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  • Ulysses | James Joyce

    Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
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    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.

    Peter Deane says: "Ulysses (Unabridged)"
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man | James Joyce

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Michael Orenstein
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    The intellectual and religio-philosophical awakening of young Stephen Dedalus as he begins to question and rebel against the Catholic and Irish conventions with which he has been raised. He finally leaves for abroad to pursue his ambitions as an artist. The work is an early example of some of Joyce's modernist techniques that would later be represented in a more developed manner by Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. The novel, which has had a "huge influence on novelists across the world", was ranked by Modern Library as the third greatest English-language novel of the 20th century.

    Karen L. says: "I love the beginning with the little boy."
  • Dubliners (Harper Audio Edition) | James Joyce

    Dubliners (Harper Audio Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt, Patrick McCabe
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    James Joyce revolutionized twentieth-century writing with his "stream of consciousness" technique. While ingeniously innovative and experimental, he was also a keenly precise chronicler of the people, places, and sounds of his native Dublin. In Dubliners, a cast of 15 internationally famous stage and screen actors perform stories that make up a brilliant journey over a human landscape that captures the bleakest of despair to the most blinding of epiphanies.

    Deirdre says: "Great Stories, Poor Performance"
  • Ulysses | James Joyce

    Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Tadhg Hynes, Kayleigh Payne
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    Tadhg Hynes, a Dubliner, narrates James Joyce's revolutionary masterpiece. Hynes says, "Don't be put off by its reputation. You don't need a university degree (though some like to think that you do!). It's a book for everyone, and as you become familiar with the way Joyce writes, this becomes obvious. I've tried to bring out the Dublin wit and the unique language of its people, and I hope that this adds to the enjoyment of this great book."

  • Ulysses | James Joyce

    Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Donal Donnelly
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    The first authorized, unabridged release of this timeless classic and exclusively available from Recorded Books. Ulysses records the events of a single day, June 16, 1904, in Dublin, Ireland.

    Amazon Customer says: "Masterful performance. Forty hours of poetry."
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man | James Joyce

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Gerry O'Brien
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    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is the first novel of Irish writer James Joyce. A Künstlerroman in a modernist style, it traces the intellectual and religious philosophical awakening of young Stephen Dedalus, a fictional alter ego of Joyce and an allusion to Daedalus, the consummate craftsman of Greek mythology. Stephen questions and rebels against the Catholic and Irish conventions under which he has grown up, culminating in his self-exile from Ireland to Europe.

    Tad Davis says: "Wonderful"
  • Dubliners | James Joyce

    Dubliners

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Donal Donnelly
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    These vivid portraits of the author's native city weave a tapestry of Dublin and its people, yet also poignantly mourn the decline of Irish culture and civilization. Published in 1914, the collection was decried by some as obscene, but Joyce saw the work as "a chapter in the moral history" of Ireland. The stories present a vision of Dublin's claustrophobia and psychological paralysis, but the work's heaviness is balanced by an eccentric assortment of characters and the author's dry, often unexpected humor.

    Tim says: "great book, dull performance"
  • Ulysses | James Joyce

    Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    Joyce’s experimental masterpiece set a new standard for modernist fiction, pushing the English language past all previous thresholds in its quest to capture a day in the life of an Everyman in turn-of-the-century Dublin. Obliquely borrowing characters and situations from Homer’s Odyssey, Joyce takes us on an internal odyssey along the current of thoughts, impressions, and experiences that make up the adventure of living an average day.

    Josh says: "A forceful narration but a long haul"
  • Dubliners | James Joyce

    Dubliners

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
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    This collection of 15 stories was first published in 1914. James wrote them as descriptions of middle class life in Ireland but in each story one or more characters has an "epiphany," - a moment where the character has a speical moment of illumination. Many of the characters in these stories later appear in his novel, Ulysses.

    Edward says: "Wonderful"
  • The Dead | James Joyce

    The Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 25 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Michael Orenstein
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    Often cited as the best work of short fiction ever written, Joyce's elegant story details a New Year's Eve gathering in Dublin that is so evocative and beautiful that it prompts the protagonist's wife to make a shocking revelation to her husband - closing the story with an emotionally powerful epiphany that is unsurpassed in modern literature."The Dead" is the final short story in Joyce's 1914 collection Dubliners. It is the longest story in the collection and widely considered to be one of the greatest short stories in the English language.

    Robert E. Osborne says: "It's Joyce well read…"
  • Finnegans Wake | James Joyce

    Finnegans Wake

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Cyril Cusack, Siobhan McKenna
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    Cyril Cusack and Siobhan McKenna read from James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. This idiosyncratic novel is full of multilingual puns and portmanteau words, intended to recreate the experience of sleep and dreams.

    Michael Bubb says: "riverrun"
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man | James Joyce

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
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    This fictionalized portrait of Joyce's youth is one of the most vivid accounts of the growth from childhood to adulthood. Dublin at the turn of the century provides the backdrop as Stephen Dedalus moves from town and society, towards the irrevocable decision to leave. It was the decision made by Joyce himself which resulted in the mature novels of Ulysses and Finnegans Wake.

    J. says: "Excellent audio book"
  • The Founding Fathers | Arthur M. Schlesinger (Editor),James McGregor Burns,Susan Dunn,John Patrick Diggins,Joyce Appleby,Gary Wills

    The Founding Fathers

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Arthur M. Schlesinger (Editor), James McGregor Burns, Susan Dunn, and others
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    The Founding Fathers series, edited by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., examines the presidencies of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison.

    Hal VT says: "A well presented short series"
  • Great Classic Stories II | Edgar Allan Poe,James Joyce,Mark Twain,Kate Chopin,Virginia Woolf,Aldous Huxley,F. Scott Fitzgerald,Oscar Wilde

    Great Classic Stories II

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe, James Joyce, Mark Twain, and others
    • Narrated By Simon Vance, Kate Fenton, Stephen R. Thorne, and others
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    This wonderful collection of 18 short stories includes work by some of literature's most treasured names, including Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Oscar Wilde, and many more. This superlative treasury includes "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe; "A Piece of String" by Guy Le Maupassant; "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin; "The Mark on the Wall" by Virginia Woolf; "Nuns at Lunch" by Aldous Huxley, and many more!

    Die Falknerin says: "Another great selection of stories"
  • Dubliners | James Joyce

    Dubliners

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Tadhg Hynes
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    James Joyces classic collection of short stories about life in Dublin in the early 20th century.

    Ollie says: "Not to be missed!!!!"
  • A Painful Case | James Joyce

    A Painful Case

    • UNABRIDGED (23 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
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    This is a story from the Dubliners, Volume 2 collection.

  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man | James Joyce

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    Perhaps James Joyce's most personal work, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man depicts the intellectual awakening of one of literature's most memorable young heroes, Stephen Dedalus. Through a series of brilliant epiphanies that parallel the development of his own aesthetic consciousness, Joyce evokes Stephen's youth.

    Tad Davis says: "Good, but a little rushed"
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man | James Joyce

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    In this largely autobiographical coming-of-age story, James Joyce describes the awakening young mind of a middle-class Irish Catholic boy named Stephen Dedalus. The story follows Stephen’s development from his early troubled boyhood through an adolescent crisis of faith—partially inspired by the famous “hellfire sermon” preached by Father Arnall, and partly by the guilt of his own precocious sexual adventures—to his discovery of his ultimate destiny as a poet.

    says: "Tough one to absorb in audio form"
  • Dubliners (Naxos Edition) | James Joyce

    Dubliners (Naxos Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
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    James Joyce's Dubliners is a collection of short stories about the lives of the people of Dublin around the turn of the century. Each story describes a small but significant moment of crisis or revelation in the life of a particular Dubliner, sympathetically but always with stark honesty. Many of the characters are desperate to escape the confines of their humdrum lives, though those that have the opportunity to do so seem unable to take it.

    Robert says: "An approachable Joyce"
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man | James Joyce

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Tadhg Hynes
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    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is Joyce's semi-autobiographical first novel. It traces the early life of Stephen Dedalus and his inner struggle with the oppression of Irish society and the Catholic Church, ending with his awakening as a poet and writer and self-imposed exile from Ireland.

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