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  • Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1976)
    Performance
    (1131)
    Story
    (1123)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
    "The perfect voice for reading Nabokov"
    Overall

    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.

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  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21971)
    Performance
    (13406)
    Story
    (13544)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Not just for young adults"
    Overall

    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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