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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (43,824 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Joyce Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Joyce’s experimental masterpiece set a new standard for modernist fiction, pushing the English language past all previous thresholds in its quest to capture a day in the life of an Everyman in turn-of-the-century Dublin. Obliquely borrowing characters and situations from Homer’s Odyssey, Joyce takes us on an internal odyssey along the current of thoughts, impressions, and experiences that make up the adventure of living an average day. As his characters stroll, eat, ruminate, and argue through the streets of Dublin, Joyce’s stream-of-consciousness narrative artfully weaves events, emotions, and memories in a free flow of imagery and associations. Full of literary references, parody, and uncensored vulgarity, Ulysses has been considered controversial and challenging but always brilliant and rewarding.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Talk about understanding ‘feminine psychology’—I have never read anything to surpass it, and I doubt if I have ever read anything to equal it.”

    Arnold Bennett

  • Ulysses will immortalize its author with the same certainty that Gargantua immortalized Rabelais and The Brothers Karamazov immortalized Dostoevsky…It comes nearer to being the perfect revelation of a personality than any book in existence.”

    New York Times

  • “In the last pages of the book, Joyce soars to such rhapsodies of beauty as have probably never been equaled in English prose fiction.”

    New Republic

  • “To my mind one of the most significant and beautiful books of our time.”

    Gilbert Seldes, Nation

  • “Almost every variety of human experience is crammed into the accordian folds of a single day, which makes Ulysses not just an experimental work but the very last word in realism.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • Ulysses, considered by many to be the preeminent novel of the modern era, has been recorded for audio before. But this new version, featuring narrator John Lee, has much to recommend it. Even though he’s English, Lee can summon up a convincing Irish accent, and his petulant reading gives the book a great deal of vigor. His pace is ideal, neither too fast to follow the complex novel nor too slow to be wearying.”


  • One of Modern Library‘s 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Clara | 2/4/2014

    " Reading this book is an experience--I know that's probably a cliche, but I can't think of any other way to describe it. Enjoyable? Sometimes. Seat-of-pants exciting? Nah. Edifying? Always: like the systematic absorption of an encyclopedia into your brain. Try it, preferably with friends or a reading-group, or in a college setting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Simon | 1/15/2014

    " And on my fourth attempt I get past page 100 and read the whole thing. Actually I was quite intellectual and read it in parallel with The Odyssey. That set me up nicely for the Christmas holidays. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gael | 1/14/2014

    " Again, read many years ago. I will put this on my list as a re-read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bill Kidd | 1/11/2014

    " The hardest book to read I have ever encountered. But a labour of love, jewels hidden deep but worth digging. I haven't read any Homer which may have assisted with the allegories. Worth trying "

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