A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  • by James Joyce
  • Narrated by Michael Orenstein
  • 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Great Performance

The narrator brought the text to life with voice modulation and enthusiasm. The narrator makes reading along a pleasure.
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- oladipupo

I love the beginning with the little boy.

I first read this book forty years ago. Recently, I realized that all I remembered of it was "auntie's skirts." (They are at eye level for the little tot following around after the grownups.) Now after carefully listening to the audio a few weeks ago, I remember the little boy getting hurt and then quickly turning his attention to something to eat. I was reminded of Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales, so endearing in its cuteness.

But there isn't much interest for me in Steven Daedalus as a grown man. Is this Daedalus also a builder of a maze? The maze of ideas he attempts to find his way through is boring, especially since we know that the real artist rejected those ideas and the city where he encountered them and vowed never to return to the provincial city of Dublin. I think it is reasonable for the reader to skip over some of the religious ramblings, for we get it! And surely more creativity will follow!

As for the narration, I was willing to wade my way through the Irish brogue to experience the novel in a more authentic manner, but that may be masochistic.
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- Karen L.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-10-2013
  • Publisher: Trout Lake Media