• Mrs. Dalloway

  • By: Virginia Woolf
  • Narrated by: Annette Bening
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-04-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (22 ratings)

Regular price: $19.95

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Publisher's Summary

Mrs. Dalloway, perhaps Virginia Woolf’s greatest novel, follows English socialite Clarissa Dalloway as she prepares for a party in post-World War I London. Four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (American Beauty, The Kids Are All Right) performs Woolf’s stream-of-consciousness style of storytelling brilliantly, exploring the hidden springs of thought and action in one day of a woman’s life.
When we first meet Clarissa Dalloway, she is preoccupied with the last-minute minutiae of party-planning while being flooded with memories of long ago. Clarissa then examines the realities of the present as the story travels forwards and back in time and in and out of different characters’ minds.
Mrs. Dalloway is daring not only in its stream-of-consciousness form, but also in its content. Woolf’s depiction of Septimus Warren Smith brings to light the ugly and often ignored truth of how the brutality of war can drive men mad. We also get to see in depth how our main protagonist, Clarissa Dalloway, suffers from her own form of psychological damage: the more subtle, everyday oppression of English society.
Mrs. Dalloway is part of Audible’s A-List Collection, featuring the world’s most celebrated actors narrating distinguished works of literature that each star helped select. For more great books performed by Hollywood’s finest, click here.

©1925 The Estate of Virginia Woolf (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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2 out of 5 stars
By Ben on 06-03-18


The only good thing about this much-vaunted novel is its capacity to build up a person's appetite to read Ulysses again. Just consider what would happen if you took Septimus and Lucrezia out of the picture. How slight it would be. Exploitation much?

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5 out of 5 stars
By Howard Taylor on 08-11-14

A Classic Really Well Done

What did you love best about Mrs. Dalloway?

Annette Bening may seem an odd choice for this very English novel, but she does an absolutely fantastic job. This is the very kind of book that works well in an audio version because you want to go slowly to savour the language.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Sal on 08-31-15

Sending it, back

I begin by confessing that only two stars for the story because I will buy the paper version of this novel in order to complete it. This is only the second audio book that I am returning. My review is not of the writing or the story.

The narration is, disjointed? and the intonation is such that you find, yourself working out how the sentence you have just listened. To was written. So many sentences with the last word attached to the beginning of the. Next that it becomes a translation. Exercise.

At 1 Hour and 58 minutes I shouted at it. Don't shoot the messenger. That was the point at which I realised that it has to go back.

Unusually, I do not recommend this audiobook. I hereby pledge to all the Woolf fans out there that I will honour the author by reading it.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Sotty on 11-11-15

Poorly narrated

I really struggled with this audiobook. I admit I have never read the paper copy but the narration was incredibly poor which made it almost impossible to follow. The sentences are disjointed and I couldn't tell when one sentence ended and another began. Very disappointing

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6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Melinda on 04-26-15

Highly original with poetic prose

A portrait of Mrs Clarissa Dalloway through multiple perspectives and points of view, including her own. The prose flows in lyrical streams of consciousness in momentary, sensory flashes, from Mrs Dalloway and those who surround her. Poetic, lyric, exquisite prose, this highly original work breaks open character conventions to reveal the social niceties, anxieties and hypocrisy of the times.

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0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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