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Publisher's Summary

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.
As his characters stroll, eat, ruminate, and argue through the streets of Dublin, Joyce’s stream-of-consciousness narrative artfully weaves events, emotions, and memories in a free flow of imagery and associations.
Full of literary references, parody, and uncensored vulgarity, Ulysses has been considered controversial and challenging, but always brilliant and rewarding.
Public Domain (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“Comes nearer to being the perfect revelation of a personality than any book in existence." ( New York Times)
"To my mind one of the most significant and beautiful books of our time." (Gilbert Seldes, The Nation)
“Joyce soars to such rhapsodies of beauty as have probably never been equaled in English prose fiction." (Edmund Wilson, The New Republic)
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5 out of 5 stars
By sleiii on 05-27-11

Pure Joyce

The reading is magnificent. Through the crowded pages and episodes of literally hundreds of characters, the narrator, John Lee, manages to catch in all their tones, quirks, and color the distinct voices of each. His inflection, pitch, and cadence is clear and deadly accurate. Not only are the rolling rhythms of Joyce's prose maintained with uncanny naturalness--thoughts are recognizable as such (not merely rendered as captioned overlays) and the tones, timbres, moods, and motives of the enormous flood of speech are rendered in as richly and varied accents as they would if one were walking the streets of Dublin.

From heavy Latinate meditations to the onomatopoeic replication of linotype machines in the newspaper office and the raucous imitation of a gramophone recording of a deceased grandfather, Lee's renderings are palpably believable as both the realities they represent and, more importantly, as empathetic interpretations of the individual hearts and minds they issue from.

I was first a bit wary of the lower cost and ratings of this version compared with the nearly tripled price of the most reviewed recording (who knows what they were thinking), but after listening to the provided sample of its long stretches of rushed and flattened monotone and hokey interpolated music recordings, I moved on to find this gem. It does what Joyce's greatest gift does--bring the full panorama of humanity to life purely through language.

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5 out of 5 stars
By R. Kravitz on 03-03-14

Marathon Man

Would you listen to Ulysses again? Why?

This is a once in a lifetime experience -- I would never be able to sit down and read the book, but hearing the voices, those Irish voices, internal and external, as the history of the world filters through the events and consciousness of a single day in Dublin, expands the sense of what is possible in language. Younger and older language artists, Daedalus and Bloom, survive debauchery and humiliation, contemplating, absorbing, reacting to the death of a mother, the infidelity of a wife, the centrifugal and centripetal forces from home. Obscurity and arcaneness to a modern reader melt away in the wash and ocean of mesmerizing sound and language.

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

I heard John Lee read Orhan Pahmuk's Snow and couldn't place his exotic sounding accent which seemed perfect for that book. But to hear him read Ulysses is to know that this is what he was born to do, that Irish voice, that Irish soul.

Any additional comments?

This is a mammoth undertaking.

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5 out of 5 stars
By John on 08-31-10

Excellent Rendition of Joyce's Masterpiece

John Lee has done an excellent job in reading this great book.

There were a few minor errors in the pronounciation of placenames (e.g Killiny pron as 'Kill-in-ey' instead of ''Kill-ine-ey') but they would only be obvious to an Irish person and in no way does it detract from the enjoyment of John's very fine narration.

This audio-book is ideal for the 'Ulysses' novice (but be sure to read some of the many guides to the novel also - you don't set out to climb Mount Everest without doing some homework) as well as for those of us who already love it. It is a marvelous, witty, life-enhancing, enjoyable work and this comes through in this excellent audio version.


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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael Cowley on 02-08-12

Brilliantly Narrated

I have just finished this epic novel by James Joyce and whilst it was a marathon, I have achieved another goal in my must read (or listen to) list of great books. I don't pretend to understand all of this complex work (in fact I would say 50% of it was most incomprehensible to me) but what I did understand I enjoyed immensely. John Lee is a magnificent narrator and the book is read in a most ear pleasing manner. My only criticism is that being born in Dublin myself, I noticed a lot of incorrect pronunciations of both Street and Place names but this was only a minor irk. For all those people who have always wanted to read Ulysses, this is the way to do it.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Phil McKenzie on 01-28-17

Extremely disappointed

My expectations were high for this book based on several online literary reviews, but the narration is extremely hard to follow and the character voices employed are indistinguishable from each other. The end result has been that you simply cannot figure out what the story is about!

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