Jeremy Irons has taken one of the greatest novels ever written in the English language and made it better. My inner reading voice doesn't hold a candle to his--- Nabokov himself with his shambling sputtery delivery (as can be heard on old recordings) does not capture HH as Irons does...
Irons's accent shimmers with intelligence, breeding, refinement...and his deep, world-weary voice has sinister notes. This combination reflects HH's suave European aspect and his lurking criminality.
Nabokov packed his sentences with irony and humor some of which is difficult to recognize. Jeremy Irons does a wonderful job of drawing out those nuances.
I have read this book three times and listened twice... even so, the performance does so much to bring this to life that I found myself rewinding a lot... just to listen again to the sentences and to the delivery...
I first listened to this recording on cassette about ten years ago. I was once asked in some context or other for my favorite works of art or performance of all time; I listed this reading in my top five. It remains.
I sort of wish annotated versions of novels would be recorded in audio form... Lolita is a prime prospect for this treatment. What do you think the likelihood is of getting Jeremy Irons to come back to record a stack of footnotes?
Right. I won't hold my breath either.
I listened for an hour. The performance and prose was excellent. However, I can tolerate the subject matter. I cringe about an middle age adult male lusting after a 12-14 girl. No matter how good the product is written and performed it is still the thoughts of heberphile. No, I do not think I am unwashed American prude. No, I do not think if I was "civilized" would I approve or tolerate the story. Again, it appears to be a well written and produced. In addition, I realized the author has no moral objective for the novel. I choose not to stomach the ugly scene that the novel was taking.
I think this is the first time that I've genuinely preferred the narrated version to actually reading the novel. Irons is that good - his grasp of the emotional impact, absurdity and tragedy of different parts of the novel is evident throughout.
I have been "re-reading" books via audible during my commute these past few years, and without question this is one of my favorites. Nabokov was a genius, and no body does it better than Irons.
Definitely. Mesmerizing writing.
Not scene, but the writers descriptions every time he describes his feelings on Lolita.
A favorite doesn't come to mind right now.
I'm not doing this.
Brilliant disturbing rapturous
When Lolita leaves him
Many reactions and it raised many philosophical issues within myself
A must read to challenge oneself
The storyline was exciting, not just the strange love story but the adventure that went with it and Jeremy Iron's great narrating performance.
The controversial perspective of a pedophile and nabokov's excellent job at making a sick man turn into an innocent man, confused but that deserves sympathy.
This was my first time listening. His performance was so good that I downloaded another book narrated by him.
For sure! But couldn't because it is 11 hours long.
The perfect match of Nabokov's sparkling prose and Iron's lyrical narration - it was the best book I read this year. It is perfect for "emersion" reading/listening. Cannot recommend more highly, this is a -must listen-
Humbert, of course. Why? Some things cannot be explained.
Yes. And it is a book to listen to again and again.
This book is a masterpiece.
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.
A classic I've finally gotten around to. Breathtaking
Jeremy Irons was fantastic. He transported me to the inside of Humberts' mind.
No - I needed time to digest.
Who would think a book about a pedophile could be this great? It is worthy of the title "classic".
At the top.
Lolita and her character development from prey to the predator.
Jeremy was excellent. His accent and inflection perfectly reflected my imaginings of the character.