In my humble opinion, this is a true masterpiece. The imagery conjured up by the author in such an usual way is simply amazing. True, the content is uncomfortable at times, but the writing is so wonderful that you oftentimes forget the subject matter . The fact that this book is laugh out loud funny at times is astonishing for so many reasons. Lastly, I doubt that anyone could narrate this book better than Jeremy Irons.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Lolita burns in your mind like Native Son, with a kindred repulsiveness. Lolita sears your conscience because it speaks like an apology for pedophilia. Jeremy Irons??? spoken interpretation of Lolita is breath taking. His voice captures the licentious nature of the main character, Humbert Humbert. He reads Nabokov???s lines with a beautiful alliteration that reveals the poetry in Nabokov???s prose. The subject is inherently repulsive. The rationalizations of a confessed pedophile, that admits his guilt, is difficult, if not impossible, to understand. So, what is the point of the book? The best face is that Nabokov reveals the depth of a pedophile???s sickness, some of its causes and consequences, and the utter futility of psychological examination; the worst face is that Nabokov justifies pedophilia based on human nature. For my own conscience, and for respect to a literary genius, I pick the first rather than the second reason for his decision to write this book.
The story is...Lolita. Who am I to review Nabokov? Excellent stuff, however over the edge. Jeremy Irons is perfection. One of those books that stays with you forever in a most troubling way.
I was painting a room and decided it was finally time to learn why people talk about this book. Now I feel that whole room is contaminated with the ickyness of this story but thankfully I moved to another house. I am glad to understand how pedophiles think (maybe) and I see now how the high writing style and the base plot combined to create something new and interesting when it was released.
I won't be seeking out any other pedophile stories but I do find this time period in literature very interesting.
The reader seems to savor the prose which chimes with the tone of the main character's traits and the writing style. It was a very nice match.
I'm glad my memories of this story are enmeshed in the paint of a house that I no longer live in but I took away what I needed from the story.
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The reading, and now the listening of this most grandiloquent piece of literary perfection brings me to a level of ebullience that Elisabeth Browning must have been feeling when she wrote How Do I Love Thee? This is the only book I have ever read that captures the ache, nay malaise that is caused by loving someone with a deepness expressed with all parts of one's soul and being, without the reciprocation by the one loved. This book accomplishes this feat with such belletristic guile, it leaves those who have had the pleasure of completing this book dumbfounded upon acknowledgement of this being Mr. Nabokov's second language! If the human heart was a combustion engine, this would be a fuel capable of running it through and on all cylinders. If H.H. can be considered the antagonist of this book, it leaves us feeling at least understanding of his situation, and at most and from a more demoniacal end of the spectrum, sympathetic. He has filled the book with foreshadowing that is really indecipherable until it is too late or upon rereading. It makes this a perfect book to read more than once. Anyone here on audible.com that hesitates to listen to this is making a grave mistake. This is quite possibly the best production on this website from a literary viewpoint. Have at it fellow audible fans!
I downloaded this book simply because Jeremy Irons was the author, without realising the controversial topic. I listened with trepidation for the first hour, and more than once felt uncomfortable enough to check to see how long until the end of the book, and to wonder if I'd make it through the whole thing. In the end I'm glad I did.
The story is one that happens all over the world in one shape or another, every single day. It's confronting and that makes people uncomfortable. My heart bled for Lola, and, one of the reasons the book was palatable in the end, I had no positive or sympathetic emotions for humbert at all.
The ending was a bit disappointing, but the novel was well written.
Worth reading, although some bits are hard to handle. I am very glad that there were no explicit scenes, and upon finishing the book it's clear that the only scene that came close to being explicit had to be included or the book would not have worked.
I'm no prude but this was a strange topic to be reading about. The prose was elegant , descriptions brilliant dialog dated, but in keeping with the period. took me a few chapters to get used to the narrator's accent and timing, but once past that he was the best choice for the role
Beautifully written; awesome performance by the narrator. Somewhat disturbing but a great read. Loved the French.
Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
I have read beautiful, comprehensive, enlightening reviews and will not try to reiterate what they have all said so perfectly. So, I have only three quick points to make.
1. Jeremy Irons' narration is exquisite. He gives voice and life to Humbert Humbert. He allows the character to be creepy and likable at the same time. Somehow he allows the listener to feel compassion for and empathy with this horrid man.
2. The story is disturbing, horrific and repulsive. It is a difficult book to read.
3. The writing is sublime. Nabokov wrote a sad and sickening story with lyrical prose which reminded me how much beauty there is in language. Nabokov painted an ugly story in ethereal, stunningly beautiful words.