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"Being a Dubliner and having the privilege of walking the pages of this book daily, it became a world that absorbed me totally. Almost everywhere I went in Dublin, Joyce was there. I kept coming across phrases from the book in real life. I was born in Holles St. Hospital some 60 years after the Oxen of the Sun episode was set there. While the city has moved with the times, it's still unavoidable to get the sense of Joyce's Dublin even now.
"Some parts of the book are more difficult than others, but I found that every word had its place, and with a bit of effort and research it came to life. 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.
"I would like to add a special note of thanks and admiration to the wonderful reading of Molly Bloom's soliloquy, given by Kayleigh Payne. Famed for its lack of punctuation and rambling nature, this iconic piece of writing is beautifully interpreted and sensitively portrayed. Kayleigh's work has brought a new dimension to the recording, and I am eternally grateful."
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By Stephen on 03-02-18
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What a book, no wonder it has people talking about it still! It covers every aspect of what it is to be human from the minutiae to the monumental. Joyce is brutally honest in his writing and tackles life, death, love, loss, betrayal etc. in a very frank and self sacrificing manner.
I found it at first to be quite difficult to work out but with the help of a good guide book I began to get into the fabric of it. I've listened several times now and each time get something new out of it. There's humor sprinkled liberally throughout which I really didn't expect.
All in all I found it to be a book that is like no other and one that I will return to again and again (particularly episode 16 which I found remarkable)
Thank you to both readers for a wonderful performance.
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By RealityBuff on 06-09-18
A difficult classic read the way it was meant to sound
I put off reading this book for about 30 years because I am a slow reader. Having an audio version made all the difference. I picked this version because the main reader is from Dublin, unlike others who sounded English. The readers are wonderful and made this book much easier to get through.
I strongly recommend reading some kind of summary (spark notes, etc.) before each ‘episode’ to clarify what is going on, since it is easy to get lost if your attention wanders for even a few seconds.
It is hard to describe the book itself, because it isn’t like anything else. It’s about the evolution of language and literature as much as anything. It culminates with an eight sentence stream of consciousness episode that considers our hero from a completely different perspective.