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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Perhaps. It's something that few people would seek out on their own.
If you’ve listened to books by Virginia Woolf before, how does this one compare?
Somewhat less grim than her polemics, a witty fantasy.
What about Clare Higgins’s performance did you like?
Superb reading, showing fluency and thorough familiarity with the material and idiom. It made me able to pretend I was hearing the voice and thoughts of the author, as she projected them into her protagonist.
If you could rename Orlando, what would you call it?
Migrations of a soul
Any additional comments?
Vivid descriptions of wonderful natural and social environments; no direct dialog or conversations; some devastating skewering of the follies of manners and institutions, as in essays; rambling plot and erratic pace, with many digressions and ellipses; humorous turns of phrase; interesting characters.
Not nearly enough pause breaks for skipping back if you miss one or two intricate sentences among the dense verbiage.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Orlando by Virgina Woolf has totally enchanted me. It is beautifully written with an extraordinary abundance of vocabulary and mastery of the English language. Woolf transports you effortlessly to a world where ages succeed one another depicting all the world changes typical of the corresponding era. But Orlando lives through them all. And although his gender changes, his personality, so rich and versatile, does not and stays fascinating throughout the whole book which holds you spellbound from the very first word to the last. Clare Higgins is a gifted narrator and her clear and musical diction contributes to the enjoyment of the story. I have listened to the book twice and I intend to do it more times. I also intend to purchase more books by the author.
17 of 19 people found this review helpful
This is an outstanding pieces of literature. I came to this title by accident following a audible recommendation link from a previous title, The Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffeneggar.
This voyage through life and time is superb. Humorous, intense and subtle. He, then she, Orlando, touches, brushes and grasps each era from the 16th to the 20th century. An imaginative classic, this work is accessible and highly recommended!
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
They stream of consciousness style and dry wit is suited perfectly to an audiobook. Also, Clare Higgin's voice is perfectly suited to the work, and I want her to record all of Virginia Woolf's work.
It is magical, perfectly produced and the only disappointment is that 8 hours and 43 mins is over much, much too quickly. It is one of the few audiobooks that I will listen to again.
Wonderful, magical, surprising, original, beautiful, bold and full of love.
Listen to the sample . . . and then you will find that you must get this audiobook.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful