Finnegans Wake

  • by James Joyce
  • Narrated by Jim Norton, Marcella Riordan
  • 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Finnegans Wake, the greatest avant-garde novel of all time, was first published 70 years ago - and people are still trying to work out what it is about. There is Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker - aka HCE (Here Comes Everyone) - and Anna Livia Plurabelle, but also Finnegan the hod carrier (or was he a giant?), whose wake is the subject of the book. This is a masterly reading of the abridged version, with copious notes aiding comprehension.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.


What the Critics Say

"Listening to Jim Norton and Marcella Riordan is a lot easier than trying to read the book." ( The Guardian)


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Customer Reviews

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I've been a long time James Joyce fan but always felt too intimidated to attempt 'The Wake'. When I saw the audio version on Audible I decided to listen and decide whether I wanted to attempt the full book. And I do! The well acted reading is illuminating and I was able to enjoy the rhythms and musicality of the words as I believe Joyce intended. I would recommend this audio book to any one who lives poetry or James Joyce. My only criticism of the recording would be the 'sign off' at the end, this makes it difficult to skip back to the beginning straight after listening and preserve the circular nature of the novel. Well worth a listen though!
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- caz

Joyce's Mad Masterpiece brought to life

Where does Finnegans Wake rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the top five.

What did you like best about this story?

The way the reading helped to bring the many levels of sense to the surface through sound.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The Anna Livia Pluribella scene

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the final part when the river joins the sea and the cycle begins all over again.

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- Catherine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-09-2011
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks