To the Lighthouse

  • by Virginia Woolf
  • Narrated by Virginia Leishman
  • 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One of the icons of modernism, Virginia Woolf is credited alongside James Joyce for redefining the novel and challenging the limitations of the form. Published in 1927, To the Lighthouse helped establish Woolf among the 20th century?s most important and influential writers.At their second home on the Isle of Skye, the Ramsay family surrounds itself with friends and colleagues. They contend with World War I, family deaths, and hardships both spoken and unspoken. All the while, the lighthouse looms in the distance. Six-year-old James asks his father to take him there, but many years will pass before the voyage begins. Woolf was deeply interested in her characters' inner thoughts and feelings, and because of this, To the Lighthouse emerges as an unforgettable, introspective masterpiece.

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Character thought.

What did you love best about To the Lighthouse?

The way it was written with each characters thinking revealed.


What was one of the most memorable moments of To the Lighthouse?

The relationships of the characters and how they are revealed.


Would you be willing to try another one of Virginia Leishman’s performances?

Probably not. I had a real problem because all the characters were read with the same voice. It made it difficult to switch from one character to the next because they all sounded alike.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I thought it very interesting in the way it was written but had difficulty in telling characters apart. I did not laugh or cry. The thoughts of each person being revealed gave depth to the story.


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- Janey

The narrator is not very good

I've listened to quite a few audio books and I really dislike this narrator, specially during the dialogues. It was all read in the same monotone voice and as if she was learning to read.
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- Amy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-29-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books