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Publisher's Summary

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.
©1984 Trustees of the Estate of James Joyce (P)1995 Recorded Books
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By Amazon Customer on 02-25-16

Masterful performance. Forty hours of poetry.

I tried (and failed) several times to comprehend what was touted as perhaps the finest novel in the English language. I had given up until I heard, rather than tried to read Ulysses. Now I understand: the epic courage it takes to survive the death of a child (Bloom's and Molly's son Rudy) played out iin a single Dublin day. Beyond moving.. Everyone who has given up on Ulysses deserves a chance to get it. Thanks to the Joyce family, the narrator and Recorded Books.

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By GUY on 03-01-14

Outstanding reading of Ulysses by James Joyce

If you could sum up Ulysses in three words, what would they be?

Deepens the experience

What other book might you compare Ulysses to and why?

Homer's Odyssey -- it has as intricate plot and more - of course Joyce based his novel on the Odyssey - I also enjoyed the Odyssey as an outstanding Audiobook

What about Donal Donnelly’s performance did you like?

Donal Donnelly understands the book and conveys its meaning magnificently

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No - stretch it out - and let it sink in

Any additional comments?

I have wanted to enjoy Ulysses for over 40 years -- this Audiobook has at last made it possible -- reading the Audiobook with the text in front of me enriches the experience further -- it is one of the profounder experiences of life and that is a fact -- thanks for bringing it to me!

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20 of 22 people found this review helpful

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By markj on 12-05-14

Amazing - get this version!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It took me a while to decide which recording to opt for, but this is the one. It is astounding.

What about Donal Donnelly’s performance did you like?

Donal Donnelly's performance is fantastic. He was chosen to do it by Joyce's estate, and he's great.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful


By Anthony on 01-21-16

Long overdue read... beautiful language

A book I long longed to read but which I had previously abandoned on more than one occasion. Not this time.

Having it beautifully read and listened to made it much more of a pleasure; accompanying it with a Kindle to see the text and its layout, added further value. I also listened to the Great Courses series of lectures on Joyce's Ulysses (further insights and depth into Joyce and the allusions and parallels with Homer's Odyssey and original Ulysses); this further enriched the experience of reading, listening and thinking about the book.

If you've wondered about Ulysses and its famed free associations, descriptions of everyday life and sex, humour and onomatopoeia... just get it and start listening.

This is an in-depth analysis of the experiences and lives of three people (Leopold Bloom, Stephen Dedalus and Molly Bloom) over an 18 hour period. We learn about their struggles and interactions in the context of anti-semitism in Dublin Ireland at the turn of the 19/20th Century. It is described in great depth, breadth and more than a little mirth.

Joyce's sense of humour shines through; it may not be easy going but it is always interesting and entertaining and often hilarious...

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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