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Marcella Riordan's reading of Molly Bloom’s stream of consciousness is seductive and beautiful. For me, it was a revelation and insight into the female mind. Considering James Joyce, a male, wrote this, it's beyond my comprehension how he so accurately presents a woman's point of view and attention to detail to the world around her.
I knew little of what Ulysses was about prior to buying the unabridged John Lee narration; this specific audiobook is a portion of the final episode of the novel, and deserves a female voice to really bring it to life. Riordan's voice has that beautiful Irish inflection and accent; it's like she's both whispering in your ear and voicelessly placing her thoughts in your mind.
The sexual explicitness of Molly Bloom's thoughts and observations were really stunning; what an insight into the female mind.
This is a perfect complement to the full audiobook novel which are read by various male narrators.
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I decided to give myself a year to tackle Ulysses properly and when I came to the last episode I bought this recording to help me.<br/>After listening to it a couple of times I still found it somewhat confusing so I read along with it.<br/>I found that a lot of the confusion was not with the writing but with the reading. To my annoyance, there are countless instances where the text was totally misinterpreted and misread. The reader clearly had no idea what certain parts of the book were about. I presume that the recording was proofed but whoever proofed it was also at fault.<br/>This is one of the most iconic pieces of writing of all time and its lack of punctuation and writing style test the reader throughout. This recording does nothing to help and in fact adds to the difficulty.<br/>I don’t recommend this recording and will continue reading from my paperback version.<br/>
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