The story of Lolita is sad, complex, and tragic. The reading was a bit too dramatic at times, but the story was so fascinating that I was compelled to listen until the end.
Once one accepts the fact that the story line of this book is about pedophilia (a curse we all condemn including its author) you are in for an experience that for me was breathtaking. Jeremy Irons is so masterful in his narration that it oft overshadows the writing which is even more masterful. What can you say about an artistic effort that you simply do not want to miss, no matter what.
Jeremy Irons made this incredibly rich and complex story come to life. Without his narration, I would have never made it 15 minutes into this book. I loved how he really brought Humbert Humberto together. His flawless delivery of each word made this an easy complex book to listen to.
Whenever the main character became jealous, you good feel the rage through Jeremy Irons' delivery.
The main character. As I said, flawless.
Jeremy Irons already portrayed the main character in the movie version. The tag line would be "You will understand at the end."
BEST BOOK I'VE HEARD ON AUDIBLE.COM. Unbelievable performance. Truly award winning in my opinion. You won't be disappointed.
I could not get the audio off of my computer and onto my phone or various ipods. I am using a brand new MacBook Air and the later version of ios.
The playlist I created loaded onto my phone, but the actual audio never transferred. I tried at least ten times and used a few ipods that we had around the house to see if I could get the audio to transfer to them. I could not, and I could not find a way to troubleshoot this problem online and as a result have not listened to the podcast. It would be great if there were some way to get this resolved.
Irons's voice is perfectly fit for this story. His delivery truly brings out the chilling nature of the subject.
Had I had the time, there is a good chance I would have been able to listen in one sitting.
This is a profound work of literary fiction that gets to the (rotten?) heart of mid-20th century America. There are many layers of symbols and references to unpack - it makes me want to write an essay about the book and I haven't taken a college course in 20 years. The plot is not for the faint of heart or for the young, but Nabokov has complete mastery of the English language and of his characters, writing prose that often reads like poetry.
Irons's Humbert is spot-on and flawless. His portrayal of Dolores is not as strong: American ears can hear him straining to get the (American) accent right. His use of emotion and tone is precise and perfect, with Humbert's voice ranging from monstrous to sympathetic as required by the text. It is hard to imagine any actor who could be a better choice.
Growing up, Lolita was always one of those "taboo" books. After listening, I thoroughly enjoyed the performance. No swear words at all. Very well read. Not about a sexy young thing throwing herself around. Not really any sex in the book at all. I would recommend this to anyone willing to see a different point of view.
The story is told by Humbert Humbert'- a frustrated pedophile who finally has an opportunity to act on his impulses with Lolita, his landlady's 12 year old daughter. The man is despicable and awful and sick. I cringed as I listened to some of the passages. But the writing was so beautiful and astonishingly rich, it made up for the terrible events described in the book.
I can't say enough good things about the way Jeremy Irons narrated this audiobook. In fact, I think the book would have been vastly less engaging for me if I had read it myself.
Irons embodied the pedophile's character so convincingly, I'm not sure I will ever be able to watch him in another movie without thinking of Humbert Humbert.
I just finished Lolita for the third time and I feel I cannot justly rate this book. The prose is wonderful, but I am left with an emptiness and sadness mixed with a great load of revulsion. Do I feel sorry for Humbert? or do I hate him? Is Lolita at all to be blamed or pitied? Lolita evokes in me so many strong and conflicting emotions that leave me in a state of bewilderment without a settled opinion.
As to the narration, Irons IS Humbert. Which better voice than his; so grave and soft for such a deliciously disturbing prose.
I have listened to it twice. HH's ramblings are fun to listen to.
Humbert Humbert's early memories. I was touched for him.
He WAS Humbert Humbert. I love Jeremy Irons, anyway.
I brought this up earlier.