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)
Irons gave a rich performance that lent an authenticity to the creepy character of H.H. He oscillated between the lyrical speech of a poet and the ranting diatribe of a madman. It was repugnant and alluring, disturbing and beautiful.
I just adore an unreliable narrator...
Love reading. Interested in books in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
Fantastic book very well constructed and Jeremy Irons reading it was just perfect. No wonder why this is a classic!
Hands down the best narrated audible book. Jeremy Irons is an amazing Humbert Humbert. You feel like he is really telling you his story - not reading a book to you. Yes, the topic is creepy and troubling but it is so well written and narrated that it makes you laugh and cry as well as squeam. I highly recommend.
Ok, I get it, it's mega taboo. But it really was just so beautifully written. By then end I was left with a knot in my stomach that didn't go away for days. I really loved the story, the narration, everything.
Didn't read it.
Only that I love Nabakov's writing. This was my first & I will definitely seek out more of his books. I am also a big fan of David Foster Wallace.
An absolutely wonderful listening experience for me. The best reader I've encountered in my approx 1-year new dedication to audio-books. I will also seek out other Irons' readings.
Not extreme but definitely moved in many different ways at different times.
Highly recommend this book. I don't give such praise easily.
Simply fantastic in every way, except for the way in which most people would concur! A purchase of this brilliant work should come sooner than later.
I was excited to read this book after I saw it recommended if you liked You by Caroline Kepnes and I LOVED that book. But this just fell flat. I couldn't wait for it to be over and just kept waiting for it to get better.
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