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Author: Edna O’Brien Narrator: Donada Peters, Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781415910580

Publisher Description

One of Ireland's best current novelists provides a thumbnail sketch of Ireland's greatest writer. A passionate and sensuous portrait, James Joyce is a return to the land of politics, history, saints, and scholars that shaped the creator of the twentieth century's groundbreaking novel Ulysses. O'Brien traces Joyce's early days as a rambunctious young Jesuit student; his falling in love with a tall, red-haired Galway girl named Nora Barnacle on Bloomsday; and his exile to Trieste where he found success, love, and ultimately, despair. Joyce's raucous life as well as his thoughtful commentary on his major writings are presented succinctly and masterfully for any Joyce lover to enjoy. O'Brien captures with simplicity the brilliance and complexity of this great master. "It is swift, moving and brimming with the author's enthusiasms and her well-earned affection for a difficult colleague." —Los Angeles Times Book Review

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Nice biographical portrait of Joyce in chatty, familiar style. "

    - Mark, 12/16/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This book, the bio of Oscar Wilde, and "Angela's Ashes" describe so clearly the affects of alcoholism on the body, that it is a wonder that detox centers don't use them more often as conversation starters. "

    - Dayla, 11/21/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Edna O'Brien does well. I have to admit it turned me on Joyce a little. Be it Catholicism, alcohol or whatnot, we should try to get past it. Instead, Joyce was consumed by his demons and rather a nightmare for those around him. "

    - Gary, 10/14/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Beautifully written book about the heartbreaking life of a staggering genius. "

    - Theresa, 1/16/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I've never read any Joyce, and thought this might be a good way to decide if he were worth my time. OBrien's biography is quite wonderful, and I think probably as close to Joyce as I feel the need to get. It did make me want to read more Edna OBrien, though. "

    - Kit, 10/4/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Although the reader is a bit irritating, I'm gladd I listened. It's a fair and concise biography of Mr. James-Mad-Genius Joyce. Am I ready for something more scholarly? Probably not. Let me get through Finnegan's Wake first. "

    - Nan, 5/29/2012
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " O'Brien channels Joyce's ecstatic language and produces a vivid portrait of the man and his city in this fabulous SHORT biography. I am now a huge fan of the Penguin Lives series. "

    - Joan, 5/4/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Beautifully written book about the heartbreaking life of a staggering genius. "

    - Theresa, 12/22/2009
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Although the reader is a bit irritating, I'm gladd I listened. It's a fair and concise biography of Mr. James-Mad-Genius Joyce. Am I ready for something more scholarly? Probably not. Let me get through Finnegan's Wake first. "

    - Nan, 5/16/2009
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " O'Brien channels Joyce's ecstatic language and produces a vivid portrait of the man and his city in this fabulous SHORT biography. I am now a huge fan of the Penguin Lives series. "

    - Joan, 11/20/2008
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Edna O'Brien does well. I have to admit it turned me on Joyce a little. Be it Catholicism, alcohol or whatnot, we should try to get past it. Instead, Joyce was consumed by his demons and rather a nightmare for those around him. "

    - Gary, 8/20/2008

About the Author

Edna O’Brien is the multiaward–winning author of numerous books., including the Country Girls trilogy. She won the 2019 David Cohen Prize for lifetime achievement in literature and the 2018 PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature. She is the recipient of the James Joyce Ulysses Medal and an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

About the Narrators

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.