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)
I wish to make a comment to those reluctant to take up this great work of literature given that, as is well known, the protagonist engages in profoundly abhorrent behavior. You may marvel at Nabokov's literary genius with the knowledge that, near the end of the story, the protagonist reveals a subtle awareness of the depth of the harm he has done to his victim. Finally, the narration is, by far, the best I have ever heard of any book.
I love the word, written and read aloud. I listen to books nonstop. And Colin Firth should read more books for Audible. Just sayin'.
Jeremy Irons lives this book in this performance. Maybe it's because he acted in a film version of the movie or maybe it's because he's actually superhuman as a reader. The book comes alive in new ways, and I've read the book multiple times and seen all film versions of Nabokov's true masterpiece. Irons gets into Humbert's head and dwells there while we listen. Astounding.
Humbert Humbert--only one of the richest characters in all of 20th-century literature.
Irons IS Humbert but not only in the sense that's he's acting out Humbert's fantasies and life. Because the books is a first person narrative story, Irons is able to generate a unique energy in her performance.
Not quite all in one sitting, no. But I couldn't turn it off and I had to actually pull my car over on the highway because some of Nabokov's sentences, and Irons' delivery of them, stopped my heart for a few minutes.
The perfect voice for one of the greatest novels of all time. The inflection in his voice was perfect and he demonstrates an understanding of the narrator/character well beyond the norm for this price point. This is really the perfect version of Lolita.
Just the mear thought that his love traveled so deeply do heartfelt and Dearing for a 12 year old child was a struggle to understand. When it was finished I had mixed feelings. Poor Humbert could never feel a reciprocation of his love for Lolita because of her sheer childish nature.
The performance is stellar. Much better then my english professor reading extended passages. Seven more words remaining here is one
The conversational style of the narrator kept me interested throughout. I'm working my way through the Classics. The main character is vile and the story is disturbing, but it's almost like a conversation with him over coffee.
At first the story line started out slow and weak. But I kept listening and got caught up in the life of this monster. Almost to the point of understanding him in his sickness. What a way to look at the other side of a tragedy
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