Uvula Audio

I have recently found Uvula Audio and I like them.  I am listening to  H.P. Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness” and enjoying it.  I never read Lovecraft before.  I can see why his work has been inspiration for the past and current Sci-Fi writers.

There are a few more Lovecraft stories at Uvula Audio that I will start on after this as well as some other authors.  I also don’t want to forget about Librivox.org, another good source for free audiobooks.

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Finished Ulysses

I finished listening to James Joyce’s Ulysses.  I am not a book critic but I can give you my impressions of the book.  It is long and rambling at times brilliant and other times strange 51nQaLjA0zL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_and difficult to follow.  I can see why this novel is considered a modern classic with the way Joyce uses different writing styles throughout the book to relate a 24-hour narrative.  There are several passages that I liked but it is difficult to concisely say what those passages are.  The critics, especially of the time, objected to the sexual content in the Nausicaä episode but I found the last episode, Penelope, detailing Molly Bloom’s thoughts to me more obscene.  I also have a hard time thinking that James Joyce knows what is going on inside a woman’s head enough to give a detailed description whereas it is more like a man’s fantasy of what women are thinking.  At least that is my two cents.

The voice acting of this audio book is excellent.  I was easily transported to the novel’s time period and the narration allowed me to engaged with the character uniquely.  The Librivox version of this book was too distracting given that different people voiced different episodes.

Next on the reading list, “At the Mountains of Madness” by H.P. Lovecraft.  I never read Lovecraft before although he has inspired countless movies and stories of our time.

On my way to Work with Ulysses

I like to listen to audiobooks on the way to work and back since most of my regular reading is devoted to reading for class.  I love librivox.org as a source of public domain material performed by volunteers.  I recommend listening to “Moby Dick” from Librivox and Frankenstein but,  I could not get into Jame Joyce’s “Ulysses.”  The recording was purposely done in a less than normal manner such as allowing street noises which to me was a distraction

Thanks to a free, two book trial, from audible.com, I downloaded a professional recording of Ulysses and it is superior.  The voice acting is done well and the audio is clear.

I’ve only gotten up the 4th chapter so far.  There is over 22 hours of audio in this book.  That’s like listening to The Bible on CD, which I have.  So far it is an interesting read.  The noted “stream of consciences” passages are a bit difficult to keep in mind while driving though.

Why Ulysses? It is generally recognized as one of the most important books of the 20th Century.  So, I thought I should read it as I am trying to catch up on the other Classics too.