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Orlando | [Virginia Woolf]

Orlando

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Public Domain ©1928 The Estate of Virginia Woolf; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Clare Higgins's supple, silky voice does justice to Woolf's literary landmark. The language of Orlando, peppered with alliterative phrases, flows effortlessly with perfect pacing by Higgins, and Woolf's dry wit shines through her performance." (AudioFile)

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    Steven baltimore, MD, USA 02-05-06
    Steven baltimore, MD, USA 02-05-06
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    "Way Ahead Of All Writers in That Era"

    What can I say. She was a writer that had visions where a writer would probably dare go in the year "Orlando" was written. She had a style of her own. A style that seem to catch on as time went by. As more writings, essays and stories came to press the more she became excepted as a top writer not only in Britian but also other areas such the US. She was most certain a women's right's supportor. At the same time she loved all her family including her husband Leonard. She also was very close with her sister and brother.
    As for the story "Orlando" it kept my interest right up til the very end. It is a love story with twist and turns and surprises. Iam sure you will find in very intersting and mysitical as I did. I have read a many of Mrs. Woolf stories and essays. "Orlando" I would rate high on HER charts for story line and writing expertise. Give it a sample listen it may get your curiosity.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Mayca Tel AvivIsrael 05-31-05
    Mayca Tel AvivIsrael 05-31-05
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    "Magical"

    Orlando by Virgina Woolf has totally enchanted me. It is beautifully written with an extraordinary abundance of vocabulary and mastery of the English language. Woolf transports you effortlessly to a world where ages succeed one another depicting all the world changes typical of the corresponding era. But Orlando lives through them all. And although his gender changes, his personality, so rich and versatile, does not and stays fascinating throughout the whole book which holds you spellbound from the very first word to the last. Clare Higgins is a gifted narrator and her clear and musical diction contributes to the enjoyment of the story. I have listened to the book twice and I intend to do it more times. I also intend to purchase more books by the author.


    Mayca Est?vez




    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    J. PUTNEY, VERMONT, United States 03-21-13
    J. PUTNEY, VERMONT, United States 03-21-13

    I live in Vermont. My freelance work requires reading critical and expository prose, so I like fanciful escapist fare for fun.

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    "wonderful language, unusual style"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Perhaps. It's something that few people would seek out on their own.


    If you’ve listened to books by Virginia Woolf before, how does this one compare?

    Somewhat less grim than her polemics, a witty fantasy.


    What about Clare Higgins’s performance did you like?

    Superb reading, showing fluency and thorough familiarity with the material and idiom. It made me able to pretend I was hearing the voice and thoughts of the author, as she projected them into her protagonist.


    If you could rename Orlando, what would you call it?

    Migrations of a soul


    Any additional comments?

    Vivid descriptions of wonderful natural and social environments; no direct dialog or conversations; some devastating skewering of the follies of manners and institutions, as in essays; rambling plot and erratic pace, with many digressions and ellipses; humorous turns of phrase; interesting characters.

    Not nearly enough pause breaks for skipping back if you miss one or two intricate sentences among the dense verbiage.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 04-19-12
    Scott 04-19-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "It might start becoming interesting..."

    ...but I won't be there to find out. This is unlike any Woolf I've read before -- forced and artificial, with great long catalogs of cloying elaboration. The atmosphere is claustrophobic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    angela Charlotte, NC, United States 04-10-12
    angela Charlotte, NC, United States 04-10-12 Member Since 2013

    I am addicted to audiobooks and chocolate!

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    "I know I'm supposed to like it, but..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Very creative right brained people or those who enjoyed literature class in college would enjoy this book. I had frequent flashbacks to English lit during my confused listening, which may yet necesitate treatment for post traumatic stress. The only reason I continued to listen was that I enjoyed the way that the narrator read it. Her voice made the rambling string of words sound like poetry, though what it all meant was beyond me.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    scottish lassie 05-05-12
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    "nice to hear this book unabridged finally"

    prior only able to hear abridged version. nice to have this unabridged version. well done

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Western Cape, South Africa 04-25-12
    Amazon Customer Western Cape, South Africa 04-25-12
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    "Highbrow literature"

    I believe 'one should' read Virginia Woolf and this was a painless way to peruse her thoughts and views expressed in fiction. It was maybe to highbrow for me, though, and a relief when it was done.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thierry 07-21-12
    Thierry 07-21-12
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    "Went on and on and on"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I kept thinking the story was going to get better but it never did.


    Has Orlando turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was somewhat boring.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    No reaction besides wasting time & credit.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    jillery!!! 05-21-12
    jillery!!! 05-21-12

    I'm a little fish in a medium pond.

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    "A+++++++++++++"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    excellent! i say aldlkaoib aksdlkb aidfn ;lka;ld akd;zi alkdoiadmv asldlki i see that i am just doing this so i can hit preview


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Orlando?

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    Which character – as performed by Clare Higgins – was your favorite?

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    Any additional comments?

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    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Randall Lincoln, NE, United States 01-09-12
    Randall Lincoln, NE, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Overrated"

    This book has classic - must read status. I don't believe it deserves this distinction. Clearly it was controversial subject matter when it was written. And the premise of the book is interesting. But mostly it's just boring and a big waste of time. But I'm not an academic or a scholar so I could be completely wrong. I had to struggle to listen to this book to the end. I read the SparkNotes for the story and tried to get into it and to understand the characters and the story. It just didn't work for me.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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