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Summary

Four books...one groundbreaking author.

Mrs Dalloway (1925)

One day; two lives. Mrs Dalloway prepares for a party, whilst a First World War veteran treads the same streets. Follow 24 hours in the lives of two extraordinary people, each of them recovering from the First World War. A hostess and a soldier come together...in the most unexpected of ways. Kristin Scott Thomas performs.

To the Lighthouse (1927)

A family’s summer holidays see them return to the Isle of Skye over days and years, sailing boats and enduring wars. As we follow the slow unfolding of the Ramsays' fortunes, both children and adults grow, love, lose. Listed as one of the best novels of the 20th century. Jessie Buckley performs.

A Room of One’s Own (1929)

Based on a series of lectures to women’s colleges, this collection of essays first published in 1929 explores a female’s need to have space to create, exist...survive. A must-listen for anyone exploring the roots of feminism - or simply what it is to be a woman. A provocative and pervasive listen that remains relevant to listeners of any age. Tilda Swinton performs.

The Waves (1931)

A dreamscape novel that follows six characters united by a single friend. Set against a stunning English coastal landscape, the novel dares to be one of Woolf’s most inventive narratives as it explores the journey from childhood to adulthood and beyond that - death, and all that we may learn. Vanessa Kirby, Adetomiwa Edun, Andrea Riseborough, Tracy Ifeachor, Samuel Barnett, Johnny Flynn and Juliet Stevenson perform.

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Absolutely sublime for fans of Virginia Woolf

I note with sadness that some of the reviewers here were disappointed because they were 'waiting for something to happen' - among other complaints. Such a shame that those reviewers clearly are not familiar with Virginia Woolf's works and her writing style ('stream of consciousness'). It is true enough that her books could be described as 'not an easy read' with perhaps the only exception being Orlando, which is not represented in this audio collection.
As a devotee of Ms Woolf myself, however, this was a glorious experience. I wasn't fully engaged by Jessie Buckley's narration of To The Lighthouse, but Kristin Scott Thomas' rendering of Mrs Dalloway was wonderful, perfect, and the ensemble cast for The Waves made what is indeed a challenging reading experience a rich journey into the thoughts and lives of six friends - it was easier to keep in your head who was telling their story, because of the different voices.
But I was most delighted and surprised by the always superb Tilda Swinton's reading of A Room of One's Own. Of course I've previously read this essay and found it enlightening and interesting but... I had to work at it. Hearing Ms Woolf's words in Tilda's thoroughly soothing and expressive voice meant I absorbed it better, and what an insightful, witty and still entirely relevant essay it is.
I thoroughly recommend this audio collection to anybody who appreciates Virginia Woolf's works. I can't imagine these books being narrated any better.

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Depressing......

Not having read any books by Virginia Woolf before I took a chance. The narrators did a wonderful job, but the stories were just so depressing. But if you are a Virginia Woolf fan then I am sure you will enjoy them.

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Kept waiting for something to actually happen

The only audiobook in years that I haven't finished. There didn't seem to be a story line just lots of description of characters and setting.

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Utterly Sublime

Kristin Scott Thomas, Mrs. Dalloway was worth the Credit alone, this is probably the definitive performance of Virginia Woolf's work, utterly sublime.

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Virginia Woolf collection

Sadly this is deeply depressing. The author eventually committed suicide and some of her sadness is mirrored in her works.

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To the lighthouse review only

Absolutely loved chapter 17, going round the table into everyone's thoughts as they shift through the meal. It's a perfect standalone piece of pure mastery.

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Much ado about nothing

Endless blah blah blah, except for A room of one's own, which is a gem.

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No chapters, No bookmarks Hopeless

why can't Audible get their act together and provide the contents and chapters?.
here you have 4 books all merged into one chapter.
Impossible to find the beginning of each book let alone each chapter.

this is not how the author wrote it.

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Pure and beautiful

Not an easy listen, took me several months to finish (I needed to take mental health breaks between each book), but it was worth it. Carried out in extremely high quality, beautiful performances. Worthy to the works of Woolf.

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A hugely overrated writer

Joyce does it infinitely hugely amazingly better. There are the odd passages of poetry and quality but mostly it attempts to describe the stream of experience reflection and emotion of dull privileged unhappy people