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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (43,216 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Joyce Narrator: Frank McCourt, Patrick McCabe Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2000 ISBN:
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James Joyce revolutionized twentieth-century writing with his stream of consciousness technique. While ingeniously innovative and experimental, he was also a keenly precise chronicler of the people, places, and sounds of his native Dublin. In Dubliners, a cast of 15 internationally famous stage and screen actors perform stories that make up a brilliant journey over a human landscape that captures the bleakest of despair to the most blinding of epiphanies. First published in 1914, the stories are as cogent and accessible as they are memorably touching. Both the spiritually deadening atmosphere that drove Joyce from his homeland and the irresistible emotional pull it kept on him to the end of his days become heartbreakingly beautiful. Each time you listen, the stories will become resonantly deeper. 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 Elizabeth Madden | 2/17/2014

    " Wonderful short stories about paralysis and colonial/patriarchal oppression in early 20th century Dublin! This book is packed with riches, but in order to fully appreciate them, I think it is helpful to read some background material, particularly Joyce's letters, and to have some knowledge of the historical period and cultural background, in order to fully comprehend the themes which the author was exploring, and which he continued to explore in other works- "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" and "Ulysses".The realist style of these short stories makes them, I think, more generally accessible to many readers,as they are less stylistically complex and multi layered layered than "Ulysses", whilst still having plenty of depth for the avid student to immerse himself in, as the huge amount of excellent, scholarly writing about them clearly demonstrates. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 2/2/2014

    " Though the language and the colloquialisms may be a bit dated, Joyce captures the resilient Irish soul in a collection of loosely connected short stories. From the prototypical short-story Araby to the "how-to" of parallel storytelling in The Dead, Joyce keeps it lively with fresh characters, scenes, and glimpses of page turning, turn of the century living. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 1/29/2014

    " All the familiar names, faces and types from Joyce's Dublin, visited again and again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vasilis | 1/23/2014

    " In general, I did not like the short stories contained in the book. They are too sketchy and indifferent. However, the final short story, "The Dead", is of outstanding quality. I would urge anybody to read it. It is simple and yet profound. Life meets death and happiness meets sadness in this sublime work of genius. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amina | 1/22/2014

    " The first story in the collection I read was "Araby" as it was part of our british literary course at college, it first seemed to be banal and senseless but when I read its literary analysis, I realized that it was so revealing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 1/20/2014

    " "The Dead" was an amazing story, truly remarkable. The rest were alright, some better than others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessie | 12/15/2013

    " This is the most perfect collection of short stories, and each story is in itself perfect. Joyce was a master of every aspect of story writing. These stories are timeless and universal despite all taking place more than a half century ago in Dublin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paulina Piña | 12/1/2013

    " A masterpiece, Modernism at its best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celeste | 11/24/2013

    " Five (million) stars for "The Dead," and three stars for most of the other stories in this bleak and beautiful collection. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amelia May | 11/21/2013

    " This is probably the most boring book I've ever tried to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Velvetink | 11/21/2013

    " found today 8/2/2013 1 of 20 books for $10 also have ebook version "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie O'Maley | 10/29/2013

    " I dare you to find a better collection of short stories. Seriously, I dare you! "

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

    " Wow! Sharply observed and beautifully written, the local becomes universal in these fifteen stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 4/11/2013

    " "The Dead" oh my goodness gorgeous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heller | 12/22/2012

    " I love Joyce--I don't know why. I love Dubliners--it has so many layers that I see something new every time I read it. It spoke to me but I can't really express why. I guess those facing epiphanies intrigue me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sienna | 9/27/2012

    " I rarely do this, but I admit that I did not read all of this book because I was so bored by the stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Asha | 9/18/2012

    " A different read than it was in high school (in part because I read all the stories this time). Particular favorites - A Little Cloud, A Mother, Clay, The Boarding House, and of course, The Dead! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janea | 9/10/2012

    " LOVE James Joyce. Favorite stories are the 1st three ("The Sisters," "An Encounter," "Araby") and of course "The Dead." Offers a slice of life in post-colonial Ireland ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelsey | 7/13/2012

    " My favorite of Joyce's prose. Gets pretty dense at times, but each story is short enough that the collection can be read in pieces. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frankie | 1/14/2012

    " Definitely his milieu - you can actually appreciate his artifices in the shorter format "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sep | 1/2/2012

    " I don't like Joyce's writing style. To me, it's boring and it puts me to sleep. I had to read this book for class, and the only story I enjoyed in the book was the last story-- The Dead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 11/30/2011

    " My favorite story is "Araby" which I really relate to. "

  • 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.