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Summary

Form-defining short stories. 

First published in 1914, James Joyce defined what the short story could be with his collection, Dubliners. A mixture of prose and poetry, each story can be listened to independently, or as a collection. From childhood to maturity, we see what life - and ultimately death - can be, via an extraordinary cast of characters, all of whom experience an epiphany. There’s Father Flynn, the priest; Evelyn, the shop girl who dreams of escape; Mrs Mooney, the butcher’s daughter, who runs a boarding house. 

Joyce described the stories as ‘a moral history of my country’. Written by a young Joyce, with the devastating potato famine still in living memory, he wanted to explore the reasons why a city and its occupants could be so paralysed. For the modern listener, the stories also provide a fascinating snapshot of early 20th-century life - from clay pipes to sixpences, petticoats to ginger beer. In your mind’s eye, walk round Stephen’s Green, wander down Grafton Street and over the River Liffey. You’ll never forget this city or its occupants. 

The stories: 

  • 'The Sisters'
  • 'An Encounter'
  • 'Araby'
  • 'Eveline'
  • 'After the Race'
  • 'Two Gallants'
  • 'The Boarding House'
  • 'A Little Cloud'
  • 'Counterparts'
  • 'Clay'
  • 'A Painful Case'
  • 'Ivy Day in the Committee Room'
  • 'A Mother'
  • 'Grace'
  • 'The Dead'
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Love Chris O'Dowd's voice!

Only just started but Wow - the narration by Chris O'Dowd is incredible. It feels like getting a warm hug.

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A great listen

Chris O'Dowd is a fantastic choice of narrator for these short stories. I think I could listen to anything he narrated.

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Complete and utter TREAT

Absolutely convincing, with great characterisation of every person in each of the 15 short stories. Chris O’Dowd might have been born to do this. If he ever records Ulysses, I’ll be there in a flash.

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Peerless Storytelling

The narration cannot be bettered. Stories are beautifully crafted and genuinely affectionate.Humour abounds .Brilliant in every respect. Immensely enjoyable. A perfect introduction to Joyce.

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A Classic Treat

This is a treat, poetic prose in the beautiful Irish style and magnificently narrated in the soft, melodious voice of Chris Dowd. Perfect.
I will be listening to this recording many times.

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  • 02-06-21

The best

I’ve known these stories almost as long as I can remember - the best are brilliant and stay with you for a lifetime. And if you are wondering which recording to get, wonder no more and get this one, Chris O’Dowd captures them perfectly.

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  • Arno
  • 07-05-21

Brought to life vividly clear images which ignited

Brought to life vividly clear images which ignited old forgotten memories of my teenage years

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  • joyce
  • 31-05-21

The best!

Chris O’Dowd is James Joyce reading his novel to you!!! Beautiful in every way! Don’t miss this!!!

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  • Barbara
  • 05-06-21

Melodic and Thought Provoking

This collection of short stories were a delight to listen to. Each prose gave a glimpse of life in early 20th century Dublin. James Joyce is a masterful writer and these stories will remain with me.

Chris O'Dowd's melodic narration brought the characters to life. I could imagine each person and their life and struggles. A brilliant performance.