To the Lighthouse

  • by Virginia Woolf
  • Narrated by Nicole Kidman
  • 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

To the Lighthouse is Virginia Woolf’s arresting analysis of domestic family life, centering on the Ramseys and their visits to the Isle of Skye in Scotland in the early 1900s. Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge, Eyes Wide Shut), who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Woolf in the film adaptation of Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Hours, brings the impressionistic prose of this classic to vibrant life.
Split into three parts, the story observes Mrs. Ramsay, Mr. Ramsey, and their children at their vacation house on the Isle of Skye. While the novel follows seemingly trivial events between the family members, the plot takes a backseat to philosophical introspection, which gave the novel its fame as an icon of modernist literature. The Ramseys' quest to recapture meaning creates a powerful allegory of man’s impermanent battle with the tangible world.

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Nicole Kidman does a fantastic reading

If you could sum up To the Lighthouse in three words, what would they be?

Absolutely crazy wonderful


Who was your favorite character and why?

Each of the characters were important in their own way, but I think that William Banks was my favorite.


Which character – as performed by Nicole Kidman – was your favorite?

Nicole performed the Omnipotent narrator in such a way that she made me believe that she sould actually see into the minds of the characters.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It would have been impossible to sit and listen to this in just one sitting. It is a story that I could take in the information for about forty-five minutes, then sit quietly and process all that had happened.


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- Susan

Classic Virginia Woolf stream of consciousness

This is beautifully read by Nicole Kidman. Wolfe is not always easy to follow so you have to pay sharp attention to figure out the story. Nothing too dramatic happens as the story traces the summer home of a large family over the years and watches the developments and losses. Almost everything is from the view of women and the daily household happenings. Men and affairs of the outter world revolve around them almost without touching them except for big issues like deaths, marriages, wars. It is really lovely.
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- Patricia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-13-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios