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Lolita Audiobook

Lolita

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.
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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 inately 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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    Adrienne Bonilla Albany, NY United States 08-01-15
    Adrienne Bonilla Albany, NY United States 08-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Phenomenal!"

    A beautifully written, disturbing, thought provoking, provocative, poetic story. Jeremy Irons reading is languid, liqueur for the ears. Hated for it to end.

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    DannyF 07-28-15
    DannyF 07-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Narrator and great plot"

    Jeremy Irons did a great job as a narrator. Although I couldn't stop imagining as if Scar the character from The Lion King was narrating this story.
    In over all, it was worth the time and the money.

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    HBD Birmingham, AL 07-25-15
    HBD Birmingham, AL 07-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A true classic"

    I had to read it twice to fully appreciate this book. The first read was overwhelming due to the reader's exposure to Humbert's preferences. The second read was so I could enjoy the book for what it is - a beautifully written book with dashes of dry humor.

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    Dana Jackson OXFORD, GEORGIA, US 07-21-15
    Dana Jackson OXFORD, GEORGIA, US 07-21-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Glorified pediphile"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the main character and those like him never existed.


    What character would you cut from Lolita?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't get past the first chapters. I'm flabbergasted that this is considered acceptable entertainment.

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    Prairie 07-20-15
    Prairie 07-20-15
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    "Most beautiful pedophilic story ever. "

    I bought this only having heard the title and reading the publishers description, which in hindsight does amazing backflips to avoid mentioning its pedophilic rapist main character.

    That being said, this is a beautifully written book. There's no question that any lesser writer would not have been able to get this type of story published or popularized quite like Nabokov. Jeremy irons did an amazing narration.

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    Susan Westborough, Morocco 07-20-15
    Susan Westborough, Morocco 07-20-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Finally!"

    Published the year I was born, and I finally "read" it. Slow at first, but the road trips were interesting observation of America that do not seem dated.

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    Kristi 07-15-15
    Kristi 07-15-15
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    "God bless Vladimir Nabokov"

    One of the best literally works ever created by human hands, it's funny, witty, vulgar, and completely beautiful!!!

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    Nina 07-13-15
    Nina 07-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Read only if you enjoy child abuse"

    Jeremy Irons, however, is a wonderful narrator. But that only makes this story all the more difficult.

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    William 07-09-15
    William 07-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "It's Jeremy Friggin' Irons & Nabokov. Done."

    Bless Vladimir's heart; only he could've taken such a horrid subject & provided it to us in such a captivating bundle.

    And if'n we're gonna saunter through his bundle, then thank you for giving us Jeremy's voice to guide us.

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    Donna 07-09-15
    Donna 07-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A masterpiece for mature minds"

    A unique exploration of the dark and sometimes bright avenues compulsively traversed by one so human being. By turns repellant and heartbreaking, but always familiar, recognizable.
    Gotta mention--as compelling as the disturbing themes are, Jeremy Irons' perfect (yes, perfect) reading, his mere voice, are so entrancing that I found myself losing track of the story. I kept awakening from the enchanting melodic dream he weaves amid the lush evocative prose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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