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How We Mortals Blame the Gods

By: Máirín Mc Sweeney
Narrated by: Aidan Kelly,Aoife McMahon
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Summary

On the verge of a marital breakup after the death of their stillborn son, a journalist, Omar Wilde, who is covering the Centenary Bloomsday celebrations of James Joyce’s Ulysses in Dublin, Ireland, is desperately looking for "the story" that will prove his worth to his disillusioned wife, Flora. While wandering around the Bloomsday celebrations, he and a young actor, Kiarán Lynch (Kinch), who, unbeknownst to Omar, is involved with his wife, find themselves embroiled in a potential terrorist attack. Faced with this life-threatening situation, Omar must finally conquer his fears and sense of failure before hundreds of people, including many dignitaries, are murdered horribly.

This audiobook is a shadowing of James Joyce’s Ulysses, set 100 years to the day, June 16, 2004, after Joyce’s masterpiece. It takes a contemporary look at similar issues such as religion, gender equality, and identity in modern Ireland and attempts to answer the question: If the characters of Joyce’s Ulysses were alive in modern Dublin, who might they be?

©2022 Mairin Mc Sweeney (P)2023 Mairin Mc Sweeney

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I have never read Joyce’s Ulysses, so was not sure what to expect. I had the physical book of How we Mortals Blame the Gods but I also bought the audiobook as I travel a lot and wow I was not disappointed!
From the first line the characters grab your attention, and I loved the entwining of their lives, the feelings that we can empathize with, the loss, love and the humor sprinkled throughout .
As an Irish person it was a flash back to the music, food and all that was making the news that year. A shout out to the amazing narrators that brought and already amazing book to life as you feel you are in Dublin on that day and know the characters in person. It was truly immersive and one of the best audiobooks I’ve listened to in a long time.
Highly recommended read!

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