Ulysses

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: James Joyce
Narrator: Donal Donnelly
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Classics
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: August 2004
# of Units: 40 CDs
Length: 42 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

Ulysses is one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century. It was not easy to find a publisher in America willing to take it on, and when Jane Heap and Margaret Anderson started printing extracts from the book in their literary magazine The Little Review in 1918, they were arrested and charged with publishing obscenity. They were fined $100, and even The New York Times expressed satisfaction with their conviction. Ulysses was not published in book form until 1922, when another American woman, Sylvia Beach, published it in Paris her Shakespeare & Company. Ulysses was not available legally in any English-speaking country until 1934, when Random House successfully defended Joyce against obscenity charges and published it in the Modern Library. This edition follows the complete and unabridged text as corrected and reset in 1961. Judge John Woolsey's decision lifting the ban against Ulysses is reprinted, along with a letter from Joyce to Bennett Cerf, the publisher of Random House, and the original foreword to the book by Morris L. Ernst, who defended Ulysses during the trial.

Reviews (13)

Written by Anonymous on August 16th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

"Take all, keep all. My soul walks with me, form of forms." It's a 400-page poem.

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Written by Anonymous on June 11th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The streamed conscience format of Ulysses makes it very difficult to follow. I found the audio CD to be much easier to understand, because the narrator changes volume to indicate thoughts vs. speech. On the otherhand, in order to hear the narrator, I had to constantly vary the volume on my stereo.

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Written by Anonymous on March 30th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I am glad others found this book impossible to listen to in a car. I would not recommend this book.

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Written by Anonymous from Kansas City, MO on December 26th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I am an educated person and hold two post graduate degrees, but I found this audiobook impossible to follow. Perhaps the story is easier to understand in written format, when the reader can see the character's names and follow the story at a more leisurely pace. I do not recommend this audiobook.

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Written by wlh2040 from Miami, FL on November 15th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I have never begun reading a book (or in this case, begun listening), and stopped before it was through. This was patently the most boring work I have ever had to endure. Completely tedious and un-interesting, the characters were flat and un-inspired. If anybody actually makes it to the end of this book, they deserve an award. Keep away from sharp objects...you may be tempted to use them on yourself with this book.

Excellent Narration

Written by Anonymous from Kennesaw, GA on March 14th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Anyone renting Ulysses probably doesn't need a review of the book. Instead I will comment on the reading by Jim Norton (and in the last section by Marcella Riordan). Mr. Norton in particular does a superlative job of capturing the nuances of such a complex and difficult book. I doubt if it's possible to do full justice to the book in an audio format, but I can't imagine it being done much better than this.

Impossible to listen to in the car

Written by Anonymous on March 5th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This was impossible to listen to in the car. The volume changes from line to line were unbearable - changing from barely audible mumbling to speaker rattling screaming and back again in an instant. The problem was compunded by the accents.

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Written by Shannon Lowry on September 26th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I never got around to reading this book so as many of us do, I put it on my rental shelf. It's a real pitty when the reader ruins a novel by whispering one moment and then shouting the next. It makes trying to listen in the car unpleasant. I'm constantly trying to hear the whispers then frantically turn it down when the shouts blast my ears out. Even the volume of narration without the variations from talking as different characters are inconsistant. 2 stars for the story, zero for the craptastic narration.

Zzzzzzz - a bit of a snoozer...

Written by Anonymous on September 24th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I really tried to like this book, but could not. The plots are very detailed, the narrative is chatty. I couldn't get past disk two, so this is not really a fair review. Your mileage may vary...

Revisiting an old friend after many years...

Written by Peter Neibert on July 5th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I read Ulysses clean through at least twice in times when there were no recorded books. Listening to it now, I hear a richness from the narrators' voices as they pick up the Joycean rhythms and sounds -- altogether pleasing. I still know how to read a book through to the end, but I picked this one from the audio list to keep me at my exercise on a stationary bicycle, 33 minutes a day. When the cd's run out in the middle of the session, I just let them start again -- comfortable that way.

Author Details

Author Details

Joyce, James

James Joyce, the twentieth century's most influential novelist, was born in Dublin on February 2, 1882. The oldest of ten children, he grew up in a family that went from prosperity to penury because of his father's wastrel behavior. After receiving a rigorous Jesuit education, twenty-year-old Joyce renounced his Catholicism and left Dublin in 1902 to spend most of his life as a writer in exile in Paris, Trieste, Rome, and Zurich. On one trip back to Ireland, he fell in love with the now famous Nora Barnacle on June 16, the day he later chose as "Bloomsday" in his novel "Ulysses. "Nara was an u