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3.62625 out of 53.62625 out of 53.62625 out of 53.62625 out of 53.62625 out of 5 3.63 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Joyce Narrator: Cyril Cusack, Siobhan McKenna Publisher: Saland Publishing Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN:
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Cyril Cusack and Siobhan McKenna read from James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. This idiosyncratic novel is full of multilingual puns and portmanteau words, intended to recreate the experience of sleep and dreams.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frederick | 2/18/2014

    " the simply aren't words. He tears down the english language and recreates it along with all the other components we have come to expect from the novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryan Taylor | 2/16/2014

    " When I was back in college, I spent about a month reading Finnegans Wake, the ne plus ultra of 20th Century literature. In its own way, it is a fascinating read, especially if you read it aloud while studying the underlying wordplay. It's a book you love or hate, and I fell under its spell. So take it to the beach with you, along with 20 books giving you advice on what it means, and enjoy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Lancaster | 2/14/2014

    " I have only lisened to this book--but have studies sections enogh to know that it is a fun read/puzzle in which to lose one's self. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 marie monroe | 2/6/2014

    " oh, mercy. i found the spot in the top of my right hemisphere where joyce's dialect lived and i could only hold it for precious moments. the words were like trout and i had just learned to tie a fly, but i dug it out inch by inch and can't now even tell you what it said, but i can say it was an amazing internal journey that i haven't forgotten. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 1/27/2014

    " Impossible and impossibly brilliant. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 C. Travis | 1/13/2014

    " this gets stars two, cuz of the sense of making music man made my understanding wains too far to your prairies of misprision and through past howth castle and environs, huh.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 yellowchimera | 1/10/2014

    " It's a beautiful piece of literature, no denying it. It's poignant, perplexing, magical and the language flows as fluently as the river it seeks to describe. Having written a literature paper on it, I read this novel multiple times, each with a different focus in mind. Reading it as a dream initially made the most sense of all readings, yet it still felt incomplete so I employed Freudian reading to it, as well as one with the focus of Irish history and memory. I've read and dissected the novel to its very core, yet something is still missing, and I've realised it's the fact that Joyce isn't here to explain his work that's frustrating me so. Nonetheless, its beautiful, albeit unsatisfying to some extent. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shawna | 1/6/2014

    " This book is unreadable. Really, if James Joyce were still alive, I'd find him and punch him in the nose for all the suffering he's caused me trying to speak intelligently about this gobbelty-gook. All his metaphors and allusions ensure that a great many academics will never have to worry about getting a real job, thanks for that Joycey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick\ | 12/26/2013

    " A book to pick up for an any-place start and any-place end when I want my brain twisted and memory tested. Read Ulysses first. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cody | 12/23/2013

    " I get what he's trying to do and its very ground breaking / creative. But its just not very enjoyable to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sunil | 12/17/2013

    " Have managed to read it once, understood parts of it but more importantly have realised how hopelessly unqualified I am to even pass a proper comment. Some day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Brimmer | 12/6/2013

    " I know everybody likes the big one but I found this one actually fun to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Shapiro | 12/5/2013

    " Mind bender! I think everyone who's ever tried to interpret a dream should read this book. I was amazed at how this book interfaced with my subconscious mind and the daily events that were unfolding in my personal life in 2003. It's certainly a different sort of book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom O'Connor | 11/14/2013

    " Not much to say, I like Joyce a lot, really love "Ulysses" but find this book to be almost unreadable. There is a musical flow at times, but mostly (to me, at least) this book is just Joyce "proving" he's smarter than anyone else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 7/22/2013

    " Joyce can be so unnecessarily complex! If one has the time to let choice words soak, they can be truly transcendent, like refractions of light coming through a drop of water; but as a readable novel - this book fails miserably, unbearably sluggish reading page to page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cdan | 6/23/2013

    " the most intricate and brain hurting thing I've ever read. but it was so worth it... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Niki | 6/15/2013

    " not gonna lie, i did not even get through ten pages of this. it was a ridiculously difficult read, so hard that i dropped the joyce lit class. sad, i might try to pick it up again in a few years "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 6/6/2013

    " ok, fine, I only read the comprehensible parts of this book... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Shilstone | 2/17/2013

    " Transcends language. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esther | 2/12/2013

    " I turned every page of this book. MADNESS. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David Jordan | 10/1/2012

    " Gibberish. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 5/24/2012

    " I admire Joyce's experimentalism, but... to quote Dorothy Parker, "This is not a book one puts down lightly. It is to be thrown with great force against a wall." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Reid | 12/7/2011

    " i have been reading it for about three years and still have a few hundred pages to go... "

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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.