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.
Say something about yourself!
So beautifully written with such a dark subject matter. Insightful & tragic.
Jeremy Irons was perfect!
I wanted to be repulsed by the subject matter but it such a dead on rendering of the ill mental state of someone with pedophilia was so masterfully created that you have to continue with wonder and fascination. It is told so well from that point of view that you find yourself at times wanting to be sympathetic. Then small fragments of barely acknowledged scenes stab into your gut and brain the image & the sound of Dolores' crying when she thinks Humbert is asleep. The picture of an innocent child watching Saturday cartoons without bottoms as a monster does unspeakable things to her while she is on his lap. Those moments will stay with me for life. I think of the Lolita's out there and though this story is fictional it has so accurately caught the heart and soul of the darkest human experiences that I know somewhere for someone those moments are true.
This book was so well written that it was very disturbing. I had to take several breaks from the story just to cleanse my soul of the main character`s mental depravity. Reading the story with the maturity of an adult and professional educator makes it even more difficult as I can not view the story or characters as just fictionalized images. Nor can I view Lolita as the seductive teen she is portrayed in the media images associated with the story. For the Lolita that Humbert Humbert became sexually obsessed with is but a pre-adolescent girl child of 12.
I am relatively new to audio books and this was one of my first experiences. Jeremy Irons knows this role because he studied it, worked for it, fought it, and accepted it. Listening to him fight truly engulf this tortured sick character and the way he reads Lolita herself is a perfect performance. He has a way of dangling each word over you and make you understand it's relevance. Though his character is one begging to be understood (in a somewhat arrogant way) he still retains the civility and poise for a man of his time. Incredible.
Listening to Humbert Humbert long for this young child can be jarring. Overall the most poignant moment, for me, was when you realize that each character has been fooling you and themselves. The criminal isn't always who you thought.
When Lolita says goodbye to him before she is taken away by her mother to camp.
This book made me feel uncomfortable and quite inspired.
Do yourself a favour and listen to this book with Jeremy Irons' voice. He truly understands this story and it is a gift.
Have not read it
The way Humbert Humbert describes Charlotte, the nymphets and the motels