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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (43,694 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Virginia Woolf Narrator: Juliet Stevenson Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2000 ISBN:
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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 twentieth century. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandy | 2/10/2014

    " What beautiful, lyrical, breathtaking writing. This woman was a genius who molded English language into masterpieces of art. I am not usually one to go gaga over such a writing style, but Virginia Woolf has got me hooked. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emeline Bruley | 1/31/2014

    " Beautiful thoughts and mind-reading. A bit too long and too unconcrete at times, for my taste, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicola Waldron | 1/28/2014

    " Read it again and finally got it (I think!) -- she really is the finest of writers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gillian | 1/22/2014

    " Once I got past the initial confusion of whose thoughts we were experiencing at any given time, I really enjoyed it. As I read, I really felt I began to know the characters as people, represented by their own good and bad perceptions of themselves, and the good and bad perceptions of the other characters. I've been thinking a great deal about the concept of "seeing" lately, and the character of Lily Briscoe really "opened my eyes" (excuse the pun and cliche) to a new way of seeing and thinking about people. The whole story was really fascinating, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading fiction closely (otherwise it's easier to be confused with her style). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tyler | 1/19/2014

    " I'm either not smart enough or not patient enough to appreciate this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roisin O'Brien | 1/15/2014

    " I love the way Woolf writes. Her sentences flow seemlessly on, as she moves between different characters, and makes out of the tiniest details poetry. I found this harder to get into, however, than Mrs.Dalloway. Still, Woolf creates, again, two really interesting female characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuck Knight | 1/10/2014

    " This is one of my favorite modernist novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sophie Roberts | 12/21/2013

    " This took me a while to get into but it really is a beautiful and melancholy insight into human nature. Books that make you think are the best kind of books, and this is certainly one of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianne Lange | 12/6/2013

    " Read it for the second time, and love it even more. Lighthouse goes on my Top 10 Favorites of All Time list. It just gets better and better...or am I getting wiser and wiser? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tneter | 11/26/2013

    " stream of consciousness - ugh! hated it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cody VC | 11/18/2013

    " the only reason it's four instead of five is because i found it a little too elliptical in places. i plan to return to this after a few months/a year (or thereabouts) and see if more life experience helps me get into it more fully. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 7/18/2013

    " This was another of the classics I didn't read during my formal education.....and I really can't say that I'm a big fan of stream of consciousness writing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 psm | 6/1/2012

    " would gladly set fire to lily briscoe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren Garrett | 4/25/2012

    " This time I was struck by Woolf's obsession with the pointillism of human perception- the way a moment or image is complete and true in isolation, but then has to be seen as a fragment inconsistent with the next for a larger picture or self to emerge. My students like it cause it's weird. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikael Kuoppala | 3/9/2012

    " The novel depicts a normal afternoon through the eyes of several characters in a secluded community of artists. Woolf's stream of conciousness technique yet again manages to create a very deep and modern psychological level. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tnahsin Garg | 1/25/2012

    " It will need a second read before I can fully grasp the ideas of this book... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sam | 8/4/2011

    " I found this really hard- going and gave up- which is unusual for me. I found that I had no connection at all with the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice Sather | 7/30/2011

    " My first Wolfe, in High school. Still important to me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sydney Hebert | 7/28/2011

    " Tried to read this book for school but simply could not get through it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 5/24/2011

    " Sometimes I go back to this book just to read the last 1/3. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielroffle | 5/13/2011

    " I remember this feeling fresh, and something about a woman with chinese eyes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amie | 5/7/2011

    " A favorite for a long long time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 5/7/2011

    " Had to read this in high school and strongly disliked it. Woolf's writing style is so hard to be interested in. Weak plot, slow read, not recommended unless you really like Virginia Woolf. Maybe since I had to read it for a class, I was less engaged in it. I wouldn't have read it on my own time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 4/20/2011

    " I found the writing style hard to get used to – and even after it became somewhat familiar it never became easy. However, it is fairly rewarding in the end. And relatively short. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi | 4/17/2011

    " I am not a big fan of modernism style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 S.K. | 4/15/2011

    " Such supple craft and prose that the work can only be called a thing of beauty. Utmost excellence and profundity —— the most beautiful book in the world. "

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About the Author
Author Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf (1882–1941) was born in London, the daughter of Sir Leslie Stephen, first editor of the Dictionary of National Biography. From 1915 when she published her first novel, The Voyage Out, Woolf maintained an astonishing output of fiction, literary criticism, essays, and biography. In 1912 she married Leonard Woolf, and in 1917 they founded the Hogarth Press. Woolf suffered a series of mental breakdowns throughout her life, and on March 28, 1941, she committed suicide.

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.