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One of the icons of modernism, Virginia Woolf is credited alongside James Joyce for redefining the novel and challenging the limitations of the form. Published in 1927, To the Lighthouse helped establish Woolf among the 20th century?s most important and influential writers.

At their second home on the Isle of Skye, the Ramsay family surrounds itself with friends and colleagues. They contend with World War I, family deaths, and hardships both spoken and unspoken. All the while, the lighthouse looms in the distance. Six-year-old James asks his father to take him there, but many years will pass before the voyage begins. Woolf was deeply interested in her characters' inner thoughts and feelings, and because of this, To the Lighthouse emerges as an unforgettable, introspective masterpiece.

©1925 The Estate of Virginia Woolf; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Janey
  • Willows, CA, United States
  • 12-19-11

Character thought.

What did you love best about To the Lighthouse?

The way it was written with each characters thinking revealed.

What was one of the most memorable moments of To the Lighthouse?

The relationships of the characters and how they are revealed.

Would you be willing to try another one of Virginia Leishman’s performances?

Probably not. I had a real problem because all the characters were read with the same voice. It made it difficult to switch from one character to the next because they all sounded alike.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I thought it very interesting in the way it was written but had difficulty in telling characters apart. I did not laugh or cry. The thoughts of each person being revealed gave depth to the story.

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The narrator is not very good

I've listened to quite a few audio books and I really dislike this narrator, specially during the dialogues. It was all read in the same monotone voice and as if she was learning to read.

9 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Doesn't match with the kindle version?

For some reason it seems to skip a couple chapters? I'm not sure but at one point, while I was reading along (fastest way to read for survey courses) I got to the end of a chapter and the next chapter was different.

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Yawn . . .

I got about 25% through this book and forgot to finish reading it . . . that's how exciting and memorable the story was.

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  • Welsh Mafia
  • 08-30-11

A beacon of light on a sunny afternoon

This is a welcome and much more exciting follow up to Jacob’s Room and to my earlier reading of The Voyage Out which I found to be relatively inconsequential and unrewarding despite some very decorative prose. Of all of the novels of Virginia Woolf, this is the one that I found to be closest in composition, style, substance and ambition to James Joyce and for that reason, probably found it to be the most enjoyable read. Again, I lost hope of, and indeed all intention of, following the narrative - because there isn’t a storyline as such. What there is, is very impressionistic, wandering into and out of physical locations and conversations with the actions lying very close to the Stream of Consciousness for which the novel is so justly studied and famous.It was nice to read this novel of the period of some really good weather in England in the summer of 2011, I’m sure this would make a satisfying holiday read and, on that basis, is highly recommended.