This book is essential reading for anyone interested in popular culture, journalism, politics, comedy etc. The narrator is likely the worst possible choice the publisher could have made and I sincerely hope they re-record it, but it is still far more than worth it.
The narration in this recording was absolutely intolerable, and the audio quality is fuzzy and hollow. I gave up after fifteen minutes and bought the recording by David Timson, who is excellent.
Tragic, hilarious, desperately dark, and devastatingly beautiful, Lolita is a work of incomparable genius. Nabokov's love of language and mastery of the craft flow through every facet of the text. In his written world, wordplay is a deadly game, and the Old Russian plays with words like a predator with its prey, drawing blood with each deft stroke of the pen. I have read Lolita every year or so for many years, and each reading reveals new joys and sorrows awaiting discovery in the narrative like hidden gems.
I was a bit apprehensive about hearing the book I love so dearly read aloud by someone else, but Jeremy Irons' superbly adept reading is an asset rather than a liability. His narration does not encumber Nabokov's brilliant narrative, but allows the words to leap from the page to shimmer and dance the way they were meant to. It is not often that I would recommend an audio version of a book as highly as the written one, but in this case I most wholeheartedly will. Everyone should read Lolita, or at the very least, have Jeremy Irons read it to you.
Though a tad light on the hard science, Dawkins' exemplary intelligence and passion make this a compelling read. Accessible to laymen and interesting enough to keep the attention of those who may not find biological textbooks to be utterly captivating beach reading material.
I simply cannot recommend this book enough. Objective, intelligent, scientific, and human. With a cool and steady narrative hand, Pinker accomplishes what Dawkins, whose fire is often his flaw, cannot. Necessary reading for all humans.
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