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  • A Room of One's Own | Virginia Woolf

    A Room of One's Own

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    A Room of One's Own, based on a lecture given at Girton College Cambridge, is one of the great feminist polemics. Woolf's blazing polemic on female creativity, the role of the writer, and the silent fate of Shakespeare's imaginary sister remains a powerful reminder of a woman's need for financial independence and intellectual freedom.

    Seth H. Wilson says: "Required reading for literary critics, feminists,"
  • To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf

    To the Lighthouse

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Nicole Kidman
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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.

    Susan says: "Nicole Kidman does a fantastic reading"
  • Mrs. Dalloway | Virginia Woolf

    Mrs. Dalloway

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    It is a June day in London in 1923, and the lovely Clarissa Dalloway is having a party. Whom will she see? Her friend Peter, back from India, who has never really stopped loving her? What about Sally, with whom Clarissa had her life’s happiest moment? Meanwhile, the shell-shocked Septimus Smith is struggling with his life on the same London day.

    Chris says: "One Tough Read Perfectly Delivered"
  • Orlando | Virginia Woolf

    Orlando

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Clare Higgins
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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.

    J. says: "wonderful language, unusual style"
  • Mrs. Dalloway | Virginia Woolf

    Mrs. Dalloway

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
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    Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, details a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway in post-World War I England. Clarissa visits London in the morning, getting ready to host a party that evening. The nice day reminds her of her youth and makes her wonder about her choice of husband; she married the reliable Richard Dalloway instead of the enigmatic and demanding Peter Walsh, and she "had not the option" to be with Sally Seton for whom she felt strongly.

    Ninell says: "Delightful"
  • To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf

    To the Lighthouse

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    To the Lighthouse is a landmark work of English fiction. Virginia Woolf explores perception and meaning in some of the most beautiful prose ever written, minutely detailing the characters thoughts and impressions. This unabridged version is read by Juliet Stevenson.

    Jefferson says: "A Stark Tower on a Bare Rock, or a Hanging Garden?"
  • The Waves | Virginia Woolf

    The Waves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Frances Jeater
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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.

    Lena says: "Not an easy read but worth it"
  • Mrs. Dalloway | Virginia Woolf

    Mrs. Dalloway

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Annette Bening
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    Mrs. Dalloway, perhaps Virginia Woolf’s greatest novel, vividly follows English socialite Clarissa Dalloway as she prepares for a party in post-World War I London. Four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (American Beauty, The Kids Are All Right) brings Woolf’s stream-of-consciousness style of storytelling to life, exploring the hidden springs of thought and action in one day of a woman’s life in a brilliant performance.

    january says: "Surprisingly enjoyable"
  • Great Classic Stories II | Edgar Allan Poe,James Joyce,Mark Twain,Kate Chopin,Virginia Woolf,Aldous Huxley,F. Scott Fitzgerald,Oscar Wilde

    Great Classic Stories II

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe, James Joyce, Mark Twain, and others
    • Narrated By Simon Vance, Kate Fenton, Stephen R. Thorne, and others
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    This wonderful collection of 18 short stories includes work by some of literature's most treasured names, including Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Oscar Wilde, and many more. This superlative treasury includes "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe; "A Piece of String" by Guy Le Maupassant; "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin; "The Mark on the Wall" by Virginia Woolf; "Nuns at Lunch" by Aldous Huxley, and many more!

    Die Falknerin says: "Another great selection of stories"
  • Mrs. Dalloway | Virginia Woolf

    Mrs. Dalloway

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Phyllida Law
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    The events of the story occupy a single June day in post-World War I Central London, as wealthy and fashionable society hostess Clarissa Dalloway is preparing for a party she is to give that evening. Through her thoughts and memories, the voices of others who have touched on her life and will attend her party, Virginia Woolf shows her genius as a writer who is both accessible and popular.

    Paloma says: "Captivating Narration."
  • Orlando | Virginia Woolf

    Orlando

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Veronika Hyks
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    Virginia Woolf's semi-biographical novel, inspired by her life changing love affair with Vita Sackville-West, takes us on an exhilarating, fantastical roller coaster, tracing 400 years of English history, in the company of her shape-shifting, gender-bending, time-travelling hero Orlando, whose inner conflicts and triumphs challenge our preconceptions of the nature of love, the battle of the sexes, posing socal and metaphysical questions including what we now call climate change.

    Ilana says: "A Strange Inexplicable Tale, Beautifully Narrated."
  • Jacob’s Room | Virginia Woolf

    Jacob’s Room

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    Jacob’s Room is Virginia Woolf’s own modernist manifesto. Jacob Flanders is a mere point of contact between a crowd of people, appearing and disappearing in a tableau in which all is flux, without certainty and without a controlling viewpoint. But it seems that the author could not maintain this rigorous impersonality, and the radical technique breaks down, so that we finally see Jacob as a person, just as his world is blown apart.

  • The Waves | Virginia Woolf

    The Waves

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Frances Jeater
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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 literary 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 which stunningly reproduces the complex, confusing and contradictory nature of human experience.

    Edith Reager says: "Pretentious and disappointing."
  • The Voyage Out | Virginia Woolf

    The Voyage Out

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    The Voyage Out is Virginia Woolf's haunting tale about a naïve young woman's sea voyage from London to a small resort on the South American coast. In symbolic, lyrical, and intoxicating prose, her outward journey begins to mirror her internal voyage into adulthood as she searches for her personal identity, grapples with love, and learns how to face life intellectually and emotionally. Its wit and exquisiteness, and its profound depth and insight into humanity, will capture the imagination of the listener.

    Caro says: "Engaging"
  • Flush | Virginia Woolf

    Flush

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Prunella Scales
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    One of the most famous of all literary dogs, Flush was the golden cocker spaniel belonging to Elizabeth Barrett. In this charming and heartfelt biography, Viginia Woolf tells his story: his early days as Miss Mitford's puppy running across the fields in wild abandon and fathering another, then the years spent in his invalid mistress' bedroom in Wimpole Street.

    Aaron Elliott says: "More of Woman's Best Friend"
  • To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf

    To the Lighthouse

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
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    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.

    Janey says: "Character thought."
  • Night and Day | Virginia Woolf

    Night and Day

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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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".

    Eman Abd Allah says: ""After all, what is love?""
  • The ABC Short Story Collection | Herman Melville,H.G. Wells,Stephen Crane,Edith Wharton,Virginia Woolf,Sarah Orne Jewett

    The ABC Short Story Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Herman Melville, H.G. Wells, Stephen Crane, and others
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner, Richard Brown, Michael Russotto, and others
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    The selections in this collection include classic short stories "Bartelby the Scrivener" by Herman Melville, "The Truth About Pyecraft" by H. G. Wells, "The Angel Child" by Stephen Crane, "A Journey" by Edith Wharton, "Phyllis and Rosamond" by Vriginia Woolf, and "The Flight of Betsey Lane" by Sarah Orne Jewett.

    carmen says: "Classic short stories"
  • To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf

    To the Lighthouse

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Nicole Kidman
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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.

    ESK says: "Stream of consciousness interpreted differently"
  • To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf

    To the Lighthouse

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    To the Lighthouse tells of one summer spent by the Ramsay family and their friends in their holiday home in Scotland. Offshore stands the lighthouse, remote, inaccessbile, an eternal presence in a changing wolrd. A projected visit to the lighthouse forms the heart of this extraordinary novel which, through the minds of the various characters, explores the nature of time, memory, transience and eternity.

    Norman Wendth says: "Better heard than read!"
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