Reviews for To the Lighthouse

AudioFile Reviews 2002 October/November
Woolf's beautiful, if somber, 1927 novel falls into three parts. First is a scene of a large, complex family on summer holiday before the Great War, their guests, their servants, their belongings, their style of life, and a postponed day trip to the distant lighthouse, longed for by the youngest child, James. The second section deals with what happened next, to them and to England, and the last reassembles some of the remaining characters at the scene of the first, for the lighthouse trip, so changed from the one once anticipated. Phyllida Law's rhythmic, poetic reading renders it with finesse, though her reading of Mrs. Ramsey may not satisfy every reader's concept of the character. B.G. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine

AudioFile Reviews 2006 August
There is luxury in listening to these mighty English actors retelling the story of Mrs. Ramsay and her family on summer vacation on the Isle of Skye. Vanessa Redgrave is the loving mother and charming hostess everyone wants to visit. Juliet Stevenson adds her sensitive voice as the painter Lily Briscoe to the idyllic rhythm of long summer days by the ocean and the beach. As this is a production of the BBC, we are treated to hearing sounds and voices come from several microphones and far distances, a technique that gives the piece a three-dimensional shape. We, too, yearn for the trip to the lighthouse that Mrs. Ramsay promises her youngest child. J.P. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine