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Summary

Form-defining short stories. 

First published in 1914, James Joyce defined what the short story could be with his collection Dubliners. A mixture of prose and poetry, each story can be listened to independently or as a collection. From childhood to maturity, we see what life - and ultimately death - can be, via an extraordinary cast of characters, all of whom experience an epiphany. There’s Father Flynn, the priest; Evelyn, the shop girl who dreams of escape; Mrs Mooney, the butcher’s daughter, who runs a boarding house. 

Joyce described the stories as ‘a moral history of my country’. Written by a young Joyce, with the devastating potato famine still in living memory, he wanted to explore the reasons why a city and its occupants could be so paralysed. For the modern listener, the stories also provide a fascinating snapshot of early 20th-century life - from clay pipes to sixpences, petticoats to ginger beer. In your mind’s eye, walk round Stephen’s Green, wander down Grafton Street and over the River Liffey. You’ll never forget this city or its occupants. 

The stories: 

  • 'The Sisters'
  • 'An Encounter'
  • 'Araby'
  • 'Eveline'
  • 'After the Race'
  • 'Two Gallants'
  • 'The Boarding House'
  • 'A Little Cloud'
  • 'Counterparts'
  • 'Clay'
  • 'A Painful Case'
  • 'Ivy Day in the Committee Room'
  • 'A Mother'
  • 'Grace'
  • 'The Dead'
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Love Chris O'Dowd's voice!

Only just started but Wow - the narration by Chris O'Dowd is incredible. It feels like getting a warm hug.

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A great listen

Chris O'Dowd is a fantastic choice of narrator for these short stories. I think I could listen to anything he narrated.

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Delightful reading.

only right at the very very end Audible PLEASE leave a longer gap before thusic comes in. allow us to enjoy those last lines.

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Rattling the bars

A quietly devastating collection of short stories of how the good folk of Dublin, in different ways, test the limits of their reality. For some it's a peek into the abyss, whether it be child abuse or alcoholism or vertiginous disappointment. Or for some transcending these limits will mean liberation and hope. But the step is not taken, and an enduring feeling from these stories is holding onto the bars of the cage, thinking wistfully of what might be or might have been. The last story, 'The Dead,' is a summary exhortation to escape the grey of societal expectations and norms, which the city of Dublin both typifies and transcends, and to seize the passionate moment, and live for love.
Chris O'Dowd's reading is warm and every word is delivered an artists attention to detail. A great production.

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O’Dowd amazing

Chris O’Dowd has put in a great performance - incredible range and ability to convey mood. First time reader of Joyce - ran hot and cold through the stories and their mundanity and routine, but think that was probably his intention. Was feeling exasperated at how it would all come together and then came the last intense 5 minutes of ‘the dead’, which seemed to provide a hopeful glimpse that one character might escape from his life of paralysis

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A Classic Treat

This is a treat, poetic prose in the beautiful Irish style and magnificently narrated in the soft, melodious voice of Chris Dowd. Perfect.
I will be listening to this recording many times.

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Brilliant

Absolutely brilliant- narration is superb ! The last tale was mesmerising and will listen to it again -Chris ODowd is perfect for this production

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Well written but...

Might read this now but the monotonous narration made it sound boring, which it probably isn't. The Irish accent didnt sound right and it just droned on so I lost the thread of the story.

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Perfection

O'Dowd was born to do this. He takes you by the hand to walk the streets and houses of Dublin. As a child once Said "I like the wireless better than TV. the pictures are better". Never more true than Chris's Dubliners.

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Poor choice of narrator

I like Chris O’Dowd, but this choice of reader for Dubliners is baffling. Joyce’s characters are Dublin through and through whilst O’Dowd’s accent is decidedly rural. A dreadful mismatch. After 15 minutes, I stoped listening.

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  • 07-05-21

Brought to life vividly clear images which ignited

Brought to life vividly clear images which ignited old forgotten memories of my teenage years

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  • 31-05-21

The best!

Chris O’Dowd is James Joyce reading his novel to you!!! Beautiful in every way! Don’t miss this!!!

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  • Benett E. Berkowitz
  • 24-06-22

Well done

I've listened to another version by multiple readers, but Chris O'Dowd is very pleasant on the ear and gets the language mostly right... The Dead, one of my favorites, is a bit too light... but always makes me want to watch the John Houston movie, which so fully captures all the flavors. Overall, well done!

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  • Frank Donnelly
  • 24-05-22

An Excellent Performance of James Joyce Modernist Short Stories

As a product, this narration is excellent. Mister O’Dowd does a fine job narrating these short stories. Whether or not an individual reader will enjoy these particular short stories is, of course, a matter of taste. These are modernist short stories. The plot, if any, is not the point of these stories.

These are related short stories about people of Dublin, similar to the related short stories of Winesburg Ohio. It is possible to find literary analysis on most of these stories. I needed to study these stories in order to really enjoy them. I needed to read all of these stories more than once, and study them, in order to gain a true appreciation. Thank You…

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  • mari garcia
  • 08-03-22

Brilliant performance

Mr. O’Dowd brought the Dubliners to life! Very moving and helped me appreciate Joyce’s writing to the fullest.

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  • John A.
  • 12-02-22

Great story

I enjoyed this story very much and found it to be exciting and relatable. I recommend this book.

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  • 07-02-22

Great performance

It’s a wonderful set of stories and Chris O’Dowd really brought them to life. Most enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous boyfriend
  • 05-01-22

Series of short stories

Good listen before Ulysses to get to know some of the characters, less digestible than portrait of the artist as a young man

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  • Leo Aprendi
  • 02-12-21

First rate narration of Joyce’s most lucid and straightforward work

Excellent performance of Joyce’s most accessible masterpiece. Sensitive pacing and seamless blending of voices and accents.

Understated and clear, like Joyce’s scrupulous and (for the time) unadorned prose.

Joyce’s modernist ethos put a lasting stamp on 20th century literature and remains a model of clarity over a century later.

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  • irishalto
  • 03-09-21

Joyce at his most understandable

Great. Narration is good except the stories are not separated well. When you start to listen it is confusing. One story’s ending, quick title and then the next story without even a breath. Credits were mixed up (chapter one and two)——in other words looks like someone rushed this through with poor editing. But tough to complain too much for the price, and as I said previously the narration is superb. Thanks