you obviously must read Lolita at least once! the first 1/4 of the book is difficult to follow since the taboo subject matter is described so beautifully that you may find yourself uncomfortable at points. if you keep listening you'll realize why this novel is praised for its brilliance for decades. also, Jeremy Irons does an incredible job narrating it!
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.
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Jeremy Irons channels this book. Nabokov's love affair with the English language gets its ideal narrator. Irons has the voice and dramatic depth to bring the book to life, which is the highest compliment I can ever give a narrator. The plot of Lolita pretty much plays out in Part One. Part Two is less plot driven and this is where Irons' and Nabokov's respective talents come together in a symbiotic way. If you have tried and failed to read Lolita on your own, don't be deterred from giving the audio a try. Lolita is a masterpiece but not an easy book for most of us to read. Listen instead.
This book is an exemplary and poetic work. While the story might prove somewhat disturbing for some listeners, the performance is superb and the novel itself is fascinating and captivating. I found it incredibly interesting to delve into the mind of the narrator, whose desires and ideals fall well outside the boundaries of normal sexuality and even sanity. Bravo.