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Ulysses

Written by: James Joyce
Narrated by: Tadhg Hynes, Kayleigh Payne
Length: 31 hrs and 40 mins

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Narrator Tadhg Hynes: "I first decided to record Ulysses in October 2015. Little did I know then what an unforgettable 18 months lay ahead. Having already recorded Dubliners and Portrait (and being terrified of Ulysses), I decided to give myself a year just to read it. However, after about four episodes I started recording it and became hooked.

"Being a Dubliner and having the privilege of walking the pages of this book daily, it became a world that absorbed me totally. Almost everywhere I went in Dublin, Joyce was there. I kept coming across phrases from the book in real life. I was born in Holles St. Hospital some 60 years after the Oxen of the Sun episode was set there. While the city has moved with the times, it's still unavoidable to get the sense of Joyce's Dublin even now.

"Some parts of the book are more difficult than others, but I found that every word had its place, and with a bit of effort and research it came to life. Don't be put off by its reputation. You don't need a university degree (though some like to think that you do!). It's a book for everyone, and as you become familiar with the way Joyce writes, this becomes obvious.

"I've tried to bring out the Dublin wit and the unique language of its people, and I hope that this adds to the enjoyment of this great book.

"I would like to add a special note of thanks and admiration to the wonderful reading of Molly Bloom's soliloquy, given by Kayleigh Payne. Famed for its lack of punctuation and rambling nature, this iconic piece of writing is beautifully interpreted and sensitively portrayed. Kayleigh's work has brought a new dimension to the recording, and I am eternally grateful."

Public Domain (P)2017 Victorian Classic Audiobooks

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  • 02-01-19

Not a gripping story but a great performance

Ulysses has a reputation as a very difficult read but this audio book is a fantastic performance and makes it very enjoyable. The story is a long and meandering one, so not for everyone. As I grew up in Dublin I found it a fascinating view of 1904 Dublin.

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  • Lightning Brother
  • 16-08-19

What is there left to say?

I'm catching up on 20th century European literature that I wish I'd read when I was a student in the 80's, and I'm loving it. Since purchsing Ulysses earlier this year, I've listened to it three times, and will probably be listening to it on my deathbed. It's a lifetime's work, and Joyce was right when he declared that academics would be scratching their heads for many years to come. I'm not wise; I'm not intellectual; I'm not academic, but I'm loving this book every time I hear it through. If the ancient Greek, or the philosophical allusions don't make sense to you, don't worry - just let the joy of the language, the scatalogical jokes and the odd made-up word sink in, and titter and snort along with Joyce. Brilliant performance by both narrators - a joy.

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  • Tom H.
  • 26-07-19

excellent narration

truly engrossing with excellent narration bringing to life so many varied characters. Would listen to it all again there is so much going on