Audio-book suggestion

I’ve read Ulysses a few times over the decades and always enjoyed it tremendously (in fact I’d say it’s far and away the best novel I’ve ever read) but I’ve never listened to it before.
Hearing it read aloud by such a terrific reader brings the story, the characters and the whole atmosphere of the book into vibrant life. Continue reading

If you listen to audio-books, you might try this one:
James Joyce’s Ulysses (unabridged), read by Donal Donnelly; produced and issued by Recorded Books. (There are other recorded versions but I’m not crazy about the samples I’ve heard from the other readers).

I’ve read Ulysses a few times over the decades and always enjoyed it tremendously (in fact I’d say it’s far and away the best novel I’ve ever read) but I’ve never listened to it before.
Hearing it read aloud by such a terrific reader brings the story, the characters and the whole atmosphere of the book into vibrant life. Donal Donnelly has a wonderful voice and a legitimate Irish accent—which he pitches in a dozen directions and tones depending on the flow and content of the book and the personalities of the characters.
For the internal monologues he uses an intensely reflective and personal tone and for the narration and dialogue he adjusts his voice so it expresses everything from pomposity, bemusement and sarcasm to tenderness, anger and heartbreak.

Ulysses can be a complicated, difficult book. There are some parts of it I just don’t get, especially when they concern Stephen Dedalus’ internal monologues and his interactions with some of the other characters (not to mention the Latin and a good deal of the Catholic rituals). But listening to it seems to make even those difficult parts easier.
This book is great art; prose, poetry and music combined—and hearing it read aloud really enriches the experience.

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