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Lolita Audiobook

Lolita

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons portrayed this novel's nymphet-obsessed professor in a filmed adaptation, so it is not surprising he is able to negotiate Nabokov's dense, refined, and fiery prose with great facility. Irons' mastery reminds me of a conductor who studies a score for years and then knows innately how to communicate it to an audience, note-perfect from beginning to end. If you're looking for a fine example of great literature that comes across better in audio than it does on the printed page, you've found it. –Corey Thrasher

Publisher's Summary

When it was published in 1955, Lolita immediately became a cause celebre because of the freedom and sophistication with which it handled the unusual erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Vladimir Nabokov's wise, ironic, elegant masterpiece owes its stature as one of the 20th century's novels of record 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.

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.

(P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    matthew j triolo 03-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Blown away. First review I've written"

    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.

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    Paula Aiello San Francisco bay area, CA 03-18-16
    Paula Aiello San Francisco bay area, CA 03-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Creepy yet amazing"

    Almost unbearably creepy at first but the writing is magnificent. So honest as to be painful.

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    Stephen M. Domanski Boston MA 03-11-16
    Stephen M. Domanski Boston MA 03-11-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Beautiful"

    Irons reads it like he wrote it. Nabokov's mind bogglingly beautiful writing is recited so effortlessly and enjoyably. Fantastic.

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    slYliar 03-09-16
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    "Exceptional"

    Beautifully written, almost felt sorry for him in the end. Could not have selected a better Narrator.

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    quality shopper 03-04-16
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    "Makes Sense"

    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.

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    Kathleen McCabe-Martin Fremont, CA United States 03-04-16
    Kathleen McCabe-Martin Fremont, CA United States 03-04-16
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    "beautiful!"

    brilliant narrator for this story, which is much easier to process than by reading it

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    Patrick Murphy 02-28-16
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    "The best book"
    Would you listen to Lolita again? Why?

    Yes, perhaps, after I've read everything else by Nabokov.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lolita?

    At first, when I realised the plot (I had no idea beforehand). Later, realising the hellishness of it all, even for him.


    What about Jeremy Irons’s performance did you like?

    Everything, it was beyond comparison. He did justice to the beauty of the prose.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not necessarily. It is a book to be cherished - I didn't want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Ingrid 02-24-16
    Ingrid 02-24-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Disturbing, intriguing, beautiful."

    It is so beautifully narrated, that the content comes alive. I loved the use of language by the writer. Very artful.

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    T. Blank 02-23-16
    T. Blank 02-23-16
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    "This is my second time listening to Lolita"

    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!

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    Randy Mongenel 02-08-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Exceptional performance by Jeremy Irons"

    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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