The prose is often beautiful, and the asides about art and philosophy were just right--long enough not to be flippant, and short enough not to detract from the main narrative.
Only some. It's odd structure and lack of central point or message would make it unappealing to a lot of people, I think. I found those things to be strengths, but that's just my personal taste. A lot of the characters are also unrelatable and not particularly lovable.
I would avoid her if I had the option, but I would try her again if necessary. She's just not that expressive, and it's too bad because some of the language in this book is really great. But coming from the narrator, who sounds almost bored for most of the book, the prose didn't stand out as much as it should have.
No. It would actually work against the themes the book is trying to forward by adding more.
Interesting book and worth listening to if you love language and non-chronological story structures and interesting ruminations that are more important than the actual story (in my view). Not for you if you want something with interesting/likeable characters, or a story with a "point." Often the story would linger on certain side characters, all of whom are odd in one way or another (often, it seems, just for the point of being odd, or maybe because a lot of them are artists...?)--and I would just find myself thinking "I don't care about this person or their pointless eccentricities! If you're not going to advance the plot then at least give me a character/situation I can care about!"
But when the book is good, it's very good. A mixed bag.
To the Lighthouse is among the better audiobooks I've listened to. For people who enjoy psychological novels with an emphasis on characterization rather than action, I highly recommend. The narration by Phyllida Law is absolutely excellent and she makes every sentence exciting and full of meaning, which is all the more impressive because of the complex sentence structures Virginia Woolf likes to use and the challenging structure of the story.
I would just attach a slight warning which is that the book has a tricky structure that flows seamlessly from one character's thoughts to another's. It can be difficult to follow if you are not paying close attention, so be warned that you need to pay close attention to get the most out of this book--it's not for casual listening. I myself will be re-listening to pick up what I missed the first time through (and because I think the book is rich enough to reward a second listening). I'm looking forward to it!
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