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The Dead

Narrated by: Michael Orenstein
Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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Summary

Often cited as the best work of short fiction ever written, Joyce's elegant story details a New Year's Eve gathering in Dublin that is so evocative and beautiful that it prompts the protagonist's wife to make a shocking revelation to her husband - closing the story with an emotionally powerful epiphany that is unsurpassed in modern literature."The Dead" is the final short story in Joyce's 1914 collection Dubliners. It is the longest story in the collection and widely considered to be one of the greatest short stories in the English language.

Public Domain (P)2013 Trout Lake Media

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  • Anna
  • 19-10-16

Great short listen - tension builds at the end!

Nice short read - nice introduction to James Joyce without taking on one of the longer books. Tension really builds and I could not stop listening at the end. The reader's Irish accent adds something but I found it a bit hard to understand sometimes.

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  • Rob Osborne
  • 07-11-16

It's Joyce well read…

Uncertain of Joyce? Well, don't be… Uncertain of the narrator? Rest easy…

Slow to develop but with a powerful punch at the end, this is True Art…

Not manipulative but manifest…

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  • W Perry Hall
  • 10-08-15

Holistic, Hypnotic Look at the Past and Present

The Dead is likely the most poignant and holistic look in literature at the ends of roads in our lives, lost loves and expectations (our personal myths of the perfect life, which for many are shattered along the way). Joyce's prose here is hypnotic.

I had read this before, but I thought I'd have another go on audio. While I think it's probably worth the price, I'd suggest the print edition if you haven't read it. The narrator laid the Irish brogue on too thick for my taste.

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  • K2
  • 12-11-18

Great reader, terrible story

It felt like a very dry story to me, with no real plot or purpose. But the reader did an excellent job and made it better to listen to.

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  • Marian Kennedy
  • 13-12-16

Not the best Narrator

What made the experience of listening to The Dead the most enjoyable?

I did not finish listening to this. I found the narration was not nuanced and so stopped listening.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dead?

The description of the supper table.

What three words best describe Michael Orenstein’s voice?

I'm not sure.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.