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Orlando Audiobook

Orlando

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Fantasy, love and an exuberant celebration of English life and literature, Orlando is a uniquely entertaining story. Originally conceived by Virginia Woolf as a playful tribute to the family of her friend and lover, Vita Sackville-West, Orlando's central character, a fictional embodiment of Sackville-West, changes sex from a man to a woman and lives throughout the centuries, whilst meeting historical figures of English literature.

The book opens with Orlando as a young nobleman in Elizabethan England who finds love with a Russian princess. During Charles II's reign, he is an ambassador to Constantinople and becomes a Duke. Orlando then goes on to wake as a beautiful woman, exploring the roles of women in the 18th and 19th centuries. Eventually becoming a wife and mother the tale ends in the year 1928, a year consonant with full suffrage for women. Upon plans to publish her 1588 poem 'The Oak Tree', written in the opening of the book, she reflects on her centuries of adventure.

An exploration of androgyny and the creative life of a woman, it is considered a feminist work. Arguably one of Woolf's most popular stories, it marked a turning point in her career, departing from her more introspective works. Receiving both critical and financial success, it guaranteed Woolf's financial stability.

There have been many adaptations made, including a 1992 film starring Tilda Swinton and an opera by composer Peter Aderhold which premiered at the Braunschweig State Theatre in in 2016.

Narrator Biography

Clare Higgins is an accomplished actress of screen and stage, winning three Olivier Awards for Best Actress for her roles in Sweet Bird of Youth (1995), Vincent in Brixton (2003) and Hecuba (2005). With a long and successful career in British and American theatre, she has also been a regular feature on our television screens. Her recent roles have included Miss Cackle in The Worst Witch (2017), Ohila in Doctor Who (2013 and 2015), Hazel Warren in EastEnders (2015) and Vivian in Rogue (2014).

Claire Higgins is probably best known for her memorable and sinister performance as Julia in the horror films Hellraiser (1987) and Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988), with other film appearances including The Golden Compass (2007) and Small Faces (2006). With a voice and timing perfect for audio she has narrated many audiobooks, including Nick Hornby's How to Be Good and Joanna Trollope's The Best of Friends, and in 2009 portrayed Margaret Thatcher in the BBC Radio 4 drama A Family Affair.

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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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    "nice to hear this book unabridged finally"

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

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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.

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    Kris Reiber Caspar, CA, US 11-14-16
    Kris Reiber Caspar, CA, US 11-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "poetically written"

    Great reader. I loved the story, the imagery . Listening to this book was a unique experience. I would defiantly recommend this book

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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 4 people found this review helpful
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    Randall Westminster, Colorado 01-09-12
    Randall Westminster, Colorado 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.

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    jillery!!! 05-21-12
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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


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    Katherine 05-18-05
    Katherine 05-18-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Words Words Words"

    If ever you would tire from listening to what is arguably very lovely prose, it would be listening to this book. I found myself talking to the player begging the narrator to get on with the story -which turned out to not be one.

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    Daniel Morris Plains, NJ, USA 03-04-05
    Daniel Morris Plains, NJ, USA 03-04-05 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Book"

    Found it to be a good listen.

    3 of 17 people found this review helpful

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