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Ulysses

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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  • RealityBuff
  • 09-06-2018

A difficult classic read the way it was meant to sound

I put off reading this book for about 30 years because I am a slow reader. Having an audio version made all the difference. I picked this version because the main reader is from Dublin, unlike others who sounded English. The readers are wonderful and made this book much easier to get through.

I strongly recommend reading some kind of summary (spark notes, etc.) before each ‘episode’ to clarify what is going on, since it is easy to get lost if your attention wanders for even a few seconds.

It is hard to describe the book itself, because it isn’t like anything else. It’s about the evolution of language and literature as much as anything. It culminates with an eight sentence stream of consciousness episode that considers our hero from a completely different perspective.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-12-2018

Excellence Performance of a Very Difficult Read

I gave it my best effort, but could not maintain concentration on the stream of consciousness that is Ulysses. I admire Joyce's attention to gritty detail in both character and setting, but I think this is the one book that is made more tedious by the audio format. Kudos to Tadhg Hynes and his beautiful lilting voice.

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  • John Bolger
  • 08-01-2019

overrated

poetry,lists, inconsistent writing patterns. plagiarism. I believe one chapter send remarkably like Hans Christian Anderson's A Christmas Carol I saw a lot of parts of this book what is lewd

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  • 02-01-2019

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.