Night and Day

Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
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Written before she began her experiments in the writing of fiction, Virginia Woolf's second novel, Night and Day, is a story about a group of young people trying to discover what it means to fall in love. It asks all the big questions: What does it mean to fall in love? Does marriage grant happiness? What is happiness? Night and Day is a conventional novel; however, it maps out for us the world of Virginia Woolf in its wondrous prose: For her it was the beginning, leading on to a prolonged engagement with her search for the means to express the "inner life".

Public Domain (P)2014 Naxos AudioBooks

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"After all, what is love?"

Should we be dependent on whatever affections other people offer us? Or, shall we think our minds so as to figure out what feelings do we have for them? "After all, what is love?". These questions and more are lingering in the long pages of Woolf's novel, Night and Day. Not only is she able to provide her reader with a vivid description of the busy life of middle-classed individuals living in Victorian London, but she also delves deep into the inner world of her characters so that she could analyze their emotional conflicts. Katherine, Mary, William and Ralph each is trying to rejuvenate the meaning of love and to attach that meaning to what s/he perceives as " reality". Woolf's style leaves the reader amazed, if not puzzled, at her skillful depiction of the wide range of emotions human beings are capable of possessing.

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While the story dragged on a little in this particular book, this only meant there was more of Juliet Stevens' beautiful narration to hear, so I was disappointed when it was over.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 06-03-16

Fabulous

You must accept with this story that it is not a fast moving, highly dramatic page turner. What this fantastic writing offers is an amazing insight into the hearts and minds of its characters. The style of description and depth of understanding as to the tiny nuances of how people feel about one another and how they interact is outstanding. to fully complement this book the narrator was fantastic, as she always is. I highly recommend anything narrated by Julia Stevenson.

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  • Lauenna
  • 07-07-14

Slow to start but worth the wait.

What made the experience of listening to Night and Day the most enjoyable?

Juliet Stevenson is just lovely as always striking the perfect tone. I loved the setting in turn of the century London. I found the story difficult to engage with at first but then got into a juicy exploration of love and relationships that is really quite unique. The characters were real and full and sort of anti-romantic in a way which I found fascinating.

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  • Helena Frith Powell
  • 09-10-19

Beautifully read

The combination of Juliet Stevenson and Virginia Woolf is magical. One of Woolf’s early novels, so less experimental than her other work, but still full of marvellous insight and perfectly drawn characters and settings. Along with a plot one can easily follow!

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  • Siobhan
  • 02-20-19

Superb

A gentle yet powerful story complemented by the soothing voice of Juliet Stevenson.
If you enjoy classics this is for you.

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  • Mrs
  • 02-04-16

Brilliant Classic.

Literature at its best. Excellent narration too. Can't wait to download another Virginia Woolf now!

























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  • Robyn
  • 06-29-19

Brilliant, the whole territory of feeling explored

The voice of the author resonates to the core in Juliet's reading of this sensitive work of art!