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Dubliners

Penguin Classics
Written by: James Joyce
Narrated by: Andrew Scott
Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins

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This Penguin Classic is performed by Andrew Scott, star of Sherlock, Fleabag, and Black Mirror, also known for his on-stage roles in Present Laughter and Hamlet. This definitive recording includes an introduction by Terence Brown.  

Joyce's first major work, written when he was only twenty-five, brought his city to the world for the first time. His stories are rooted in the rich detail of Dublin life, portraying ordinary, often defeated lives with unflinching realism. He writes of social decline, sexual desire and exploitation, corruption and personal failure, yet creates a brilliantly compelling, unique vision of the world and of human experience.

©2019 James Joyce (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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"Scott's intonation and pacing made the book really easy to follow, and the fact that every chapter is a full story kept me engaged for much longer than if I was reading it on the page." (i News) 

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  • MHR
  • 02-02-20

Well Acted and Interpreted

Scott does a wonderful job of injecting personality into each of the characters throughout the 15 stories.

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  • Frequent Flyer Reader
  • 01-11-19

Audible version of The Dubliners

I struggled with Chapter 1 of the book which was a long academic lit.crit type thing, beautifully spoken if a little bombastic.
The rest of the book i.e. The Joyce work
was spellbinding, on relection some of that might have been the “scene setting” done in the first chapter.
Bottom line was i wanted to revisit Dublin soon and look forward to the next James Joyce book on or off Audible

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  • Emma Houldsworth
  • 25-10-19

Outstanding narration

Andrew Scott's narration of A Painful Case (chapter 12) is simply incredible. I have listened to it several times and it repeatedly floors me. He is able to convey with such nuance in his voice the devastating dawning of the character's self-imposed desolation. Joyce's Dublin characters are so vividly alive in this narration, their predicaments and emotions so palpable. It's awful!

Audible: Please include a few seconds pause between the chapters so that the ending of one can sink in before the beginning of the next.

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  • shep29
  • 10-11-19

Astonishing Narration

The stories are, of course, wonderful.
But the narration is simply stunning - at times lighthearted and lyrical, at others heartbreaking sad. A wonderful listen. Profoundly affecting. Thanks to Andrew Scott.

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