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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,580 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Joyce Narrator: Alec Sand Publisher: Trout Lake Media Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN:
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Often cited as the best work of short fiction ever written, Joyce's elegant story details a New Year's Eve gathering in Dublin that is so evocative and beautiful that it prompts the protagonist's wife to make a shocking revelation to her husband - closing the story with an emotionally powerful epiphany that is unsurpassed in modern literature.

The Dead is the final short story in Joyce's 1914 collection Dubliners. It is the longest story in the collection and widely considered to be one of the greatest short stories in the English language. At 15,672 words it has also been considered a novella.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Proustitute | 2/12/2014

    " "Why is it that words like these seem to me so dull and cold? Is it because there is no word tender enough to be your name?" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melville House Publishing | 12/31/2013

    " This beautifully packaged series of classic novellas includes the works of Anton Chekhov, Colette, Henry James, Herman Melville, and Leo Tolstoy. These collectible editions are the first single-volume publications of these classic tales, offering a closer look at this underappreciated literary form and providing a fresh take on the world's most celebrated authors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben Oxford | 12/24/2013

    " The ending The Dead is some of the best prose writing ever put to paper. Absolutely amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/23/2013

    " What happens when a story lives up to its reputation? You know it's a classic. Something about the discourse of snow just makes me ache---and it's Joyce, after all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Simonetti | 12/4/2013

    " This is not something I enjoyed, despite the good press. I could not get into the writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tonia | 12/3/2013

    " Read it. They writing style is one you'll remember a long, long time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 11/28/2013

    " I read this last summer while in Italy. It was a cool afternoon and the light was just right. I finished it, set it down, thought about it for about fifteen minutes and picked it right back up again. One of the best works of fiction out there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 11/11/2013

    " Lovely story - atmospheric, nostalgic, quietly emotional. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maggie | 10/20/2013

    " james joyce just doesn't seem to do it for me; doesn't capture my interest; a well written story, of course; but i just don't seem to care. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ignas | 10/13/2013

    " Goodness gracious, I am lost for words. A must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Hughes | 10/6/2013

    " the end is worth five stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly J. | 1/22/2013

    " I really didn't like it much til the final few pages. That was lovely and could've been a short story all on it's own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 9/29/2012

    " Beautiful and depressing. The quintessential Joyce, in other words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 5/17/2012

    " "His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 4/9/2012

    " I read James Joyce's The Dead every month, or at least every other month. It's great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristina Pasko | 2/29/2012

    " I'd like to know what this story is really about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 2/23/2012

    " Intensely psychological and shockingly emotionally real-feeling. Horribly sad in that dull, caged-in feeling of real life, rather than overblown fictional tragedy. A short read, but, at least for me, a difficult one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sahar N | 10/14/2011

    " Long is the time for some bruises to heal,and may be they never will. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 10/12/2011

    " good descriptions of setting, characters were pretty flat "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Winonah | 8/28/2011

    " No story I've read used sensory experiences to build up to what happens in the mind as well as this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Foley | 6/29/2011

    " An absolute masterwork by one of the greatest artists in prose. Don't stop here. Read Dubliners at least. "

  • 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.