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To the Lighthouse is Virginia Woolf’s arresting analysis of domestic family life, centering on the Ramseys and their visits to the Isle of Skye in Scotland in the early 1900s. Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge, Eyes Wide Shut), who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Woolf in the film adaptation of Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Hours, brings the impressionistic prose of this classic to vibrant life.

Split into three parts, the story observes Mrs. Ramsay, Mr. Ramsey, and their children at their vacation house on the Isle of Skye. While the novel follows seemingly trivial events between the family members, the plot takes a backseat to philosophical introspection, which gave the novel its fame as an icon of modernist literature. The Ramseys' quest to recapture meaning creates a powerful allegory of man’s impermanent battle with the tangible world.

To the Lighthouse 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.

©1927 Virginia Woolf (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Susan
  • San Tan Valley, AZ, United States
  • 07-23-12

Nicole Kidman does a fantastic reading

If you could sum up To the Lighthouse in three words, what would they be?

Absolutely crazy wonderful

Who was your favorite character and why?

Each of the characters were important in their own way, but I think that William Banks was my favorite.

Which character – as performed by Nicole Kidman – was your favorite?

Nicole performed the Omnipotent narrator in such a way that she made me believe that she sould actually see into the minds of the characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It would have been impossible to sit and listen to this in just one sitting. It is a story that I could take in the information for about forty-five minutes, then sit quietly and process all that had happened.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful combination of text and narrator

To the Lighthouse is one of Virginia Wolf's best novels, which is to say it is one of the great novels of the 20th Century. Nicole Kidman's narration catches the complexity and intelligence of Wolf's novel, without showy excesses. This is a remarkable audio book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Lovely book. Very sad

Virginia woolfs ability with words and poetics is incredible. So sad she ended her life so early for she was truly a flicker of genius in the sea of literary history.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Patricia
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 01-29-13

Classic Virginia Woolf stream of consciousness

This is beautifully read by Nicole Kidman. Wolfe is not always easy to follow so you have to pay sharp attention to figure out the story. Nothing too dramatic happens as the story traces the summer home of a large family over the years and watches the developments and losses. Almost everything is from the view of women and the daily household happenings. Men and affairs of the outter world revolve around them almost without touching them except for big issues like deaths, marriages, wars. It is really lovely.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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I had a hard time with this

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Nicole Kidman does a fantastic job, but boy oh boy that stream of consciousness style is HARD to listen to! I was exhausted. I had to put this aside. I didn't finish. Maybe for another time or possibly listened to in short bursts. <br/><br/>Good luck out there.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A mesmerizing work of intimate brilliance

This is only the second work of Woolf's I've read, and overall it presents an intimate portrait of a family who lives near a lighthouse. The frail assumptions, the insecurities, the tiny triumphs, the rare moments of insight are all captured here with a stream of consciousness technique that is as lovely and flowing as the sea. The many wars play a fundamental role in shaping the narrative as male and female characters explore the meaning of the opposite sex and both fail to understand the needs and desires of the other. These inner conflicts are amplified by the moment to moment actions of this story's cast. A loving experience, I wish I could have experienced this work with fewer daily distractions myself. I can't wait to read the rest of Woolf's all too short bibliography.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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The Star Treatment

Nicole Kidman's narration of "To The Lighthouse" by Virginia Woolf gives this book the total star treatment. I checked out the physical copy of the book from the library and allowed Kidman to read to me in her breathy, sultry, fun, and changeable voice. It really fit the style of writing extremely well and her pace slowed me down to really let each sentence sink into my mind. As for the book itself, it is a work of art. I will be reading all of Woolf's books this year. This is one of the most beautiful works of literature that I've ever read or listened to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I will try this again later

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

5 and 1/2 hours in.......No. A migraine ensued upon listening to this. A swirling dreamlike journey akin to whittling a block of wood whilst daydreaming of other peoples lives, delivered by an airy tired voice.

What was most disappointing about Virginia Woolf’s story?

The over embellished melodramatic inner lives of the characters were irritating. It is chock full of near run on sentences speckled with flavorful imagery. The writing at times is like being in a candy shop, but then mellows back into a wasteland of gray drivel until the next high or low. If you needed a touchstone to take you to manic depressed state, this book is or you. <br/><br/>

How could the performance have been better?

There is another version with a different narrator. I think I will try that one and give this "classic" another shot.

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

no

Any additional comments?

I really disliked nicole kidman as a narrator.....tiresome.....

8 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • coco
  • Marietta, GA United States
  • 10-05-17

Beautiful reading by Nicole Kidman

A difficult read by lovely to listen to. Much easier to follow the audible version.

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Nicole Kidman absolutely makes this for me.

the story itself was a struggle to connect with- a bunch of self-absorbed people caught up in their own thoughts about themselves and other people. but Kidman's voice was so soothing that I couldn't stop listening, to the point where I found myself caring about the characters more.