To the Lighthouse

  • by Virginia Woolf
  • Narrated by Nicole Kidman
  • 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.
Split into three parts, the story observes Mrs. Ramsay, Mr. Ramsey, and their children at their vacation house on the Isle of Skye. While the novel follows seemingly trivial events between the family members, the plot takes a backseat to philosophical introspection, which gave the novel its fame as an icon of modernist literature. The Ramseys' quest to recapture meaning creates a powerful allegory of man's impermanent battle with the tangible world.

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Worth persevering!

Would you listen to To the Lighthouse again? Why?

Definitely not as although it was an ultimately fulfilling listen it was hard work and demanded a lot of concentration and perseverance.


What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Loved the quality of the writing.


Have you listened to any of Nicole Kidman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to Nicole Kidman narrate an audiobook before but think she is an amazing actor. She narrates this book perfectly and evokes the perfect, mesmerising atmosphere.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely not! Could only listen in half an hour sittings.


Any additional comments?

I really think this would be an easier read than a listen. I first read this almost 30 years ago and felt it was time to revisit it. The writing is beautiful and I could listen to Nicole Kidman read the beautiful prose for hours. However in order to keep focused and keep up with who was who I had to listen in short bursts.

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- Saffy

Enjoyable reading of a classic

Nicole Kidman's dry, deep voice really adds to this classic novel. I found it a little hard to get used to her at the beginning, but after a couple of chapters couldn't imagine anyone else reading it. I hadn't read (listened to!) any Virginia Woolf for a long time, and it was a pleasure to rediscover 'To the Lighthouse'. The shifts in perspective are brilliant. I love the way a character's view of another character can shift so many times in a short walk to the village.
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- MRM

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-06-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios