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Summary

James Joyce revolutionized twentieth-century writing with his "stream of consciousness" technique. While ingeniously innovative and experimental, he was also a keenly precise chronicler of the people, places, and sounds of his native Dublin. In Dubliners, a cast of 15 internationally famous stage and screen actors perform stories that make up a brilliant journey over a human landscape that captures the bleakest of despair to the most blinding of epiphanies. First published in 1914, the stories are as cogent and accessible as they are memorably touching. Both the spiritually deadening atmosphere that drove Joyce from his homeland and the irresistible emotional pull it kept on him to the end of his days become heartbreakingly beautiful. Each time you listen, the stories will become resonantly deeper.
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Utterly spellbinding

I approached Joyce's 'Dubliners' with some trepidation, having struggled with my father's ancient, hard back edition; ultimately giving up in frustration at not 'getting it'. This audio version, however, is spellbinding. The narrators voices, with their gently Irish lilt bring out the nuance and meaning to every story, hitting just the right pitch for both the humour and the pathos of these simple, yet astonishingly complex tales. The characters sing in your head and it's hard to get rid of them. Poverty, pretension, humour and pathos mixed with wry, social commentatory and unforgetable honesty. At last I 'get' Joyce. Wonderful stuff.

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Good collection of stories

Very easy to listen to and very nostalgic. It really gives you an insight into yesteryear; of how the different classes were regarded in Ireland.

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  • Deirdre
  • 30-12-11

Great Stories, Poor Performance

I have read the Dubliners before and loved them, so I thought it would be fun to listen to them. The stories do not translate that well to an audio format. The stories are difficult to follow when read aloud, and the narration did not help at all. The reading is not done by professional audio book readers, and it makes such a difference. I had such a hard time, especially with some of the narrators as each story has a different narrator. It was especially difficult when there was dialogue because most of the narrators did not even really attempt distinct voices. I would definitely recommend reading these lovely stories; just avoid the audio book version.

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  • Robert
  • 10-04-15

Excellent Dramatic Readings

Joyce's stories are more like intense slices of life than traditional stories. The writing is, of course, masterful and the audio readings were the highest professional level. However, I found many of the stories themselves somewhat heavy, serious, and depressing.

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  • Wes
  • 23-09-17

Irish voices reading Joyce

Hearing Irish voices read James Joyce is a different experience from reading the stories on your own when you are not from Ireland. I highly recommend this! I think it was a great idea having a different reader for each story. The performances are top notch.

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  • Lisa Canales
  • 24-04-16

Amazing!

This was excellently narrated! It was an amazingly listening experience. I will definitely listen to it again.

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  • Amy Farmer Penne
  • 12-05-15

I dare you not to fall in love with Joyce!

What did you like best about this story?

Joyce's Dubliners are us, they're Everyman and Everywoman, alive in any time even though they are uniquely situated, of course, in early 20th century Dublin. Joyce's amazing characters come to life through the talented cast of actors and voices reading these timeless stories.

What about Frank McCourt and Patrick McCabe ’s performance did you like?

Their own lives and talents feel interspersed into Joyce's world and it was a pleasure to listen to them.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The Dead, of course. It's mesmerizing.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Patrick
  • 04-03-18

Fantastic

This was one of the few books I bought a hard copy to follow along with; the appendix made the stories that much deeper and fuller. I am glad that Joyce has such an accessible book like Dubliners, as I know his later works are a project to read/listen to in and of themselves.

This book is a wonderful glimpse into the lives of people. As the clock will never stop, it's clear that almost 150 years later, people will be people. Joyce seems to have a way of sucking you into a story and suddenly stopping, eerily like that song you love that you wish had more verses. So instead you have to hit pause after the story and let what you just heard/read really sink in. Fantastic after taste.. if that makes sense.

The narrations are great as well. It's a nice change of pace from one story to the next; makes you feel closer to the story with the Irish accents.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-10-18

The readers were Excellent!

I love Joyce. The readers were fantastic. I recommend this Audio book, is one of the best.

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  • Joseph
  • 13-02-04

Very pleasant

This is the first book of James Joyce that I've read. It was very delightful to hear it read by Irish men and women.

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  • Nathan Anderson
  • 08-03-18

loved it all. and started it again

i loved the whole thing. and then the last book. the dead. i couldn't help but just go back and listen again

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