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3.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 5 3.72 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Virginia Woolf Narrator: Laura Paton Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2000 ISBN:
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Orlando is one of the most unforgettable creations of twentieth-century literature. He emerges as a young man at the court of Queen Elizabeth I and progresses, with breathtaking ease, through three centuries until, by now a woman, she arrives in the bustle and diversion of the 1920's. For Virginia Woolf, a leading figure of the Bloomsbury Group, Orlando was more than a fantastic flight of imagination. It was a roman á clef, a love letter for her lover, the charismatic, eccentric bisexual, Vita Sackville West. Orlando's journey, from wondrous youth barbed by love, to feted writer, settled in her femininity, is a wild and curiously relevant fable for our times. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fiona | 2/20/2014

    " Didn't really get to grips with this book but I was young when I read it so should probably try again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Magdalena Edwards | 1/30/2014

    " I don't remember when I first read this book, but once is definitely not enough. A lyrical and comedic rhapsody that is not your usual Woolf! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaime | 1/18/2014

    " Everything, in fact, was something else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katelyn | 12/31/2013

    " Very interesting commentary in the form of fiction from Woolf on gender and society throughout different ages in England. I saw the movie once but I didn't pay attention much because I knew I wanted to read it eventually. Must re-watch soon. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Adrienne Quint | 12/18/2013

    " I enjoy her other books but I just could not get into this one. I had to force myself to finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra | 12/5/2013

    " A look a love, gender, and patriarchy from a male and female perspective. The movie is quite good as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan | 11/3/2013

    " pretty much perfect...lot's of things like this: 'a space no wider than the blade of a knife separates happiness from melancholy.' so true, so true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 clara | 10/28/2013

    " i really liked this wonderful story as she seamlessly travels through time...knocking down conventions along the way...if you don't have time - see the movie - it is also really good... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 9/26/2013

    " Pretty wonderful. In fact, it was very rarely anything but wonderful, and when it wasn't you knew it would be soon enough. Crazy, romantic, important, beautiful... You can have more adjectives if you want, most of the good ones apply. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 9/13/2013

    " I've had a hard time with Virginia, from time to time wanting to scream at her for a little action. This one is far from boring. It's a delight, and considering when it was written, quite ahead of it's time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Krisette Spangler | 8/30/2013

    " I just found myself wondering why anyone would write a book of this sort. The author had her reasons for the story, but it was a waste of time to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 8/18/2013

    " Makes me wonder what the sex between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West was like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah Mccarney | 2/19/2013

    " A depiction of the place of gender within society that does not choose a corner to fight - I enjoyed this novel for more than one particular reason, however did not enjoy the essay research that came with my initial encounter :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryn | 1/9/2013

    " Really hilarious and provocative. This book was essentially Virginia Woolf's love letter to Vita Sackville-West, and it's remarkable in the fact that it's so playful while also, you know, redefining human consciousness and subverting ideas of gender. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela Duea | 11/21/2012

    " Witty and fascinating look at gender and society, but as with all Woolf's books, I will have to read it again to analyze the meanings and themes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali Gaudet Yarrow | 11/3/2012

    " i liked this one more than The Years. Also more than Three Guineas. It's no The Waves, of course, but androdgeny is the new black. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Afrothunder | 7/27/2012

    " Liked this better than Mrs Dalloway. SLowly making my way through her works... mrs D was too flowery for my liking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tomi-Ann | 5/10/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya | 6/25/2011

    " Virginia Woolfe is a brilliant and thoughtful writer who uses her work to explore the inner musings of her own troubled mind....Orlando is a fantastic story...and if you are not careful you may even believe the tale.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Petty | 6/18/2011

    " My cover is different, but the cover does not make the book. So beautiful in so many ways. "

  • 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

Laura Paton trained at LAMDA where she won the St. Philip’s Prize for poetry and the Michael Warre Award. She has toured the UK extensively in productions as varied as The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Oscar Wilde’s Salomé. Among her audiobook recordings are Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, Dumas’ The Lady of the Camellias, and Grimms’ Fairy Tales.