I'm not familiar with Homer and am not particularly inclined to investigate, but all this still could not distract me from the fact that very little of interest is ever actually happening. Every reading will bring out more subtleties and enjoyment. Despite such auspicious notoriety, Ulysses has remained more famous than popular, and for one simple reason: it is a very difficult book to read. I think that might kind of be the point though. The world is divided into three superstates.
Be prepared to be on the volume switch though, one minute you can barely hear the reader and then, after turning it up, you jump through the roof due to him shouting. Keep away from sharp objects. Marcella Riordan satisfyingly performs the dialogue of Molly Bloom, including the 24,000-word unpunctuated stream-of-consciousness passage that concludes the novel. I intend to listen to this one at least twice to get full richness of the work - Highly recommended. There are two flaws, but I can't bring myself to detract from the overall rating for either of them. Jim Norton's own understanding of the narrative and the distinctive presentation of the vast swirl of characters is perfection.
This is a monumental achievement in audiobook recording that cuts no corners, takes all the time it needs in the right places, and uses technology and vision to create an unforgettable listening experience. Spend your hard earned on a more interesting book. The ability ot the narator to create different voices, accents and sounds was brilliant. The whole thing was a joy to listen to. I found myself reaching often for the volume button.
Every action, word, gesture and thought is monitored under the watchful eye of Big Brother and the Thought Police. I could never have read through the whole thing, so I'm grateful for this wonderful recording. Then pick up a couple good commentaries on this book---forget the quick notes. If you do , you end up writing a negative review of it. Det er historien om en tragisk og grufuld kærlighed fortalt med et både hjerteskærende og ætsende vid. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another. It's a real pitty when the reader ruins a novel by whispering one moment and then shouting the next.
The young poet Stephen has been recalled from Paris to Dublin to be at his mother's deathbed. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. In the hands of Jim Norton and Marcella Riordan, experienced and stimulating Joycean readers, and carefully directed by Roger Marsh, Ulysses becomes accessible as never before. But I would never say this was even close to being a fun read or a riveting story, so I would only recommend this to people who want that sense of satisfaction you might get by having read the book that all that fuss was over. This last problem is particularly tricky, for in Joyce apparently trivial events or remarks can suddenly assume a huge significance. Perhaps not the best bed-time listening - a fatal combination of mellifluous accents and aimless ramblings that has me dozing off in minutes - but there the fault is entirely my own. Not a fan of poetry.
Would you consider the audio edition of Ulysses to be better than the print version? In addition, let me say that you will get even more from it if you also order, from The Teaching Company online , a series of 24 lectures by Professor James Heffernan of Dartmouth College on Joyce's Ulysses. It created a stir as soon as it was published in 1922, partly because of the experimental nature of the writing and formal design and partly because in certain passages it contained more than usually explicit language. In Homer, Odysseus wanders for several years over several seas, before returning home at last to his faithful wife Penelope. The writing is beyond masterful. Some of the scenes were meaningless to me but they were magic to listen to.
Norton has an incredible ability to mimic different characters in dialogue. But again, it could not be better. Having said that it is a rich experience that matches visual media. We're always adding new audiobooks so stay posted! I wont recommend it, the're are much better books to listen too. Like my English not mucked about with But it is magnificent! Jim Norton makes the work of comprehending the many-layered references palatable and enjoyable; his various accents and characterizations allowed me to differentiate the different narratives; and his warmth and elocution made it a riveting experience.
This is a masterly reading of the abridged version, with copious notes aiding comprehension. Having done the 27 hours I'm going to start all over again. Summary Ulysses is one of the greatest literary works in the English language. Wonderful characterisation, pace, humour, accents and invective. It is actually easier to follow and understand than reading the book itself. Joyce fans worldwide now celebrate 16 June as Bloomsday. Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? First things first, hats off to Jim Norton for an inspired interpretation of what is not an easy read by any stretch of the imagination.