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Publisher's Summary

Richard Ellmann has revised and expanded his definitive work on Joyce's life to include newly discovered primary material, including details of a failed love affair, a limerick about Samuel Beckett, a dream notebook, previously unknown letters, and much more.

©1982 Richard Ellman (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Not Unabridged, Strictly Speaking

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The recording skips the textual notes/comments that are at the bottoms of pages throughout the book. (These are in addition to the numbered footnotes the end of the text.) Deplorable. You will have to buy the book and read this important omitted material yourself. It was misleading to label the recording as "unabridged."

Wonderful book, though.

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Worth It

This exhaustive study of Joyce's life was wonderful to listen to, insightful & well worth it. The narrator does a good job of keeping the reading interested & the narrative is easy to follow.

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Rejoice, don't wallow

My followers might have fine time as much as I, for tis not particularly cerebral but rather personal and sympathetic look at life interests of Joyce giving the impression that he was quite a stoic.
The narrator had a sort of rhymthic stop-and-go reading style initially I wasn't much sure would be well-regarded over so many hours yet surprisingly found it easy on the ear overall.

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Hearing with Audible the 37 hours of Joyce's Bio

Would you consider the audio edition of James Joyce to be better than the print version?

Yes if the reader like to walk with hearing phones.

What did you like best about this story?

The narration of the meeting between Proust and Joyce.

Have you listened to any of John Keating’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. It make me laugh.

Any additional comments?

Excellent work.

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A biographer's biography

I can confess that I listened to this late into the night and fell asleep on more than one night. So, I can't say I read the whole thing. Nevertheless, a biography is in large part a collection of anecdotes so just about anywhere I picked up, the story was always interesting. It was quite similar to reading Joyce in that my book had no beginning and no end. It took place at night and, it sometimes had a dreamlike quality - maybe I was dreaming. And, just like Joyce, the parts I "got" were worth the read even if I didn't "get" everything. Unlike Joyce, I don't think I will reread his biography for fear I will fall asleep in the same places.

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  • Ronan
  • 01-10-15

Ellman breaths life into JJ

great to know more about She the penman. A true genius and life brilliantly told and narrated.

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  • Raphael
  • 11-13-16

Mesmerising book, partially adequate reading

The book being a true page turner (well, assuming you are interested in Joyce work and life) the listening would have been a great joy too, were it only not for the utterly inadequate renderings of the numerous quotations in French, German and Italian. This fatal stab on Joyce key languages of expression is only partially compensated by the very sonorous and melodic voice with what seems a mild Irish accent that is very fitting for Joyce's quotations in English

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  • 03-18-16

Brilliant Biography, slightly odd reading.

What was one of the most memorable moments of James Joyce?

Joyce meeting Proust and both complaining about their health.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

He has no legato, so he .......puts in .....strange........pauses. Some strangled French and Italian to boot.

Any additional comments?

Despite the slightly odd reading (which is perfectly acceptable) this remains a truly remarkable biography. Every page is fascinating and the advantage over Gordon Bowker's fine effort (also recommended) is the analysis of the works and the sheer breadth of the research and scholarship. A monumental achievement.