To the Lighthouse

  • by Virginia Woolf
  • Narrated by Juliet Stevenson
  • 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

To the Lighthouse is Virginia Woolf's most accomplished novel, and her most autobiographical. It tells of one summer spent by the Ramsay family and their friends in their holiday home in Scotland. Offshore stands the lighthouse, remote, inaccessbile, an eternal presence in a changing wolrd. A projected visit to the lighthouse forms the heart of this extraordinary novel which, through the minds of the various characters, explores the nature of time, memory, transience and eternity. The style has the clarity of a diamond which shimmers in the mind, making To the Lighthouse one of the most unforgettable novels of the 20th century.

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Audible Editor Reviews

This classic character study takes on new life with Juliet Stevenson's masterful narration. She lends cohesion to the stream-of-consciousness passages, making them easier to follow. As Mrs. Ramsay and Lily Briscoe explore life's questions, Stevenson applies vocal traits to each character, reflecting personality and values. Both women speak in clear, kind tones, while gruffness captures Mr. Ramsay's essence and sarcasm dominates Mr. Tansley's. Light, airy notes accompany the children's words. Stevenson exhibits her critically acclaimed qualities - her lovely voice, perfect enunciation, earnestness and musical phrasing. She not only understands, but communicates with precision the overt and subtextual meaning of Woolf's prose.

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What the Critics Say

"British actress Juliet Stevenson makes for a better reader of Woolf's words than Nicole Kidman's Oscar-winning turn as Woolf in The Hours...Her reading is quietly, carefully precise, and that precision is a solid complement to Woolf's own measured, inward-looking prose." (Publishers Weekly)

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Better heard than read!

I love *To The Lighthouse* and have read it several times, so when I decided to listen to it I thought of it only as an old friend to revisit while flying. But it turned out to be very much more.

Some books are harder to follow listening. This one was clarified as I listened. The narration is so well done that I never confused the different characters, which I easily do when reading it myself. And the relationships in all their subtleties seem clearer.

I'm going right back for another listen!
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- Norman Wendth "I'm a retired college professor in love with books in all formats."

ONE OF HER BEST

Beautifully put together words to form a great novel. I just could picture the background scenes and the people as I was standing there with them. I can only say that one of her other novels "Orlando" can match it in my judgement.
I would add one other thought in case someone has not read anything by her. Mrs. Woolf's style of writing, was liberal, and kinda risky during her years of living. She kept that style thru her career.
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- Steven

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-26-2000
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks