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The Years

Narrated by: Finty Williams
Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
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Written in 1937, The Years was the most popular of Virginia Woolf's novels during her lifetime. It explores a rich variety of themes such as sex, feminism, family life, education, and politics in English society from 1800 to the 1930s, as they affect one large upper-class London family.

The principal theme of this ambitious book is time, threading together three generations of the Pargiter family. The story begins on a day in 1880 in the household of Colonel Abel Pargiter, his dying wife, and their seven children, and it ends in the 1930s with a brilliantly depicted party at which the Pargiters, young and old, pass in review.

Important events - births, deaths, marriages, wars - occur in the wings; it is the commonplace moments that are captured here in a sequence of perfectly drawn scenes. As the Pargiters move from the oppressive confines of the Victorian home of the 1880s to the 1930s, they are weighed down by the pressures of war, capitalism, empire, and the rise of Fascism.

Finalist for the 2007 Audie Award for Classics.

©2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)1965 Leonard Woolf

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Perhaps a different reader?

Virginia Woolf and her unique observations, does require a more ‘poetic’ voice, perhaps?
This voice too thin, lost some of the delicious timing, and humour, after all it is for listening,
Nice to have another VW though, more please, Juliet Stevenson ? Alex Jennings?

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timeless insight

lovely as usual. such insight into people's thoughts. it doesn't age and gives us a window onto that time.

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  • 07-06-18

Just Beautiful

I was so sorry when this book ended. I could have gone on listening for hours. Virginia Woolf...her story, her characters, her genius, lives on! I can’t say enough words to describe Finty Williams’ excellent narration...just beautiful. Finished listening to The Years on a beautiful day as I was gardening and the perfection of the moment will stay with me.

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