cover image Mrs. Dalloway

Mrs. Dalloway

Virginia Woolf, read by Juliet Stevenson, Naxos Audio, unabridged, six CDs, 7 hrs., $29.98 ISBN 978-962-634-133-9

As Clarissa Dalloway prepares to host a party in 1920s London, she is unexpectedly reunited with her old friend Peter Walsh in a novel that shifts among the inner monologues of its many characters and is darkened by the terrors and hallucinations of parallel protagonist Septimus Smith. Juliet Stevenson’s performance—with its lyricism and lilt—is perfectly matched to Woolf’s text and transports the listener. Stevenson produces a delightful range of distinct voices—her introspective, fragile Clarissa and stormy Peter are particularly strong. (May)