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  • Ulysses

  • By: James Joyce
  • Narrated by: Tadhg Hynes, Kayleigh Payne
  • Length: 31 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Tadhg Hynes, a Dubliner, narrates James Joyce's revolutionary masterpiece. Hynes says, "Don't be put off by its reputation. You don't need a university degree (though some like to think that you do!). It's a book for everyone, and as you become familiar with the way Joyce writes, this becomes obvious. I've tried to bring out the Dublin wit and the unique language of its people, and I hope that this adds to the enjoyment of this great book."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In A Catagory of One

  • By Stephen on 03-02-18

In A Catagory of One

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

Any additional comments?

What a book, no wonder it has people talking about it still! It covers every aspect of what it is to be human from the minutiae to the monumental. Joyce is brutally honest in his writing and tackles life, death, love, loss, betrayal etc. in a very frank and self sacrificing manner.
I found it at first to be quite difficult to work out but with the help of a good guide book I began to get into the fabric of it. I've listened several times now and each time get something new out of it. There's humor sprinkled liberally throughout which I really didn't expect.
All in all I found it to be a book that is like no other and one that I will return to again and again (particularly episode 16 which I found remarkable)
Thank you to both readers for a wonderful performance.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Vicar of Wakefield

  • By: Oliver Goldsmith
  • Narrated by: Tadhg Hynes
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

First published in 1766, the loveable and innocent Dr Primrose and his family have given pleasure to all that have read it. The story opens with the vicar losing his fortune and moving to another parish. What follows is a tale of love, deceit, betrayal, humour and a hidden hero... It was one of Charles Dickens favorite books and a source of inspiration to him. No further recommendation is needed. Enjoy.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Buyer beware

  • By Stephen on 06-23-17

Buyer beware

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-17

Any additional comments?

This book has been taken from Librivox and is available there for free. It was never meant to be taken and sold. The reader has no association with the people that are trying to profit from other peoples work. Please don't buy this version.

9 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • David Copperfield

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Tadhg Hynes
  • Length: 32 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens. It was first published as a serial in 1849-50 and as a book in 1850. Many elements of the novel follow events in Dickens' own life, and it is often considered his veiled autobiography. It was Dickens' favorite among his own novels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gentle Reading of a Wonderful Story

  • By DAVID on 03-06-18

Buyer beware

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-17

This book has been taken from Librivox and is available there for free. It was never meant to be taken and sold. The reader has no association with the people that are trying to profit from other peoples work. Please don't buy this version.

11 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Ulysses

  • By: James Joyce
  • Narrated by: Philippe Duquenoy
  • Length: 29 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

Ulysses takes us on the journey of two men, Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus, through an hour-by-hour account of their lives for one day. These men cross paths in a series of coincidental events and listeners learn how interconnected they are even though they are not friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SPECTACULAR!

  • By Mike on 12-06-16

Disappointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-17

To begin with I must acknowledge the immense effort needed to record this book.
That said and this being one of the most iconic works of literature in modern times, I do have reservations about this edition.
Firstly, I found that on a large number of occasions the text was misread showing that the reader didn't fully understand what he was reading. This was a major problem to me as I was reading along with it and caused some confusion.
Secondly,
there was a lot of mispronouncing of names. Most noticeably Dedalus( one of the main characters) and Howth, to name a few. Joyce went to a great deal of trouble to be as accurate as possible in the details of the book and I think it lazy that a few minutes on the web could have avoided this.
Finally and worst of all, Molly Blooms soliloquy was read by a male. It just didn't make any sense. Surely a female reader could have been found.
All in all I'd have to say that this isn't a version that I would recommend.

11 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman in White

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Ian Holm
  • Length: 24 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340

Late one moonlit night, Walter Hartright encounters a solitary and terrified woman dressed all in white. He saves her from capture by her pursuers and determines to solve the mystery of her distress and terror. Inspired by an actual criminal case, this gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness and mistaken identity has never been out of print since its publication and brought Collins great fame and success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The outstanding narration is what I enjoyed most

  • By Leslie Grey McCawley on 12-03-10

Disappointed.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-17

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I bought this version on the basis that a professional actor was reading it. I was very disappointed with the performance. There was very little difference between the various voices and and fell very flat for me. I expected more from a big name. I didn't finish it and will look for another version.

1 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Molly Bloom's Soliloquy

  • from Ulysses
  • By: James Joyce
  • Narrated by: Marcella Riordan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seductive performance; Perfect complement to novel

  • By Gregytect on 10-02-12

Very poorly interpreted reading

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-16

Any additional comments?

I decided to give myself a year to tackle Ulysses properly and when I came to the last episode I bought this recording to help me.
After listening to it a couple of times I still found it somewhat confusing so I read along with it.
I found that a lot of the confusion was not with the writing but with the reading. To my annoyance, there are countless instances where the text was totally misinterpreted and misread. The reader clearly had no idea what certain parts of the book were about. I presume that the recording was proofed but whoever proofed it was also at fault.
This is one of the most iconic pieces of writing of all time and its lack of punctuation and writing style test the reader throughout. This recording does nothing to help and in fact adds to the difficulty.
I don’t recommend this recording and will continue reading from my paperback version.

1 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Scripture

  • By: Sebastian Barry
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 776

Roseanne McNulty, once one of the most beautiful and beguiling girls in County Sligo, Ireland, is now an elderly patient at Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital. As her 100th year draws near, she decides to record the events of her life, hiding the manuscript beneath the floorboards. Dr. Grene, Roseanne's caretaker, takes a special interest in her case. In his research, he discovers a document written by a local priest that tells a very different story of Roseanne's life than what she recalls.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting and Lovely

  • By Amanda on 05-17-12

Reluctant one star (I'd rather give none)

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-16

What disappointed you about The Secret Scripture?

The story is based in Ireland yet the reader chosen was English. After about ten minutes of one of the worst attempts at an Irish accent I gave up. I realised that I had come across the reader before reading Edna O' Briens book on Joyce and I had the same problem. Is it too much to ask that the reader is capable of carrying off an accent? It completely spoiled the book and as a result I'll definately be returning it. No more Wanda Mc Caddon/Donada Peters/Nadia May for me.

0 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • James Joyce

  • By: Edna O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Donada Peters
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthusiastic and insightful

  • By Tad Davis on 07-29-12

Excellant book. Poor narration

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-16

I found the book to be what I expected, a potted history of Joyce. Edna O' Brien gives a good account of Joyce's life and I would recommend it gladly. Only in book form however.
The reader spoiled it for me. When you bear in mind that twice in the book it's mentioned that Joyce claimed that if Dublin needed to be rebuilt his works could serve as a blueprint then it's inexcusable that time after time the reader mispronounces place-names. For example; howth, clongowes, caple street, finglas, chapelizod. I'm sure Joyce would have been horrified to hear it. Also, the 1950's Hollywood style Irish accent that was used was frankly insulting. I can't believe that an Irish narrator couldn't have been found. This is a fine example of wrong reader/wrong book. It spoiled an otherwise good book and hence my low rating. I'm contemplating whether or not to return it for a refund.

2 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • A Tale of Two Cities [Recorded Books]

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,340
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 791
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 783

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." So begins this classic, one of the most beloved novels of all time. Charles Dickens brings the French Revolution to life through such vivid characters as Charles Darnay, the Old Doctor, Sydney Carton and Lucy Manette. The action peaks with the storming of the Bastille, the dreaded symbol of government authority. And the blade of La Guillotine falls again...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolute literature...and a page turner at that!

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-30-03

Disappointed

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-16

Any additional comments?

This reader just wasn't my cup of tea. At this level of narration I expect more precision. This being an English novel I didn't like the use of the U.S pronunciation of certain words never mind the fact that some words were just pronounced wrongly. Small issues they may be but irritating enough to spoil the enjoyment.

1 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • David Copperfield [Audible]

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 36 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,147
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,990

Between his work on the 2014 Audible Audiobook of the Year, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel, and his performance of Classic Love Poems, narrator Richard Armitage ( The Hobbit, Hannibal) has quickly become a listener favorite. Now, in this defining performance of Charles Dickens' classic David Copperfield, Armitage lends his unique voice and interpretation, truly inhabiting each character and bringing real energy to the life of one of Dickens' most famous characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A PERFECT narration of an English classic!

  • By Wayne on 09-03-17

Awful

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-16

Any additional comments?

This is a terrible version. I returned it after a couple of chapters. Very disappointed!

3 of 19 people found this review helpful