Item description for Ulysses (Naxos AudioBooks) by James Joyce, Jim Norton & Marcella Riordan...
"Ulysses" is one of the greatest literary works in the English language. In his remarkable tour de force, Joyce catalogues one day - June 16, 1904 - in immense detail as Leopold Bloom wanders through Dublin, talking, observing, musing and always remembering Molly, his passionate, wayward wife. Set in the shadow of Homer's "Odyssey" and internal thoughts, Joyce's famous stream of consciousness give physical reality extra colour and perspective. This long-awaited unabridged recording of James Joyce's "Ulysses" is released to coincide with the 100th anniversary of degree Bloomsday. Regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century, the abridged recording by Norton and Riordan released in the first year of "Naxos AudioBooks" (1994) is a proven bestseller. Now the two return - having recorded most of Joyce's other work - in a newly recorded unabridged production, directed by Joyce expert Roger Marsh.
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Studio: Naxos Audiobooks
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 3" Width: 5.25" Height: 5.25" Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2004
Publisher Naxos Audiobooks
ISBN 9626343095 ISBN13 9789626343098 UPC 730099030922
Availability 0 units.
More About James Joyce, Jim Norton & Marcella Riordan
James Joyce (1882-1941), an Irish poet and novelist, was one of the most celebrated writers of the twentieth century. His works include Ulysses, Finnegans Wake, and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
Reviews - What do customers think about Ulysses (Naxos AudioBooks)?
Buy the right audio version - Jim Norton/Marcella Riordan Jan 20, 2007
Definitely buy this Jim Norton version. Do not get the Donal Donnelly version that one reviewer recommends -- I followed his advice and it was a huge mistake, now I am purchasing the Norton version. The Donal version is haltingly slow with disruptive pauses between each word, even in dialogue. It's so bothersome -- the reading is like a 3rd grader would read. This Jim Norton version runs over 27 hours, but the Donal Donnelly version runs over 40 hours -- the extra time? It's spent in awkward pauses that break the flow of the language and the dialogue -- you totally lose the beauty of Joyce. Don't make the costly mistake that I made -- buy the right one the first time. Now that I have this Norton version, I can happily sail through Ulysses and appreciate Joyce's supreme writing. If you really want to get through this novel, the audio is a tremendous help to play along with you as you read.
Ulysses in its best rendition Aug 10, 2006
Launched for the 100th anniversary of Bloomsday, this meticulous 22-CD performance of the novel brings it fully to life in ways that are at times indescribably beautiful. Whatever is difficult in the novel becomes much more accessible as the spoken word. Both the male and female narrations are off the charts. As for the music, it is masterful and never intrusive or pretentious. Yes, even this oral rendition is enhanced by a gloss, whether the one included in the set or a separate rendition (the one I used was James Heffernan's lectures, also on CDs, from the Teaching Company). Put it all together and you have the greatest novel in English in its highest and best expression.
Ulysses read by Jim Norton Aug 8, 2006
I recently returned from Dublin where I met many Irish people and native "Dubs," as they call themselves. Everyone said the same thing about "Ulysses", that is "I tried to read it but could not get through it."
Jim Norton brought "Ulysses" to life for me. I followed along as he read and began to understand the rythm of the text. "Ulysses" became exciting instead of imposing.
Jim Norton is truly gifted: Great voice and wonderful imagination.
NOT JIM NORTON BUT GET THE DONAL DONNELLY AUTHORIZED RECORDING Jul 13, 2006
Jim gets a little carried away like Pacino chewing carpets. If you like that kind of thing, well, it wears thin with repeated listening. For instance in chapter one he really gets into a Vincent Price reading Poe mode at "let me be and let me live". and the intrusive intro music, fahggetabowdid
instead get the excellent and very listenable DOnal Donnelly recording, very well done with the corrected text. I listen to it repeatedly and constantly, and meanings emerge very gratifyingly. JOyce is to be heard rather than seen (the ineluctable modality of the visible), and often and forever. As for the the Dubliner stories, again pass by Norton and go for Setlock on Commuter's Library audiobooks. UNfortunately is still only on tape, but the subtley of his tempered readings bear repeated and gratifying listening. Save Norton for the stage. Joyce is forever and ever.
Worth every cent Nov 23, 2005
As an undergraduate, I tried and failed to read James Joyce's Ulysses the conventional way - I think it took me six months to finish chapter 1. Having treated myself to the audiobook, I can say that it's a completely different experience - Jim Norton's and Marcella Riordan's masterful recording really brings the text to life. On a purely practical level, the lengthy stream-of-consciousness bits make a whole lot more sense when they're read with the intonations of natural speech, and the variation in vocal tone makes it much easier to stay engaged in sections that otherwise tend towards the soporific. Most impressive are the 'voices' Jim Norton does for all the different characters - Stephen Dedalus's 'thoughts' are all done in a low-pitched deadpan monotone that perfectly captures his personality, while Buck Mulligan is loud, brash and has a much stronger Irish accent (this difference in volume is large enough to be a potential problem for someone listening through headphones). Norton's skill is particularly noticeable in 'ensemble' scenes such as the library, where he has to switch voice every couple of lines. I've got the Oxford Classics edition of the book (1922 text) and it's almost identical to the recording - very occasionally there's a word or two that's different. This time round I'm actually really enjoying Ulysses - who would've thought.