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Over 60 years after Virginia Woolf drowned in the River Ouse, Olivia Laing set out one midsummer morning to walk its banks, from source to sea. Along the way, she explores the roles that rivers play in human lives, tracing their intricate flow through literature, mythology, and folklore.

Lyrical and stirring, To the River is a passionate investigation into how history resides in a landscape - and how ghosts never quite leave the places they love.

©2019 Olivia Laing (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Wonderful book Terrible narrator

A wonderful, intelligent and original book, read by a robot (or so it seems) who insists on pronouncing and emphasizing every sy-lla-ble. Like the early days of speaking computers. I don’t understand why the publisher or author allowed this.

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Why why choose this narrator!?

I cannot understand why, when Zara Ramm does such a Superb job of narrating the lonely city, that Kate Reading is chosen for the rest of Laing’s books. I find her narration so peculiar it’s hard to listen to. Like it’s been run though auto tune. I had to send it back although I love Laing’s work. Sad times.

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The Narration Isn’t Good

I’m sorry to say this, but the narration is really off-putting and makes the listen quite hard going and unenjoyable. Monotone and robotic intonation. Please re-record with a different narrator because the book itself is wonderful.

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  • Bobbe Nunes
  • 04-09-20

Virginia Woolf Serves as a Walking Companion

The beautiful writing is perfectly matched with the beautiful voice. The experience is completely captivating.

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  • MiscElaineousCO
  • 15-11-20

So much beneath the surface

This is one of the most lovely books I’ve ever read. There is so much more here than can be contained in a cover blurb—or in any reader review. First rate narration elevates this gorgeous prose.