Mrs. Dalloway

  • by Virginia Woolf
  • Narrated by Annette Bening
  • 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mrs. Dalloway, perhaps Virginia Woolf's greatest novel, 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) performs Woolf's stream-of-consciousness style of storytelling brilliantly, exploring the hidden springs of thought and action in one day of a woman's life.
When we first meet Clarissa Dalloway, she is preoccupied with the last-minute minutiae of party-planning while being flooded with memories of long ago. Clarissa then examines the realities of the present as the story travels forwards and back in time and in and out of different characters' minds.
Mrs. Dalloway is daring not only in its stream-of-consciousness form, but also in its content. Woolf's depiction of Septimus Warren Smith brings to light the ugly and often ignored truth of how the brutality of war can drive men mad. We also get to see in depth how our main protagonist, Clarissa Dalloway, suffers from her own form of psychological damage: the more subtle, everyday oppression of English society.

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Sending it, back

I begin by confessing that only two stars for the story because I will buy the paper version of this novel in order to complete it. This is only the second audio book that I am returning. My review is not of the writing or the story.

The narration is, disjointed? and the intonation is such that you find, yourself working out how the sentence you have just listened. To was written. So many sentences with the last word attached to the beginning of the. Next that it becomes a translation. Exercise.

At 1 Hour and 58 minutes I shouted at it. Don't shoot the messenger. That was the point at which I realised that it has to go back.

Unusually, I do not recommend this audiobook. I hereby pledge to all the Woolf fans out there that I will honour the author by reading it.
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- Sal

Poorly narrated

I really struggled with this audiobook. I admit I have never read the paper copy but the narration was incredibly poor which made it almost impossible to follow. The sentences are disjointed and I couldn't tell when one sentence ended and another began. Very disappointing
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- Sotty

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-09-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios