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3.51 out of 53.51 out of 53.51 out of 53.51 out of 53.51 out of 5 3.51 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Virginia Woolf Narrator: Clare Higgins Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2005 ISBN:
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Fantasy, love offering, exuberant celebration of English life and literature, Orlando is a uniquely entertaining novel. Originally conceived by Virginia Woolf as a playful tribute to Vita Sackville-West, Orlando's central character lives as both a man and a woman through four centuries. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrdavidpeat | 2/15/2014

    " An amusing historical whimsy that looks at gender performativity and the arrogance of writing poetry. A pleasing whistle-stop journey through 400 years of European history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samara Seibel | 2/14/2014

    " One of her most imaginative, beautiful books, asking questions about gender fluidity before it was a pop culture topic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carmen | 2/3/2014

    " A weird book... not my favorite, but interesting (to a point). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn Knight Randolph | 2/2/2014

    " Virginia Woolf never disappoints, and I loved this novel--it's different from that which she typically writes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 2/1/2014

    " Had no idea what this book was about, just hooked onto it because I'd never read any books by Virginia Woolf and the description mentioned this book as one of her more "accessible" works. Hmmm.... so it hit me like a brick when all of a sudden the male main character is transformed into a woman. It was a shock, and then I was somewhat disappointed because my beginning effort at getting into the book and becoming attached to Orlando and the wonderful rhythm of the language felt yanked out of my grasp. I had to go read some background on the novel to feel like it was "okay" to keep reading--that Woolf had probably based Orlando on a woman Woolf had a "crush" on, etc. I guess I just didn't have enough connection to Orlando as a main character to suspend my disbelief about his sudden gender-switching. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clifton | 1/29/2014

    " I have loved "Orlando" from the first time I read it in the 70's and wrote a Jungian interpretation of the book for the scholarly journal, "Modern Fiction Studies." It is Woolf's most lighthearted, fantastical book, a fictional homage to her one-time lover, Vita Sackville-West, a literary history of England, and much, much more. I can't recommend it too highly. "

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

    " one of vwoolf's most accessible works, i think; not that that's a bad thing. and the [relative] lightness of orlando is refreshing among the clarissa dalloways and the septimuses, the lily briscoes and the rhodas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Huma Rashid | 1/20/2014

    " I don't much care for Virginia Woolf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alinder | 1/16/2014

    " My favorite Woolf so far. A great read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gosia | 12/11/2013

    " one of those books I don't understand and myself I don't find them genius.. just crazy and without sense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mckenzie | 11/27/2013

    " Beautifully written--categorized as fiction, but an actual biography of her intimate friend, Vita Sackville-West. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaya | 11/20/2013

    " Magical! Don't read the back of the book before reading this. The movie, with Tilda Swinton, doesn't really do this justice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dany | 11/6/2013

    " Woolf has some really incredible passages in this book. Her comprehension on the fluidity of sex and gender is really amazing, and she even makes fun of herself. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggieg | 8/30/2013

    " I came quite late to Virginia Woolf but I've enjoyed everything I've read so far and Orlando was no exception - probably the best yet. A magical, surreal tale quite different from her other books that I've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 7/10/2013

    " Getting better :) Her peverse, arrogant depression isn't in this later work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Micah | 3/18/2013

    " I do believe that one lifetime would have been sufficient! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 sos0 | 10/18/2012

    " "feminist"/love story version of parody books like crying of lot 49.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephy | 9/15/2012

    " Of all Virginia Woolf's writing, I do believe Orlando is my favorite. It's approachable from many viewpoints. This certainly qualifies as Classics and Great Literature, yet it is a really fun read. I consider it a comfort read, and re-read it about every three years. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven Beales | 6/28/2012

    " Did not like this nearly as much as I expected to ... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jesse | 1/31/2012

    " 1 star is too much. This was so awful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillian | 1/31/2012

    " Brilliant and charming, Woolf toys with gender, time, literary conventions, and her reader, all with an expert hand. A fantastic read that I put off for far too long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tomi-Ann | 10/28/2011

    " I've read and re-read this book several times. I've taught it. Well -- it's a masterpiece. Of course Virginia Woolf wrote it, so it ought to be a masterpiece. My recommendation: read Middlesex, then read Orlando. You'll be amazed that she penned it in 1928. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordan Pennington | 8/20/2011

    " This book inspired me to get a sex change and live forever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa | 5/17/2011

    " I was the only person in my class who really liked this book when we read it. I remember feeling the transformation in the middle of the story to be almost necessary for the plot. I also think it's something all men should experience, at least for a while! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 5/10/2011

    " Highly enjoyable and thought provoking, even funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Huma | 5/4/2011

    " I don't much care for Virginia Woolf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordan | 4/28/2011

    " This book inspired me to get a sex change and live forever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 4/21/2011

    " This book was a lot of work. Woolf pulls out all of the stops on artistic license. If you try to take it literally you will pull what's left of your hair out. Reading it as poetry seems to work better. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mercedes | 4/13/2011

    " I read the first 100 pages, and skimmed the rest. Boring as hell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camille | 4/12/2011

    " Virginia Woolf never seizes to impress me, in this novel she explores the role of gender in society by writing about Orlando, a man who turns into a woman when he/she turns 30. Woolf achieves to give awareness of female writers and how they are sometimes disregarded in literature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 4/11/2011

    " Kinda kooky, but the prose is so beautiful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lily | 4/11/2011

    " LbW selection, October 2010. Fascinating critique of the biography, her father's area of expertise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chelsey | 4/2/2011

    " fun, but a little dragged out at the end. glad i read it, though. definitely interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 3/27/2011

    " i gave up and didn't finish
    liked the first part but then got bogged down
    I loved it as a play but had a hard time with it as a book
    some lovely parts but not enough to hold me
    SORRY "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Starfish | 3/22/2011

    " I liked this except for the last 3 pages. "

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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

Clare Higgins, an award-winning English actress, is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. As a stage actress, she has had leading roles in London and on Broadway in such plays as A Streetcar Named Desire, Night of the Iguana, and Measure for Measure. She has had roles in numerous BBC television plays and series, including Downton Abbey. In film, she best known for Hellraiser, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, and The Golden Compass. Her acting awards include three Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, and a London Critics Circle Award. She has narrated more than a dozen audiobooks, earning three AudioFile Earphones Awards.