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3.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 5 3.56 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Joyce Narrator: Jim Norton Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2003 ISBN:
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In A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Joyce describes the early life of Stephen Dedalus: significant memories from infancy, schooldays, family life, his first taste of sin, guilt, repentance - and his passage to freedom as he elects to leave Ireland forever. This is, in effect, an autobiography. Dedalus is Joyce; every person he encounters and every incident he experiences, is drawn from life. The writing, though, displays the colour and imagination of the very finest fiction, in language which cries out to be read aloud. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Iris | 2/15/2014

    " neat modernist writing techniques like the progression of thought-pace and vocab as stephen dedalus grows older, but overall not a fun read. clever for clever's sake. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Snufkin | 1/16/2014

    " Read after reading the much heavier Ulysses. It was recommended by a prof I highly respect, loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jan | 12/22/2013

    " Read during my formal education. Can't say that I liked it, but I know that it is considered a classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaclyn | 12/16/2013

    " Honestly, words cannot describe the love that I have for this novel. Just go read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claude | 12/15/2013

    " I must say I might have liked it better, had it not been on my reading list when I was in College... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/13/2013

    " This was the exact edition that we had in Mr. Jackson's AP English class. I still own it, over 21 years later. When I first read it at 16 or 17, I thought it was one of the oddest books I'd ever read (that is, until we got to Ulysses). I still prefer Ulysses, but it is very good as a prelude. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lance Mclain | 12/4/2013

    " This is a portrait, not a story. And painted masterfully. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 12/2/2013

    " Excellent story. I felt like I was cheating by reading the ebook. This is a book that must be read on paper. Now I shall read Ulysses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mr. Noc | 10/19/2013

    " Sets your mind to work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rose | 10/4/2013

    " Joyce is a master of description and although I liked the first half of the book it turned so morose that I struggled to get through the last half. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Dembowski | 9/20/2013

    " An amazing book that highlights British literature. Very difficult to tackle on your own- I covered this work in an AP English class, so instructor guidance was beneficial. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tajja I. | 7/24/2013

    " The only thing that knocked this down a star is that James Joyce is far too intelligent for me. A tough, tough book. Beautiful, and engaging in parts, but tough. This definitely demands a re-read ... sometime ... in several years, when I've gathered a bit more literary steam. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 3/5/2013

    " My favorite book of all time. It's so relatable and such a truthful, intimate account of Stephen's life. The language is overwhelmingly beautiful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joegoogol | 3/1/2013

    " I preferred Ulysses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 3/1/2013

    " Why hadn't I read this book before now? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kerri | 11/1/2012

    " there. is. no. plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Drew | 10/5/2012

    " I remember being really bored by this, though now after having read and really liked Ulysses, I'm thinking about revisiting it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martyna | 8/5/2012

    " I am not even sure why I liked it so much. Maybe it's about the language as usual, maybe about the characters, but it's definitely worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 1/24/2012

    " I started the book a year before trying it again. The first time I tried, I found Joyce's writing to be cumbersome. The second time around, I actually enjoyed it and found it a good description of Irish Catholic boyhood and the birth of critical and independent thought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hampus | 8/2/2011

    " Extremely well written and witty, some things were hard to understand since English is not my first language. A solid 5/5 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irina | 5/24/2011

    " I'm a big fan of "coming of age" stories, but this one just didn't work for me. Doesn't even come close to "Of Human Bondage," which I consider the epitome of this genre. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hudlie | 5/22/2011

    " The perspective and writing style made me gag, and the boner everyone seems to have for this book flies over my head. I jumped around sporadically and loosely use the term "read" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 5/21/2011

    " Joyce's best and truest work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liesa | 5/2/2011

    " I had expected much more and was bored by the many religious scenes, but still some passages caught my attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rozonda | 5/2/2011

    " A very good book on the contradictions, doubts and fears of Irish society in the early 20th century and the making of a young man and a young artist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 4/28/2011

    " In-class Senior Year HS AP English Literature "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 4/27/2011

    " Just read this again....I am not the most fervent lover of modern and postmodern literature, but I do love how this kunstleroman moves through language and discovery, delight and despair. Brilliant and chaotic minds....how can we resist! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/27/2011

    " Okay, so I haven't read enough Joyce to judge, but there's a lot of be said about the themes jam-packed into this tome. Religion, language, water and hot and cold, sex, father, fat - I love how each section adopts a different sort of tone, abbreviating the different stages in Stephen's growth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 patrycja | 4/27/2011

    " First it was ok and simple coming of age story. But soon it turned into too much philosophy bla bla bla. Not bad, but not too good either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 4/24/2011

    " My all time, hands down, favorite book. The classic coming of age tale of Stephen Dedalus in late 19th, early 20th century Dublin is the golden stadard of wordsmanship. A Portrait is challenging but rewarding with pleanty of depth but more accessible than some of Joyce's later works. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joseph | 4/20/2011

    " Doesn't really do anything for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 4/20/2011

    " Love the beginning, hate the ending. Stephen is a twat even if the writing is beautiful. "

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About the Author
Author James Joyce

James Joyce (1882–1941) was an Irish expatriate writer, widely considered to be one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. He is best known for his landmark novel Ulysses and its highly controversial successor Finnegans Wake, as well as the short-story collection Dubliners and the semi-autobiographical novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

About the Narrator

Jim Norton, one of Ireland’s leading actors, has worked regularly on Joycean topics—and particularly Ulysses—during his long career. Born and brought up in Dublin, he spent his early acting years in Irish radio and quickly moved on to film, television, and theater. Norton won a 2007 Olivier Award and a 2008 Tony Award for The Seafarer and has appeared in The Weir, for which he was nominated for a Tony; Finian’s Rainbow; Juno and the Paycock; Dublin Carol; and Port Authority, among many others acclaimed stage productions. Film appearances include Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Water for Elephants, Straw Dogs, Hidden Agenda, Driving Lessons, and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Norton has also recorded many audiobooks and the complete works of James Joyce for Naxos AudioBooks, which won a Sony Award.