To the Lighthouse

  • by Virginia Woolf
  • Narrated by Juliet Stevenson
  • 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.
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What the Critics Say

"British actress Juliet Stevenson makes for a better reader of Woolf's words than Nicole Kidman's Oscar-winning turn as Woolf in The Hours...Her reading is quietly, carefully precise, and that precision is a solid complement to Woolf's own measured, inward-looking prose." (Publishers Weekly)

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An interesting book

An interesting book but not very easy to follow since it is written in the form of "stream of consiousness" or "interior monologue", meaning that the narrator depicts the multitudinous thoughts and feelings which pass through the mind of the characters- but Juliet Stevenson's reading renders the task much easier and even more enjoyable. She changes her voice in a way which makes it easy for the reader to know who is talking (sometimes it can be very hard to guess!). The difficulty of Virginia Woolf's writing, however, makes it necessary to stop and reread some passages. The book tells the story of Mrs Ramsay, a submissive wife and mother of eight children, who believes men to be intellectually superior to women "this admirable fabric of masculine intelligence", and who is constantly sympathizing with her tyranical husband and pitying men, especially the unmarried among them. She tries to marry Lily Briscoe, a young promising painter to Mr Bankes. but the former turns out to be a truly uncoventional woman who refuses to marry and who questions and internally rebells against Mrs Ramsay's utterly conventional and submissive attitude towards men.
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- Assia

Brilliant Author, Brilliant Narrator

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would, recommend this audiobook to others, and I have. I believe that I read To The Lighthouse many years ago, but its impact was greater hearing it read.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The narrative is weighted down by the effect of the parents, the power characters, on their children. This sense of claustraphobia infiltrates the book.


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- Roderic

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-05-2008
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks