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  • Tristram Shandy

  • By: Laurence Sterne
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

Laurence Sterne’s most famous novel is a biting satire of literary conventions and contemporary 18th-century values. Renowned for its parody of established narrative techniques, Tristram Shandyis commonly regarded as the forerunner of avant-garde fiction. Tristram’s characteristic digressions on a whole range of unlikely subjects (including battle strategy and noses!) are endlessly surprising and make this one of Britain’s greatest comic achievements.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful listening!

  • By Stuart C. Clarke on 03-04-13

Simply splendid

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

I loved this audio. Having read some extracts of the book it was not exactly what i expected, though I was still not dissapointed. The extracts I had come across were short self contained humerous paragraphs so could not prepare me for the deliberately meandering drawn out gags and observations in the text.

Laurance Stern writes the book in the charming persona of 'Tristram' and Anton Lesser makes a greater job than anybody else I can imagine. It gave me a real 'laugh out loud' moment when the nuns were trying to get the donkey up the hill.

It's not to everyones taste I'm sure, however I think most people would find moments of real pleasure from listening.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Ulysses

  • By: James Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Norton
  • Length: 27 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 308

Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, June 16th 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Richard on 02-04-12

Audio magic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-12

This is beautifully read. Stunning. When I bought this I was reading 'Dubliners' and now find myself reading that with the narrators voice. It is a work of genius, bringing Joyce's multilayered masterpiece to life.

Only buy if you have staying power, though the lyrical, poetic prose is a thing of beauty in it self.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful