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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.

(P)2004 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

Critic Reviews

  • 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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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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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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A masterwork.

Worth listening to it all. Even when it is hard to follow. Just listen to the music of the words.

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  • Oakleigh South, Australia
  • 10-01-15

Its good but it needs to be right for you.

What made the experience of listening to Ulysses the most enjoyable?

The last few chapters about the lady wonderful!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The lady at the end.

What does Jim Norton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is perfect in his readings.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Not sure.

Any additional comments?

No

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  • Keenan
  • Anchorage Alaska
  • 07-29-15

James Joyce was the master of internal monologue

What did you like best about Ulysses? What did you like least?

The internal monologue was masterful.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Edited it.

Which scene was your favorite?

It's one long scene, how can you tell.

Could you see Ulysses being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Lord no.

Any additional comments?

Did he get paid by the word?

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Brilliant Reading

Taking on the book visually can be a challenge. Voice artists clarify. It's awesome.

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Not for me

Would you try another book from James Joyce and/or Jim Norton?

Not sure. Jim Norton was great but I just couldn't get through this.

Any additional comments?

I really tried with this book - twice. I found it tedious to listen to as there is really no "plot" just rambling thoughts and everyday actions. I'm sure it was all leading somewhere but I have no idea where and worse ... I didn't care. I've listened to several hundred books - Ive been an audible member for a long time and this was the first book I didn't finish. Maybe I'll try again another time and the third time will be a charm. I gave it three stars because I know it's a classic and seemed unfair to rate lower without finishing.

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Amazing, but somewhat difficult to follow at times.

Amazing grasp of the English language. Definitely not an easy work to read, but worth it.

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Magnificently written by Joyce, magnificently read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The one essential book of the twentieth century read by one of the best Irish stage actors.

What other book might you compare Ulysses to and why?

The Bible because Joyce's Ulysses sets a standard for prose and poetry in the 20th and 21st century and in Bloom, an Irish Jew, it is the story of every man. No book is so thick with concrete sensuous prose, no book is so rich in diverse writing styles.

Which character – as performed by Jim Norton – was your favorite?

Buck Mulligan because every college English major has had the pleasure of a Buck Mulligan type on tap with a fine head of booze.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A day like no other so filled with the sensuous delight of intimate immediacy.

Any additional comments?

A heartfelt humorous exposure of humankind.

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A great performance of a overrated work

The narrator does an amazing job of bringing to life a work of mad genius. However I did not care for the "book" as a whole. It was broken, fragmented, and in general an exercise in what can be, not what should be. The first story arc as well as the last chapter were the redeeming qualities of this work of fiction, that was otherwise nearly intolerable.