Awe and exhilaration, along with heartbreak and mordant wit, abound in this account of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America. But most of all, it is a meditation on love - as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation.
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"Lolita is an authentic work of art which compels our immediate response and serious reflection, a revealing and indispensable comedy of horrors." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Language is essential to Lolita, and Mr. Irons captures Humbert's voice perfectly. In the Random House audiobook, he read the novel with a sensitivity to the language that conveys all of Nabokov's humor, passion, and lyricism." (The New York Times)
This book was so perfectly performed and perfectly written. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Just be prepared for the sensation of a family of metallic spiders crawling up your spine and making their nest in the hairs of your head.
Irons reads it like he wrote it. Nabokov's mind bogglingly beautiful writing is recited so effortlessly and enjoyably. Fantastic.
I read this book several years ago and have always felt somewhat confused and slighted by the story. Listening to it was the solution. This reader does such a great job with the character, and I was able to follow along much better listening. A very challenging and intriguing story with mystery and thoughtfulness. I would definitely recommend.
Yes, perhaps, after I've read everything else by Nabokov.
At first, when I realised the plot (I had no idea beforehand). Later, realising the hellishness of it all, even for him.
Everything, it was beyond comparison. He did justice to the beauty of the prose.
Not necessarily. It is a book to be cherished - I didn't want it to end.
This is the best book I have listened to on Audible, all things considered. The prose is comparable to the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, though this story is a class apart.
I was astounded by Nabokov skill in telling a story that is so repulsive that the reader squirms and his ability to draw out empathy. I found myself questioning my own values on numerous subjects.
Jeremy Irons is H. H. BRILLANT!
Catching up on the literary classics brought me to this performance of Lolita by Jeremy Irons. Never have I listened to a book reading with this quality of expression.
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