Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2010
CS ISBN 9781441743282 $79.95 Twenty-three cassettes
CD ISBN 9781441743299 $140.00 Twenty-four CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781441743329 $44.95 Three MP3-CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
ULYSSES, considered by many to be the preeminent novel of the modern era, has been recorded for audio before. But this new version, featuring narrator John Lee, has much to recommend it. Even though he’s English, Lee can summon up a convincing Irish accent, and his petulant reading gives the book a great deal of vigor. His pace is ideal, neither too fast to follow the complex novel nor too slow to be wearying. However, one problem plagues this reading: The monologue of Molly Bloom, which is the final chapter of the book, is read by Lee himself, rather than by a woman (as is the case in one other version). While Lee is certainly convincing, the lack of a female voice at the conclusion of this audiobook leaves this listener disappointed. K.M. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2010]
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