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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Narrated by: Colin Farrell
Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)
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"Joyce ventures inside that part of our identity for which no language yet exists, probing into the space between what belongs to the individual alone and what is ours together…Portrait is about this, a young man’s soul, and what makes Joyce’s novel so magical, what makes it essentially literary, is that his conquest of what belongs to the individual alone—what is special, and to Joyce’s mind unique about Stephen Dedalus—is also a conquest of what belongs, and is unique, to each of us."

Karl Ove Knausgaard, The New York Times Magazine
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Our favorite moments from A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Only God could do that
Athy tells Stephen a riddle
A Dedalus Christmas dinner debate
A poet? He’s only a rhymester!
Stephen reflects on the Virgin Mary

  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Only God could do that
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Athy tells Stephen a riddle
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • A Dedalus Christmas dinner debate
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • A poet? He’s only a rhymester!
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Stephen reflects on the Virgin Mary

About the Performer

Born and raised in Castleknock, Dublin in the Republic of Ireland, actor Colin Farrell began his schooling at the Gaiety School of Acting—but before he even completed his studies, he’d already landed starring roles in the miniseries Falling for a Dancer and the beloved BBC drama Ballykissangel. In 1999, Farrell made his film debut, in Tim Roth’s The War Zone. Shortly thereafter, his career took off, boasting early credits on films including Tigerland, Phone Booth, Minority Report, Daredevil, and Alexander. But it was his 2008 performance as troubled hitman Ray in Martin McDonough’s black comedy In Bruges that first brought him award season acclaim including a Golden Globe for Best Actor. After that incredible success, Farrell went on to star in Seven Psychopaths, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Saving Mr. Banks, Total Recall, Fright Night, Horrible Bosses, and The Lobster—the latter of which earned him nominations for Best Actor at the 2017 Golden Globes, 2015 British Independent Film Awards, and the 2015 European Film Awards. He currently lives in Los Angeles where he continues to hone his craft.

About the Author

One of the most inventive, influential, and important authors of the 20th Century, James Joyce left an indelible mark on literary tradition with a staggering canon of novels, short stories, and poems that span genres and decades. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland as the eldest of ten children in an impoverished and unstable household, Joyce spent his childhood engulfed in the works of Dante, Aristotle, and Aquinas. By 22, he had published his first short story and was working diligently on producing longer works while toiling part-time as an English teacher to support his family. His first book, a collection of short stories entitled Dubliners, was published in 1914 followed shortly thereafter by the semi-autobiographical A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. But it was his 1922 landmark novel Ulysses, a feat of modernist literature, that earned Joyce tremendous fame. A highly experimental, deftly structured novel ripe with humor and rich characterization, the novel is one of the most hotly discussed literary works in the world. By his death in 1941, Joyce had already long cemented himself as what he is recognized as today—a legendary author whose mastery of language is matched only by his earnest portrayal of humanity.

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Bitterly disappointed

I'm a huge fan of Joyce and when I saw this version by Colin Farrell I thought "well done Audible for matching this great book with an Irish reader". Unfortunately it didn't turn out as well as it should have. The reading was very one dimensional and with very little attention given to characterization. For example, Stephens father, who is a larger than life bombastic Cork man was portrayed as a very flat man with a Dublin accent. Time after time the text was misinterpreted giving the impression that the reader didn't understand what he was reading.
I can't help thinking that if Joyce was around today then this version wounldn't meet with his approval.

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Finally

Colin Farrell is the perfect reader for this book. Much easier to follow the weavings of the story with his voice guiding the way.

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Nice performance just not perfect

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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