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This Penguin Classic is performed by Patrick Gibson, known for his roles in The OA, The Tudors and The Passing Bells. This definitive recording includes an introduction by Declan Kiberd 

Following the events of one single day in Dublin, the 16th June 1904, and what happens to the characters Stephen Dedalus, Leopold Bloom and his wife Molly, Ulysses, is a monument to the human condition. It has survived censorship, controversy and legal action, and even been deemed blasphemous, but remains an undisputed modernist classic: ceaselessly inventive, garrulous, funny, sorrowful, vulgar, lyrical and ultimately redemptive. It confirms Joyce's belief that literature 'is the eternal affirmation of the spirit of man'.

Public Domain (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Everybody knows now that Ulysses is the greatest novel of the century." (Anthony Burgess, Observer)

"The most important expression which the present age has found; it is a book to which we are all indebted, and from which none of us can escape." (T. S. Eliot)  

"Intoxicating...a towering work, in its word play surpassing even Shakespeare." (Guardian)

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  • 09-30-20

Brilliantly read

I think if you're going to hack your way through 'Ullysses' this wonderful reading by Patrick Gibson is the way to do it. I don't think I would have reached the end of 'Ulysses' if I had to read it in print.

If you really want to appreciate the significance of this classic you should also read 'The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce’s Ulysses' by Kevin Birmingham

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  • 05-10-20

Utter drivel

I had to give up during chapter 4, simply couldn’t take it any longer. The wording is beautiful however there is absolutely no story whatsoever. Unrelated ramblings would be the only way to describe it. Woeful!! I gave it two overall simply because the narrator was very good.

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  • Simon Rashleigh
  • 12-13-20

Perfect Voice for this Epic Work of Literature

Patrick Gibson does a suberb job helped by his strong, clear and natural Irish accent covering all of the voices in Ulysses including the female voices in this epic, yet difficult-to-read great work by James Joyce. This is a very difficult book to follow due to the way Joyce constructed it and it is also a difficult book to take in, even in its audio form, but Gibson's very believable portrayal of all of its characters made it more believable and helpful and transports us all back into the past very convincingly to that very colourful and busy single day (16th June 1904) in Dublin (in literature) that Joyce created.