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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (43,245 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Joyce Narrator: Jim Norton Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2000 ISBN:
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In the second half of Joyce's collection of stories about the citizens of Dublin at the turn of the century, the young author deals with themes of adulthood - of loss, parenthood, politics, religion, and - as in the earlier stories - of disappointment. Rich in humor and musical allusion, they contain (in A Painful Case, for example, and The Dead), some of Joyce's most powerful and moving prose. Holding none of the difficulties of Joyce's most powerful and moving prose. Holding none of the difficulties of Joyce's later novels, such as Ulysses, Dubliners is, in its way, just as radical. These stories introduce us to the city which fed Joyce's entire creative output, and to many of the characters who made it such a well of literary inspiration. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brett | 2/12/2014

    " What a marvellous collection! I can understand why it took Joyce such a long time to complete these 13 short stories - their is hardly a word out of place. Of "The Dead" is rightly famous, but there are several other of the stories (in fact, most) which are miniature masterpieces. I laughed out loud at the humour in "A Mother" - every musician should read this story - and was not a little disturbed by the gentleman in "An Encounter". While I may not have the fortitude to attempt Ulysses or Finnegans Wake, I would wholeheartedly recommend this collection to anyone looking for a taste of James Joyce. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philippe Mckay | 2/11/2014

    " the sort i liked the best was "eveline." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whoof | 1/12/2014

    " The Dead is SO good "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claudia | 12/24/2013

    " "Dubliners" was a required read for my AP English class, and I can safely say I would not read it had it not been required. While James Joyce is a competent writer and many of the stories in Dubliners are considered classics and great pieces of literature, his style is so redundant it's aggravating. Upon reading Dubliners, I felt that every story was the same and that a slightly altered version of the same message came out of each one. I understand that Joyce's focus was meant to be on the disillusionment of society and the letdowns of maturing, but by the end, the reader is in one of those "okay-I-get-it" moods which prohibits enjoyment. I would have appreciated Joyce's literature more had it offered more variety. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Davis | 12/21/2013

    " An excellent collection of short stories brings Dublin to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwen | 12/6/2013

    " It's snapshots of Dublin life, told by progressively older narrators, and it's lovely but mostly sad and totally brilliant. Accessible too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 11/27/2013

    " In some of these stories nothing much happens, at least not on the surface. However, the characters are interesting to get to know, and the relationships between them often provide an insight into our own lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Davenport | 11/6/2013

    " The Dead is a stunning work, I'm just not convinced like most professors that it is the best short story ever written. Lovely short story collection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 N. M. Scuri | 10/19/2013

    " I first read this collection of short stories as an undergraduate, and it only gets better with time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 8/1/2013

    " James Joyce loses me. I find his writing boring and hard to stick with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne Oliver | 7/18/2013

    " between 3 and 4 for me... of course the writing is excellent, but I am personally not a short story fan. He can, however, get me involved which is not an easy task for me in a that format. A few of the stories were wonderful, especially once I realized they do not tie together, in a novel form! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patrick | 2/9/2013

    " What's the fuss over James Joyce? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 11/22/2012

    " The Dead is an amazing story. These are the uber-New Yorker stories (epiphanic--is that a word?) but make you realize just how tedious most NYer stories can be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon Goldsmith | 10/24/2012

    " I was so intrigued by this compilation that I'm using it for my thesis. Definitely recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 10/18/2012

    " Just read it again. Still love it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hom Sack | 9/25/2012

    " Good narratives but the stories are not all that interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayshree Dutta | 9/24/2012

    " As ever. Joyce-ian! Missile in each word. Loved it. Araby and Eveline and The Boarding house were my favorite stories from it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiddonne | 9/8/2012

    " This is a collection of stories that I've been meaning to read for some time, now, and it finally happened. Having read Ulysses beforehand, it was not overwhelming but pleasant, in a recollecting sort of manner. Nice train riddance times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zack Dryer | 1/17/2012

    " It was good but hardly deserves the rating on the Modern Library's top 100 list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 12/31/2011

    " incredible short stories. joyce is a master storyteller. "araby" "the boarding house" "a painful case" and of course "the dead." wonderful form. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel Noventa | 10/27/2011

    " It's a lot of short stories. The writing style is very awkward, but I guess its praise worthy for some people. I like things to have a certain flow, this was very choppy and dull. If you like a lot of description instead of letting your mind fill the gap, then you'll love this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 10/10/2011

    " So very dull with a few shining moments. I was almost bored to tears. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deepti | 5/13/2011

    " Joyce's simple stories keep one gripped. Wonderful collection and a great introduction to Joyce. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ori | 5/13/2011

    " Reading this was like reading something that I could have understood if I had been alive in or just after while Joyce was alive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 patrycja | 5/12/2011

    " This is collection of short stories, which I've found more tolerable to read than other Joyce works. Still, all places, emotions and names of the characters are repetitive. Not to mention how sad, unhappy and frustrated are all people in those stories. It's rather depressing. Good for one read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ridhwan | 5/12/2011

    " Kisah-kisah 'dear dirty Dublin' yang santai dan tenang. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Willeke | 5/12/2011

    " Needless to say, I am very biased when it comes to books set in Ireland, and in particular in Dublin... but Joyce is Joyce and a brilliant author who deserves to be in the top 3 of Ireland's best authors ever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adil | 5/8/2011

    " These short stories are off the hook! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordan | 5/6/2011

    " Great collection of stories, all of them were good--Eveline and The Dead were absolutely amazing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 4/30/2011

    " Joyce's writing is so good, but this honestly could have been about five stories less. I look forward to reading his novels in the near future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 4/29/2011

    " the ways in which both the social interactions of daily life are portrayed as well as the human psyche of the participants were both excellent and original. The stories themselves were sometimes a bit dry for my taste, but the imagery was brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 samuel | 4/23/2011

    " nice short stories about dubliners. as you might guess. like the public house scenes, and the lack of reliance on plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gretchen | 4/21/2011

    " The Dead, The Sisters and Araby are great! The rest are so-so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 4/18/2011

    " Although there are no plots to speak of, the characters are clearly described. Joyce is able to transport you to that time and place through dialogue and description.

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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.