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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (43,480 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Joyce Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781400188109
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Dubliners is a collection of short stories by James Joyce that was first published in 1914. The fifteen stories were meant to be a naturalistic depiction of the Irish middle-class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the twentieth century.

The stories were written at a time when Irish nationalism was at its peak, and a search for a national identity and purpose was raging; at a crossroads of history and culture, Ireland was jolted by various converging ideas and influences. They center on Joyce’s idea of an epiphany: a moment where a character has a special moment of self-understanding or illumination.

The initial stories in the collection are narrated by children as protagonists, and as the stories continue, they deal with the lives and concerns of progressively older people. This is in line with Joyce’s tripartite division of the collection into childhood, adolescence, and maturity.

The stories contained in Dubliners are “The Sisters,” “An Encounter,” “Araby,” “Eveline,” “After the Race,” “Two Gallants,” “The Boarding House,” “A Little Cloud,” “Counterparts,” “Clay,” “A Painful Case,” “Ivy Day in the Committee Room,” “A Mother,” “Grace,” and “The Dead.”

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  • “Cold is the heart that can resist a warm Irish accent like Gerard Doyle’s, especially when that voice is offering splendid material like this Joyce classic…Heartbreaking epiphanies abound, and Doyle artfully walks the vocal line between empathy and cool efficiency with his performance.”

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/20/2014

    " I unfortunately find that James Joyce does not fascinate me and that his genius is a little overrated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cristina | 2/16/2014

    " I read this collection years ago but I think often of "Eveline." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 2/15/2014

    " Amazing the depth Joyce had at 25. This man began where many writers can only hope and dream of ending. There are stories in here I've read many many times (the Dead, Araby) and others that for whatever reason I had missed before. A beautifully executed fugue on a city. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 2/12/2014

    " This book is a good sampler of the subjects and writing style of Joyce. One might use it to decide if they are up to continuing along the path. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor Proctor | 2/9/2014

    " Dubliners by James Joyce depicted the life of typical Irish people and the lives of basic people. James Joyce writes the novel in a series of short stories, depicted from the lives of everyday people and how they conduct their lives on a day-to-day basis. All the stories are conducted similarly, and James Joyce does a very detailed job of explaining the stories for simply how they are. Each story is simple and basic, but detailed and entertaining, but are all left with an abrupt ending for the imagination of the reader. The books seems to be set in late 1800's/early 1900's Ireland, and explains the way of life, poverty, emotion, and making a life from the perspective of people, ranging from men to women, young to old. I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for a good, intriguing novel. James Joyce is very well thought out and intellectual when writing the novel, and it makes for a very good read for any interested reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liang Di | 2/8/2014

    " The short story "Araby" blew me away. In 7 pages, James Joyce sums up every horrible, messed up relationship I've ever had. Well played, sir, well played. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel Swords | 2/7/2014

    " For anyone who's ever been apprehensive about reading the works of James Joyce, with his short story collection, "Dubliners," he's really not all that bad. Admittedly, some of the stories come across as slightly muddled and are somewhat difficult to get through as a result, but a few are not terrible- surprise of surprises, they're actually interesting. I found the stories "The Sisters," "An Encounter," "Two Gallants," "A Mother," and the majority of "The Dead" to be the easiest reads in the collection; from those pieces alone readers can get a good grasp of Joyce's writing style, along with his intentions for "Dubliners." Additionally, they're just flat out entertaining, in a classical literary sense. If you're an aspiring writer or a bookworm, I'd recommend reading a Joyce story or two for the experience- there is much to learn, even if you still don't like him by story's end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danae Allton | 2/1/2014

    " I believe that James Joyce's "Dubliners" being coined as "perhaps the greatest short story collection in the English language" is an overstatement. I disagree with this thought mostly due to the fact that we are in the year of 2012, and "Dubliners" was first published almost 100 years ago. Joyce's short stories were interesting and slightly amusing, but also seemed to continue unconnected, besides the fact that they're all taken place in Ireland. The stories, such as "Eveline" and "Araby" displayed the way people of Dublin in the early 1900s were like. Unfortunately, I found this book hard and confusing to read. The characters had nothing to do with each other, and at times, the beginning and the end of each story did not click. I wouldn't particularly recommend "Dubliners" to anyone unless they have the patience and preference for short stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah | 1/26/2014

    " I didn't expect to like this and I didnt expect it to hold my attention as much as it did (being from Ireland myself) but this was genuinely good. James Joyce writes brilliantly and every story in this was excellently crafted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elena Motivans | 1/23/2014

    " Nice how each story is short, easy to read them in one go. Lovely little poignant stories about life in Dublin. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Luke Cummins | 1/22/2014

    " Abort! Abort! Abort! I personally couldn't really get into Dubliners, except for perhaps the first, second and last short story. Short stories are not my forte, and I can't find myself interested enough in Dublin and Irish culture enough to follow the book. Also, I find myself unable to attatch myself to the charecters because of their short expositions. I hope Ullyses offers something better! "

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

    " You don't have to like a book because it's a classic. When I re-read this for my book discussion, I liked it, but I can't get past Joyce's pretentious manner of telling a story. Several times the colorful characters were overridden by the author himself, and Joyce's message of, if you don't leave Ireland like he did, you're an idiot. While the overall novel is interesting as evidence of a nation struggling with its identity, religion, and political beliefs, I do think Eveline and The Dead strongly stand apart as two of the best stories I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randolph O'Toole | 1/22/2014

    " Being from Dublin, I found this book still remarkably relevant to Dublin in 2012...the characters are so well painted that you feel you really know these people e.g. Chandler would resonate with so many Dubliners today. Remarkable also, was the Joyce's age when he wrote this timeless collection of short stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/16/2014

    " 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 Alisse | 1/10/2014

    " Some of the stories I loved, some of them I didn't care for. The Dead, the longest of these short stories, is fantastic and absolutely worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 patrycja polczyk | 1/9/2014

    " 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 D.H. Benson | 1/5/2014

    " This book, actually a collection of short stories, was good, but not great. Maybe James Joyce's later books are literary classics but this book wasn't anything special. After reading the book, I didn't think there was anything remarkable about any of the characters or the city of Dublin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 1/2/2014

    " what surprised me was not how spot-on his description of 1914 Dublin was, but how much this description still valid is in our times, and not only confined to Dublin... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zee | 12/30/2013

    " Not my cup of tea, really. I'm desperate to like Joyce, but these short stories were a bit too stale. Little, faithful portraits of life in Dublin. I hope Ulysses is better! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/29/2013

    " Joyce is brilliantly masterful with words. From "Two Gallants" - "He was tired of knocking about, of pulling the devil by the tail, of shifts and intrigues". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danica Page (One Page at a Time) | 12/27/2013

    " I read this for a college class and we studied it extensively. I actually really liked this one. "

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

    " The Dead is one of my favorite short stories. I read it every December "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katioush | 12/3/2013

    " Particularly liked "Eveline", "Counterparts", "A Painful Case" and "The Dead" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Georgia Burns | 11/25/2013

    " I love quite a few of the stories in Dubliners. However, the ones I dislike are so tedious I think I've block them out as some kind of protection against the trauma. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yichen | 11/25/2013

    " A rather difficult read due to my unfamiliarity with the background circumstances and grim backdrop, but a collection of great shots nevertheless. I did not know that so much atmosphere and character could lend themselves so beautifully to so few words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heller | 11/14/2013

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Adam | 11/10/2013

    " Just couldn't get into this book at all. Really hated it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne Oliver | 10/21/2013

    " 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri Pollock | 10/17/2013

    " I thought this was awfully good, but also really unpleasant to read. Every chapter was so grim. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy Nash | 10/13/2013

    " Ugh. Way too depressing for me. Is "Classicly Depressing" a category? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 8/3/2013

    " What a wonderful reintroduction to Joyce -- I found these stories masterfully presented and deeply affecting. How I wish we'd had to read this in high school instead of Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 N. M. Scuri | 7/24/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eduardo | 5/28/2013

    " An excellent book of short stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 5/15/2013

    " what surprised me was not how spot-on his description of 1914 Dublin was, but how much this description still valid is in our times, and not only confined to Dublin... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrdarius Razgaitis | 5/2/2013

    " Amazing prose. Very emotional and thought-provoking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 2/24/2013

    " It seems like books I had to read for school just aren't my favorite. I had to read this in college, and ugh....I just didn't like it. There were parts I did kind of like, but, some parts I just didn't get into. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 2/20/2013

    " Loved his portrayal of characters and description. I'll be reading this again at some point to savour his language. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 2/5/2013

    " Each story is just a tiny glimpse of the everyday struggles in Irish society. Joyce's prose is some of the most beautiful I've ever read. Love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 1/26/2013

    " A collection to read again and again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucas | 1/11/2013

    " This book re-affirmed my love for literature. Joyce's prose is brilliant. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jacqulyn | 12/29/2012

    " Please remind me never to read Joyce again. Ugh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karina | 12/23/2012

    " several beautiful portraits of Dublin and its inhabitants "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick Braga | 12/15/2012

    " I appreciated the lack of plot to a certain extent, even if sometimes it seemed boring. However, the telling of the stories was well done, with the exception of the last one in my opinion. "

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

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 11/26/2012

    " prave irske kratke zgodbe,zelo 'bralne' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 10/24/2012

    " Best collection of short stories for the time period. And, honestly, the last thing I ever really liked by Joyce. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 10/18/2012

    " Read this book for Intro to Critical Reading, so it was with a close eye on things like narrative voice. Though I've heard people say this book is really stagnant and dull, I enjoyed it a lot. Every time I reread one of the stories, it just gets better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 F Barry | 8/31/2012

    " As a collection of stories, there are times I pick it up to revisit one old friend or another. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Ronan Drew | 5/5/2012

    " I read this with the 22nd Avenue Book Club. It was a great success. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 4/26/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonny Ellar | 3/13/2012

    " I am interested to read this book because my favourite author (frank mccourt) read this too aside from the fact that james joyce is really a great writer of his time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin | 2/7/2012

    " Joyce's short stories, are as much masterpieces as ever. Every one is a gem in itself, set in the dreary nobodies of Dublin, and their seemingly monotonous lives. A genius short story collection from a genius author. I recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerry Stroh | 2/2/2012

    " Ok, I get it. Nationalism, epiphany, the middle class. I didn't really like most of the stories. The ones I like were: The Dead, An Encounter, After the Race, Clay & Grace. The others, meh. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erin | 1/26/2012

    " It may have been my English teacher that ruined this book for me, but I can't make myself enjoy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rather Dashing | 12/2/2011

    " I can't decide whether "Clay" or "The Dead" is my favorite entry in this fine selection of short stories. Well worth reading if you're not familiar with Joyce at all, and excellent preparation for some of his later works as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathalia | 10/11/2011

    " My edition was published in 2005 by Collector's Library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gillian Whitfield | 7/30/2011

    " I'm not usually one for James Joyce. I read two pages of Uylesses and put it down. But this book is different than his others. It's a good way to pass the time on a rainy afternoon when you have nothing else to do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Winkler | 6/9/2011

    " The most accessible Joyce in my opinion "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chas Bayfield | 6/4/2011

    " "My body was like a harp and her words and gestures were like fingers running upon the wires." Get in! Just read Ulyssees and now need to reread Dubliners to meet some of the characters again. Beautiful. "

  • 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! "

  • 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 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.
    "

  • 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. "

  • 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 "

  • 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

Gerard Doyle was born of Irish parents and raised in Hertfordshire, England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London’s West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. A seasoned narrator of audiobooks, he has been awarded eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2006 won the prestigious Audie Award for his reading of Blackstone’s recording of The Dead Yard by Adrian McKinty. He lives with his wife and two children in Sag Harbor, New York.