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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.
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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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By Lara on 10-25-12

This does not work on an apple mac!!!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS IF YOU HAVE A MAC!!!

Has Mrs. Dalloway turned you off from other books in this genre?

DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS IF YOU HAVE A MAC!!!

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Annette Bening?

DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS IF YOU HAVE A MAC!!!

What character would you cut from Mrs. Dalloway?

DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS IF YOU HAVE A MAC!!!

Any additional comments?

DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS IF YOU HAVE A MAC!!!

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By Wras on 02-18-18

A book for writers and aficionados of literature


This work describes a period and a class of people, the characters live deep in their cultural bubble and have no other perspective, the plot is a thread that appears and disappears at the whim of the writer. the characters relations are not all apparent unless you know from having read about it and even after knowing to me they appear so esoteric they added very little to the book.

The writing is brilliant and closer to a modern style but still fool of mannerisms that make you feel that this should have been a poem because it is so concentrated in feeling and form.

Is it worth reading? yes if only for Septimus and his passages, he moved me because he could not feel after surviving the great war and knew he was lost in fear and beauty, for me he is the heart of the book the only person that was outside the frivolity of everyday life. he is the masterpiece, all others are just the drone of repetition.

NOW about the narrator: I did not feel she was hard to understand or that she joined sentence, she was clear and well delivered. Some said they will get the book and read it, they will find that the cadence and length of the paragraphs will not change but of course they will have the pleasure of rereading the passage till it satisfies them and for those that need an English person reading it; what accent would you like her to have and how acted does this need to be?

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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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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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