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
I have a passion for all things science, music, and outdoors. I am also a "crazy dog lady."
Bold, disturbing, passionate.
I felt as if the book was being performed by the author.
Many, but describing them would give away too much.
I love Jeremy Irons narration, but the subject matter is very disturbing.
It depends on the subject.
I loved the performance
Honestly, I couldn't finish the book.
Absolutely. What an incredible performance by Jeremy Irons. The combination of Nabokov and Irons is genius. There are timed when this performance left me speechless and shaking my head in awe.
Humbert Humbert. Nabokov's prose is absolutely flawless. Irons brings him to life.
Irons' accent, tempo, rhythm, and pauses. Humbert Humbert comes alive. The arrogance, the passion, the selfishness, the desire, the disgust. Most outstanding. Simply brilliant. By far the best audiobook I have every heard. Hands down.
Hard to stop listening.
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.