The Waves

Narrated by: Frances Jeater
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (117 ratings)

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The Waves traces the lives of six friends from childhood to old age. It was written when Virginia Woolf was at the height of her experimental powers, and she allows each character to tell their own story, through powerful, poetic monologues. By listening to these voices struggling to impose order and meaning on their lives, we are drawn into a literary journey that stunningly reproduces the complex, confusing, and contradictory nature of human experience. It is read with affection and skill by Frances Jeater.

Public Domain (P)2014 Naxos AudioBooks

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Not an easy read but worth it

A must if one wants to get a full sense of Virginia Woolf, but not an easy book in any sense. Beautifully written, beautifully read, very personal portrait of characters as they develop through life, yet a portrait on the author herself in all her facets. One of those books that stay with the reader whether they want it or not.

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Brilliant

This is with a doubt the most beautiful novel I have both read and listened to. Frances Jeater's performance was magnificent. And as for Woolf's novel? Without a doubt, one of the best books ever written. I gasped as Jeater read the last line, she delivered it so beautifully.

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Poor plot and disliked the performance

Didn't finish the book. I couldn't get used to the narrator inflections and style. I found the plot boring and uninteresting. Prose was inspired and poetic but that's the only good thing I found about this book.

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Not interesting

Did not finish listening to this book. I found it dry and boring. I fell asleep.

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  • Paul Harper-Scott
  • 12-27-14

Disappointing reading

The reading is well paced and the voice is well chosen for the novel, but there are often two or three misreadings on every page (singulars read as plurals, words omitted, and so on), and so many mispronunciations that I'm not sure the reader actually knows what many of the words mean or has troubled to look up the pronunciation as a professional service to the listener. A few such errors would be natural and entirely forgiveable, but there are hundreds of them, and despite the positive qualities of the reading, they are distracting. I cannot recommend the recording. An alternative reading of this novel is available on Audible, and it may be better.

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