Ulysses

  • by James Joyce
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • 30 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

“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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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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- John

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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- Michael Cowley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-05-2010
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.