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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (43,462 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Joyce Narrator: Jim Norton Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2005 ISBN:
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James Joyce's Dubliners is a collection of short stories about the lives of the people of Dublin around the turn of the century. Each story describes a small but significant moment of crisis or revelation in the life of a particular Dubliner, sympathetically but always with stark honesty. Many of the characters are desperate to escape the confines of their humdrum lives, though those that have the opportunity to do so seem unable to take it. This book holds none of the difficulties of Joyce's later novels, such as Ulysses, yet in its way it is 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 Mark | 2/1/2014

    " Excellent - thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin Deli | 1/23/2014

    " you'd like this if you're a dubliner. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 E-jana | 1/22/2014

    " I did not finish the book and I cannot remember whether I was reading it in Czech or in English. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan | 1/21/2014

    " I'm aware that I'm super liberal with my 5-star ratings, but this one is an incredible read. It's a collection of short stories, but I highly suggest reading in the order Joyce presented them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 1/14/2014

    " Dubliners is not a collection of happily-ever-after tales. None of the wide arrays of characters achieved their ideal fantasies or remotely reach success. Instead, the citizens are oppressed most of the time and they struggle through their lives routinely. At first, I thought Joyce's writing to be fairly simple and clean; third-person reports of people's everyday lives. Many stories deal with broad themes and universal motifs (paralysis, Dublin, repetition) which link them all together. As I read on, I noticed each preceding story corresponded to highlight the heightening complexity in the next chapter. There was this underlying dark tone to each chapter that just seemed to mock the characters about their elusive happiness. They kept getting bashed from beginning to end and no matter how they tried, they couldn't reach a greater life of meaning. Dubliners practically had every morose depressing element that I dislike to read; then why the hell do I like this book? I thought this book perverse when I read the chapter titled: An Encounter. I thought it mind-thwarting when the boy practically did nothing in 'Araby'. It was shocking and I felt outrageous after completing 'Counterparts'. Chapter 12 and 13 gave me a sense of pointlessness. And disturbingly, 'Clay' had me invested in Maria's next stage of life. Even to me, it makes no sense what I'm talking about and all I know is that James Joyce has serious talent. Maybe that's part of the reason he also has his own holiday named Bloomsday in Ireland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/14/2014

    " There's no way I could hope to add anything of interest concerning the text itself, but I highly recommend the Everyman's Library edition if at all possible -- intro is ridiculously extensive and a pretty good appreciation aide. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce Reiter | 1/11/2014

    " Very good read although the longer stories lagged. Some brilliant characterizations and beautiful language.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Husayn | 12/20/2013

    " "The Dead"-read this when you want to remember those that you have lost. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Billhotto | 12/11/2013

    " You don't have to be Irish to enjoy these stories,but it likely helps. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 11/15/2013

    " My favorite work of short stories in all of literature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Winkler | 10/19/2013

    " The most accessible Joyce in my opinion "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darcy Brignac | 6/3/2013

    " An all time favorite of mine. I revisit this collection annually. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 5/17/2013

    " A collection of tales including The Dead. Plainly Irish, plainly Joyce. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 11/12/2012

    " 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 Maximiliano | 6/21/2012

    " I know it may be a blasphemy to rate it with only three stars, but this is just the first time I read it, and thus have not yet got deeper into the beauty of each tale. I did like many of deep as to rate them with five, but right now, the overall impression was not completely effective meaning-wise. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 5/27/2012

    " I really enjoyed 'Mother', 'Grace', 'The Dead' and especially 'A Painful Case'. Each story was sad and beautifully worked, but I found several of them difficult to engage with. Dubliners leaves a feeling of a bleak and difficult world where sadness blankets everything. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lookout Farm | 1/14/2012

    " For a mix of five- and one- to two- star stories, I give it three. ARABY is one of the best short stories I've ever read, THE DEAD one of the worst. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenna | 1/6/2012

    " Very mixed feelings about this book as a whole. The Dead is one of the greatest short stories I've ever read, but most of the stories were underwhelming, even unlikeable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colin | 11/6/2011

    " Still as good as ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 10/22/2011

    " Need to re read was probably too young to appreciate it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ayam Abraxas | 9/20/2011

    " Highly enjoyable, turn of the century, Irish short stories, vulgar at the time, but exceedingly tame by today's standards. Dubliner's is much easier to read than Joyce's later works, but that takes some of the magic away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 9/7/2011

    " 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 Don Weidinger | 7/15/2011

    " fictional short stories of 1904, with Irish accents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 5/23/2011

    " It lived up to its reputation for being hard to read. It was extremely difficult to read and sometimes painful, but it was worth it. Joyce's novel is hundreds of levels above any other novel I've ever read. What he was able to do in this book was absolutely amazing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rubio | 5/23/2011

    " Un libro ideal para personas que sufren de insomnio crónico... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rick | 5/21/2011

    " Love Joyce's work, but Ulyssess...aargh! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rene | 5/6/2011

    " this book requires a very open approach. it's not an easy book to read, but it's an original and kind a revolutionary way to tell the story. even thou it's the favourite, it is an important read that everyone should have a go at.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geoffrey | 5/5/2011

    " I'm on chapter 9 (Scylla and Charybdis) and I have to say this is by far one of the best works I have ever read.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 4/26/2011

    " One of my all time favourites "

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