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  • Ulysses (Dramatised)

  • By: James Joyce
  • Narrated by: Stephen Rea
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Ulysses (Dramatised)

By: James Joyce
Narrated by: Stephen Rea
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Summary

The young poet Stephen has been recalled from Paris to Dublin to be at his mother’s deathbed. But he refuses her dying wishes: to kneel and pray for her. Now, holed up in his Martello tower outside the city walls, he has to suffer the taunts of Buck Mulligan by day and, by night, the vision of ‘her eyes, shaking out of death to shake and bend my soul.’ Timelessly evocative, Ulysses is far more than the story of Stephen Dedalus’ journey through Dublin.

It is a huge, rich portrayal of human life. In this magnificent, highly accessible, part reading part dramatisation - which includes the famous Molly Bloom soliloquy - the power and truth of Joyce’s vision is as potent as ever. Ulysses stars Stephen Rea and Sinead Cusack, with an introduction by Seamus Heaney.

Public Domain (P)2012 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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Evocative Dramatisation of Joyce's Great Novel.

A compelling dramatisation of Joyce's great (and challenging novel). I wish I had been able to listen to this when reading in college. Brings the story to life without losing the literary genius of the author.

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Really excellent dramatisation magnificent acting

This really is top quality bbc stuff. Great performances and sympathetic editing. Really gets you To the comedy of old Joyce and away from all the academic malarky

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  • 29-04-19

Ulysses

Having struggled to get going on the paper version over the years this was a great alternative. I would definitely go for the dramatized version, it really brought the characters to life. Given the range of characters and accents this is difficult to do when reading it. Good to listen to whilst out for a walk.

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excellent drama

This BBC drama is very enjoyable. This adaptation is well done. The cast really bring it to life.

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A GOOD WAY TO LEARN WHAT ULYSSES THE BOOK IS ABOUT

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Enjoyable Easy Drama

What about Stephen Rea’s performance did you like?

Stephen Rea gives a good clear cut all round performance, he was aproachable and life like. You can relate to the character and appreciate how he feels about his cirmuctances.

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

I did listen in one go, I was recovring from an operation which meant I could not get out of bed for a few days, so Ulysses dramatised was a great way for me to understand this great work. I have read the book, but admit in drama it is much better to understand what this huge tome is about. I am now reading the book again and enjoying much more than first time round.

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Impenetrable

I have tried reading Ulysses twice and gave up. I thought I would give it a go as an audible book. The performances of the narrators are very good.

However, Joyce's work seems to be a case of "Emperor's new clothes". It's like the ramblings of a mentally ill person. If you want to lose several hours of your life, go ahead.

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