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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (30,264 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Virginia Woolf Narrator: Juliet Stevenson Publisher: CSA Word Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN:
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A Room of One's Own, based on a lecture given at Girton College Cambridge, is one of the great feminist polemics. Woolf's blazing polemic on female creativity, the role of the writer, and the silent fate of Shakespeare's imaginary sister remains a powerful reminder of a woman's need for financial independence and intellectual freedom.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 2/20/2014

    " I LOVED this essay! A timly classic to say the least! It has inspired me to become a better writer. Hopefully, one day, I will be getting as much acclaim for my essays as she did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 2/18/2014

    " Dear Virginia Woolf, keeper of the flame, loved by young women everywhere. In A Room of One's Own, Woolf telegraphed her blessing to a whole generation of younger women to explore and create on their own terms. She had a tremendous impact on my generation, the baby boomers, and on my daughters' generation as well. I was given this book by the sound man for the Patti Smith Group, an odd introduction, but one that worked. Actually, Woolf might have enjoyed Patti's lyrical creations. Hmm...got to think about that one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kajsa Björn | 2/15/2014

    " I can't possibly give this book any more than one star, it was the longest 100 pages I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Antigonal | 2/6/2014

    " Realmente me puso a pensar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/28/2014

    " I like parts of it I read last year for a feminist theory class, and this book is still really good. She really makes us think about what lets us write and be creative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucy | 1/27/2014

    " Incredible to think it was written before the 2nd world war - a lot of what she writes still seems relevant today. Very observant and compelling in subject matter as well as how she writes. My first Virginia Woolf, but won't be the last. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 1/26/2014

    " An optional book to read as part of IB English, and a brilliant book about Woolf's views of women in literature. Beautifully written "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yuki | 1/23/2014

    " It took me a chapter to figure out if I might like her writing and I don't think that I do... but now I am curious about her fiction and would like to pick one up and see if I might enjoy it more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moses Kilolo | 1/13/2014

    " Whatever else one may think, this books is a profound source of insights for any one even remotely interested in living the 'literary life!' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 1/9/2014

    " I read this when I was in high school but I'm re-reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christiana | 12/16/2013

    " Virginia virginia virginia, metaphores like mirrors in rivers. And Hurrah to the high life! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marion | 11/28/2013

    " - By hook or by crook, I hope that you will possess yourselves of money enough to travel and to idle, to contemplate the future or the past of the world, to dream over books and loiter at street corners and let the line of thought dip deep into the stream. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy Lu | 11/22/2013

    " She's obviously intelligent and opinionated, but also comes off (to me at least) as a little snobbish. Made some excellent points (androgynous mind, distinction between literary genius and passion, etc) and brought up some other things I want to research a little more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gloriavirtutisumbra | 11/18/2013

    " I did enjoy this, but i dont know if any of the rooms i reside in can qualify as 'my own' in the sense she meant... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat Tucker | 11/11/2013

    " This extended essay based on a series of lectures Virginia Woolf delivered at two women's colleges is the first book I've read by her. I got bogged down in places but was glad I read it since it gave me some new perspectives on age-old problems concerning women's rights. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wolverina | 7/16/2013

    " Very much the product of olden style middle class feminism. Certainly worth a read, however it's perspective is quite limited making its eloquent points frustrating at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Xin Tian | 6/26/2013

    " Fantastic and snarky. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 6/4/2013

    " I accidentally bought this for a class in which I had the previous semester's reading list. I'm very glad I did read it, it's a truly amazing work for it's time "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shaina | 1/20/2013

    " Difficult to read . . . lots of history . . . but interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernadette Ryan | 9/5/2012

    " Little needs to be said about this book. Virgina Woolf wrote this book in response to a lecture she was asked to give, about women and fiction. While in no way definitive, it certainly is a starting step for anyone interested in the subject. Has some cracking quotes too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisabeth | 9/5/2012

    " This is a timeless piece as all (I speak for ALL!) female writers can identify with... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meg Trucano | 12/24/2011

    " If you're in the mood for some somewhat dry yet pertinent prose, this one's for you. Talks about themes important to women of all ages, and Woolf explicates these tough issues well enough for nearly anyone to understand. As I mentioned, though, definitely dry in some places. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaretannhamilton | 11/18/2011

    " this thrilled my teenaged heart. I don't dare re-read it for fear of disappointment "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 10/17/2011

    " When I first read "Orlando" as an earnest young feminist, I missed a lot. This is not just a tract on gender and identity (as I thought then) but a witty send-up of everything from sex roles to historiography to Woolf's own intellectual elitism. Lots of fun all the way around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Destroydecay | 9/13/2011

    " I enjoyed the beginning more than the end and the wit of the book. Not what I expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne | 9/7/2011

    " This goes on the to re-read list. So imaginative and truthful. I found myself underlining sentences on every other page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 8/23/2011

    " Divertente, eccezionale, lirico, canzonatorio, introspettivo.
    E' proprio come una vacanza, ha ragione il riassunto sul retro-copertina. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 8/19/2011

    " I'm giving Orlando five stars because I'm in awe of Woolf's writing and the way she somehow weaved a highly improbable tale into one that became only moderately improbable. I don't know that I actually understood all the layers of the book but I was entranced. Bewildered. Exhilirated! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frenchija | 8/17/2011

    " It was something extraordinary, different from what I've read before, but I couldn't say I didn't enjoy it. It was full of surprises. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bunny | 8/15/2011

    " Read for school over a year ago. It may have been because it was an assignment but I had a tough time getting into it, after I got a quarter through though I was hooked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 8/12/2011

    " Woolf writes a great sentence, and this is one of the most pleasant books I've read in some time. It sounds like I'm calling it slight; maybe I am. It will probably take a bit of thinking about this book before I've become completely clear on exactly what I think of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Xdyj | 8/12/2011

    " A humorous and powerful account on romanticism, the nature and power of words, and gender as a social construction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa | 8/8/2011

    " This might be my favorite book of all time. I don't think there's a single page that doesn't have notes scribbled in the margins.

    Boldly questions our conceptions of gender, time and "propriety," with prose as beautiful as a painting. "

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About the Author
Author Virginia WoolfVirginia Woolf (1882-1941) was one of the major literary figures of the twentieth century. An admired literary critic, she authored many essays, letters, journals, and short stories in addition to her groundbreaking novels.
About the Narrator

Juliet Stevenson is a British actress on stage and screen and notably a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has also appeared in popular films such as Bend It Like Beckham and Mona Lisa Smile. She was honored as Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. She received further recognition when she was nominated for several BAFTA Awards, and she earned an Olivier Award for her role in Death and the Maiden.