Performance!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-19

Andrew Sachs puts forth another stellar performance for this intriguing novel set in foreign ministry of the kingdom of Sicily in the year of around 1135. It involves political internecine intrigue, religious rivalries, and foreign espionage. And even a romance. Colorful characters practice their deception in taverns, estates, castles, monasteries (what would a story set in the Middle Ages be without a monk) and cathedral (where even the rivalry of Byzantine and Roman artists are disputed). This novel is flush with plots, deception, cash paid to an assassin, traveling dancers, double crossing, usurping power. It’s an intelligently written novel, and Unsworth is in command creatively and in his craft.

  • Milkman

  • By: Anna Burns
  • Narrated by: Bríd Brennan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes "interesting" - the last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed, and to be noticed is dangerous. Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is a story of inaction with enormous consequences. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narration made it even better

  • By Alan on 01-20-19

Fresh and alive

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-19

Milkman by Anna Burns is a sparkling and fresh novel even if it is about the strict mores dark consequences of speculative wrong behavior during the troubles in Northern Ireland in the 1970s. It is an original story written with a command of craft. All round original and well worthy of the Booker Prize for 2018.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,116
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,122

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

A Little Life

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-18

A generous story written with visceral patience. The characters are genuine and propel this emotive plot. I loved this novel. Read it.