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A spirited new version of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando adapted with a distinctly queer point of view. This adaptation revels in the origin of the story as a love letter from Woolf to Vita Sackville West.

Beginning the story as a young 16th century nobleman, Orlando’s life spans centuries, continents, lovers and genders in a sumptuous celebration of what it means to explore one’s own identity.

Lettie Precious celebrates this gender fluid masterpiece as a progressive tale in the context of its own time, while also bringing a distinctly 21st century lens to the issues of gender, sexuality, privilege and race raised by the text. A love letter to a love letter.

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To ruin a fine work, retell it with a prism of queer nonsense. It was unnecessary.

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  • Ashley Filkin
  • 24-03-21

Orlando is spoiled by woke commentary

Could do without the woke dialogue. it doesn't need it. Let it stand as it should.

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  • Dan Sands
  • 11-03-21

Orlando

Great perfornance, brilliant background music and effects and the way in which the novel has here been adaptated into a four-episode podcast was great but listeners should be aware that this is not the novel in it's entirety; it is probably closer to the novel with regards to its content than is the movie starring Tilda Swinton, however.

Orlando: A Biography is a difficult enough read if one has not read Woolfs previous novels such as Mrs Dalloway and To The Lighthouse and Woolf herself struggled with the writing of it past the point of the protagonist's transformation (see Sexual Personae by Camille Paglia for more on this).

Nevertheless, the essense of the story is here captured and made accessible.

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  • TheZee
  • 08-04-21

Powerful

My first Virginia Woolf book. The dramatisation is powerful. The subject matter is so beautifully treated and I am going to listen to this again and again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-04-21

Excellent

It is more a play than an audible. It goes beyond functional. A charming production.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-03-21

What is wrong with Mrs Woolf?

Thrilled to see this, having to my own reproach only read the well known essays and Mrs D. Audible has done the world a service by, for example, their production of Checkov's short stories and the three Thebian plays of Sophocles. I have Emma too set aside, and as our great cultural inheritance struggles to compete with Netflix, video games and social media, I feel Audible is doing a good turn. Thank you. These productions are of outstanding quality (as are Stephen Fry's recent offerings re the Victorians and language) and well worth using credits for but, being free, will reach broader audiences. As I say, a good turn. But I think you deserve honesty and I have to say my heart sank as I read on through the blurb. Why does Mrs Woolf of all people need 'queering' by audible? I hope you haven't really interposed your own / some third party sensibility between me and a classic text and that this is just lip service - part of the obvious change which has come over your recommendations in past year. Part of the point of the great literature is what it conveys of writer's world. Timeless truths about the human condition as these were rendered by a remarkable person rising out and above her particular place and time. The fads and preoccupations of our particular moment are decidedly not the point. In fact they rather risk ruining it. I want Virginia Woolf just as 'queer' as she was, not as queer as you think she should have been. If you want a contemporary feel, why not do that with a contemporary writer? Go knock yourself out. Just leave us Virginia Woolf.

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  • phoebe
  • 02-04-21

Charming, with some unsuccessful modern additions

A charming production, with talented actors, music and sound FX. However the new additions to the text as spoken by the Muses often do not work. They offer a clunky dumbed-down introduction to feminist views and it comes across heavy handed and jarring. A bit more subtelty and weaving in of the ideas into the action would be better.

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  • Louisa Buchanan-adams
  • 30-03-21

dont bother read the original book

I couldn't get in to it voice acting felt very amateur. I like LGBTI+ literature but this felt like a bad high school project on orlando gender diversity.

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