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Mrs. Dalloway | [Virginia Woolf]

Mrs. Dalloway

Mrs. Dalloway, perhaps Virginia Woolf’s greatest novel, vividly follows English socialite Clarissa Dalloway as she prepares for a party in post-World War I London. Four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (American Beauty, The Kids Are All Right) brings Woolf’s stream-of-consciousness style of storytelling to life, exploring the hidden springs of thought and action in one day of a woman’s life in a brilliant performance.
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Publisher's Summary

Mrs. Dalloway, perhaps Virginia Woolf’s greatest novel, follows English socialite Clarissa Dalloway as she prepares for a party in post-World War I London. Four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (American Beauty, The Kids Are All Right) performs Woolf’s stream-of-consciousness style of storytelling brilliantly, exploring the hidden springs of thought and action in one day of a woman’s life.

When we first meet Clarissa Dalloway, she is preoccupied with the last-minute minutiae of party-planning while being flooded with memories of long ago. Clarissa then examines the realities of the present as the story travels forwards and back in time and in and out of different characters’ minds.

Mrs. Dalloway is daring not only in its stream-of-consciousness form, but also in its content. Woolf’s depiction of Septimus Warren Smith brings to light the ugly and often ignored truth of how the brutality of war can drive men mad. We also get to see in depth how our main protagonist, Clarissa Dalloway, suffers from her own form of psychological damage: the more subtle, everyday oppression of English society.

Mrs. Dalloway is part of Audible’s A-List Collection, featuring the world’s most celebrated actors narrating distinguished works of literature that each star helped select. For more great books performed by Hollywood’s finest, click here.


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What the Critics Say

“Bening's work here is fine…her tone offers its characteristic grace…both this narrator and this novelist offer tremendous gifts.” (AudioFile)

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    Cris Lake Waccamaw, NC, United States 12-01-12
    Cris Lake Waccamaw, NC, United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Yawn, snooze"

    I really tried, but I could not get into this book. I wanted to like Annette Bening but I kept drifting off... I regret purchasing this book.

    7 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Jackson OXFORD, GEORGIA, US 11-06-12
    Dana Jackson OXFORD, GEORGIA, US 11-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    Would you try another book from Virginia Woolf and/or Annette Bening?

    I will definitely try another Virginia Woolf book, but never another Annette Bening. I hate to be so critical, because I really like Annette Bening as an actress, but I thought her performance reading this book was painfully dull and basically terrible. None of the characters had any personality with her delivery, when I knew they should. It makes me think twice about the other books performed by other celebs/actors. At least these new classics that have been promoted. I am still a huge fan of Will Patten as a performer though. I dont want to lump them all in with this poor experience.


    What didn’t you like about Annette Bening’s performance?

    I didn't At all.


    Any additional comments?

    I typically don't write comments. I listen to too many books, most of which I like a lot, but this one was considerably bad. Sorry Audible.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Carly Dondo 11-20-13
    Carly Dondo 11-20-13
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    "Junior High School reading"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It's hard to concentrate when it seems that the reader -- Bening - isn't. Her reading is amateurish -- surprising -- and one feels she is not "present.' Her voice is pleasant enough, but that's not enough. She's supposed to be an actress.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia M. Clay PEN ARGYL, PA, United States 03-14-13
    Patricia M. Clay PEN ARGYL, PA, United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Not overwhelmed by Mrs. Dalloway"

    First off, Annette Bening is excellent. I just did not at all get into this story. I wanted some big revelation at the end of this novel. Maybe there was one, but it just fell flat for me. Life in this book is so boring and tedious. There is much thinking of when life was not boring and tedious, but I just find it depressing. Probably like real life! Worth the listen for Ms. Bening's performance, probably great if you love the novel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 09-27-13
    Ann 09-27-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Unfinished"
    Any additional comments?

    This is an interesting little introduction. It's just a shame that she never got around to actually writing the book. As it is, this is deeply unsatisfying - just a snippet.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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