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Ulysses Audiobook

Ulysses [Audiobook]

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Publisher's Summary

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.

While Bloom's passionate wife, Molly, conducts yet another illicit liasion (with her concert manager), Bloom finds himself getting into arguments with drunken nationalists and wild carousing with excitable medical students, before rescuing Stephen Dedalus from a brawl and returning with him to his own basement kitchen.

In the hands of Jim Norton and Marcella Riordan, experienced and stimulating Joycean readers, and carefully directed by Roger Marsh, Ulysses becomes accessible as never before. It is entertaining, immediate, funny, and rich in classical, philosophical, and musical allusion.

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What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Finalist, Classics, 2005

"As ambitious and rewarding an audio production as any that exists, an audio experience that truly deserves to be cherished....Readers of Ulysses have long been encouraged to read out loud the more difficult sections for added comprehension and enjoyment of the language. Now, thanks to Naxos, the entire book is available in a performance to savor. It is safe to say that anyone wanting to experience the preeminent work of modern fiction has in this package the perfect audio companion." (AudioFile)

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    ThruHiker 02-04-17
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    "Over My Head"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    For English Majors who want to know more about experimental writings. I had to read Cliff Notes to understand what was going on!


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Joyce again?

    Probably not.


    What about Jim Norton’s performance did you like?

    Great character voices - my only clue to what was transpiring.


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    Jeffrey Wilson 01-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The definitive Ulysses"

    I'm one of those acolytes who reads Ulysses over and over again. I choice to make my fifth reading this audio recording so I could hear the words in a new way. This audiobook may replace my beloved paperback with all its scribbled marginalia. The performance is breathless and rich with all of Joyce's wordplay, never missing a mark. I listen to all audiobooks a bit faster or else I get sick of the plodding pace, and this I liked at 1.25. Except for Molly's soliloquy, which I took at the given speed, because it deserves that much. Fabulous choice to use two voices, a man and a woman's - better choice still to only use the woman's voice for Molly, and let the other women be read by the man. The effect, I think, is a wonderful one in the context of the novel, where Molly is such an important voice, apart from Gerty and the other women of Dublin. I have no idea if this is a good introduction to Ulysses, but for someone who'd like to hear Joyce's words - and they must be heard - this is a fantastic option. The interstitial music is a nice context given how much music plays into the novel, and I was transfixed by the performance of Love's Old Sweet Song, and would love to listen to it on its own, pregnant as it is with meaning from Joyce's work, where it's the gift of a son to his dying mother, and a mother to her dead son.

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    SKJ 01-17-17
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    "Brilliant Narration"

    Brilliant narration by Jim Norton, finally making sense of the dense text. The characters come alive with Norton's variety of voices and spoken rhythm.

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    Claudia Davidoff 09-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant"

    Reading of this difficult brilliant book is brilliantly performed. Making thoughts, characters, fragments and songs come alive is no easy task, but it has been, let me say, brilliantly executed.

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    Daryl D. 09-06-16
    Daryl D. 09-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Buy a hobo booze.... and get the same ramblings"
    What would have made Ulysses better?

    To set the mood..... downtown San Diego, CA, circa 1993, fresh out of boot camp and I explore the area. There are no bums in my hometown of 212 people, and yet years later, this book brings the ramblings of the homeless back to MN. Why this is a classic, is beyond me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Joyce again?

    No, I am not impressed


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

    NO, but anyone who can make heads or tales of this book is very talented


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


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    L. Camp547 Fairfax, va 06-10-16
    L. Camp547 Fairfax, va 06-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Took me years"

    I quit the book multiple times because I just couldn't make heads or tails of it. I finally just forced myself to press through. I never did really figure out any underlying meaning but there were certainly masterful passages throughout.

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    kpazdetodo Ohio, USA 05-26-16
    kpazdetodo Ohio, USA 05-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic reading of Ulysses"

    What an excellent reading of Joyce's classic text. The variety and accuracy of Dublin accents is none other than brilliant; the final monologue by Molly simply stunning.

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    K Martin 04-28-16
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    "Fantastic performance"

    I loved listening to this book. I have read it once on the page, studied it. Listening was just brilliant. It feels like how the work ought to be experienced. And I do lot know how the reader/performer pulled off such a demanding performance. A feat! A great artist himself.

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    Trevor Price 04-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Difficult read but ..."

    I do immersive reading, listening to the book and reading the text at the same time. This is a great audio edition but Ulysses is one of the most difficult reads. I suggest using the Gabler edition of the book along with The New Bloomsday Book for a great synopsis so things are much clearer than if did not have it. Then if you are serious you should also have Ulysses Annotated, an entire book of annotations unto itself. Three books and the audio book: with time and perseverance you are set! Trevor

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    David_in_Tennessee Kingsport, TN USA 11-28-15
    David_in_Tennessee Kingsport, TN USA 11-28-15 Member Since 2013

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    "More than one day"

    Reviewer's often refer to this as a classic about a single day in the life of Leopold Bloom and his wife, Molly in and around Dublin. How boring does that sound, and what injustice does it do to this brilliantly subversive novel? It could not understate anything more.

    Joyce is a master of pastiche and co-opts multiple styles in this at times wickedly funny and often profound and unsettling masterpiece. This was a bucket list read for me. I thought it would be a chore, but it was amazingly funny. At times, Nietzsche and Freud meet the Marx brothers. At others, the puffed up style of academia catalogs a dissected life. In places it is vulgar and bawdy; while in others poetically beautiful. It mirrors us: complex and complicated, dirty and selfish, neurotic and needy, striving for understanding and acceptance while trapped by prejudice and the prevailing mores of the 19th century and driven to define the meaning of being alive.

    The performance of the readers was extraordinary. Jim Norton's mastery of all the nuances, rhythms and emotions of the characters in all types of situations was nothing less than brilliant.

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