Like James Joyce's work, Lolita has always been commended to me as a masterpiece of humor and multi-textuality, but I have never made the time for it. Until now. Hearing Jeremy Irons sing through Nabokov's text is an utter joy. His voice registers both unctuous and precise; the perfect pitch for the paradoxical eros and pathos that plagues Humbert Humbert. I loved Irons' reading so much, I bought a copy of the text to read while listening to his sublime performance.
I met a college sophomore on a bus in Krakow, Poland, who raved about this book. I wrote it off to youthful exuberance, but his excitement stuck in my head and I ordered Ender's Game as my first book from Audible.com. As soon as I began listening I realized this was not just a book for young adults - it's complex, dark and often wrenching as young Ender Wiggin is molded into a space warrior. The political subtext of the book also drags you in, as left and right battle for the world's minds on the Web, even as the young soldiers battle the world's enemies in space. The lengthy interview with Orson Scott Card is also an interesting coda to a fascinating story. I'm glad I met that young man who opened me to Ender's world.
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