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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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    Amazon Customer 01-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent listen"

    Jeremy Irons. Perfect as Humbert. Perfect as the mother, perfect as Lolita. Nothing else to say, simply perfection.

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    Samuel Nesbitt 01-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Boring and meaningless"

    I don't understand how this novel could give us the modern definition of "Lolita". The story was predictable and boring.

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    Ginell Philippines 01-14-16
    Ginell Philippines 01-14-16 Member Since 2016

    I mainly enjoy YA literature, though I do venture to other genres if the description of a book catches my fancy. I get attached stories.

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    "If I didn't have to go to work, I'd have finished"

    I was surprised how absolutely engrossed I was in the story. At first it was a bit unnerving to think the narrator was talking about young girls, but then after a while you seem to forget.

    It was so eloquently written, and Jeremy Irons read it so wonderfully, that I really would have finished it in a day had I not been obligated to do other things.

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    Eileen 01-14-16
    Eileen 01-14-16
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    "offensive"

    I am struggling with this book
    not what I expected. I continue to try listening but gave up 3rd try
    oy

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    Samuel DARTMOUTH, MA, United States 01-11-16
    Samuel DARTMOUTH, MA, United States 01-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Terrifying, Disgusting, and Sad."

    A delicate but forceful piece of literature that confronts the audience with the dark and difficult humanity of an unfortunate and dangerous person.

    I would prefer to be able to read and then look up the many French phrases used throughout. But otherwise the audio format does nothing to detract from the work. And Jeremy Irons' performance, disturbingly pleasant to hear, is a good compliment to the tasteful (if slightly purple) prose style supposedly written by such an otherwise unsavory character.

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    Sailing4Ever 01-06-16
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    "Should have read/listened sooner"

    I never had any interest in reading Lolita because, well, the subject matter was just too offensive. But knowing its historical literary significance, I decided to give it a listen. I realize now that it is indeed a literary masterpiece. Although we know what is happening to the characters (Lolita, specifically), the prose is so lovely and masterful, that I rarely stopped to think about the underlying theme. And Jeremy Irons... I'm at a loss for words. He is phenomenal....just, phenomenal.

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    perspective 01-02-16
    perspective 01-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Lyrically disturbing"
    Would you listen to Lolita again? Why?

    No, although it is a classic. This is a story that will sit in the memory for a very long time.


    What other book might you compare Lolita to and why?

    The Wasp Factory. The shock and the horror of the texts make for an edgy read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Umm, can I honestly say none of it! It is a deeply disturbing yet excellent book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but it moved me through a sense of disgust.


    Any additional comments?

    An outstanding novel, superb narration but not one that one enjoys. It is dark.

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    Charles 01-01-16
    Charles 01-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Could not finish"

    Strange and very uncomfortable to listen to. Maybe I needed to listen longer, but the general concept was just creepy.

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    BMR 12-27-15
    BMR 12-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Masterful performance"

    Superb, seductive, enchanting telling. Bought on a whim due to a sale, a classic to read- so glad I did!

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    Charles Johnson SF Bay Area, USA 12-25-15
    Charles Johnson SF Bay Area, USA 12-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Irons is amazing"

    Irons' performance is amazing. He captures the dark humor of Nabokov's villain Humbert Humbert, the sometimes hilarious depths of his delusions, makes him human, and pitiable, and terrifying, and oh so much more monstrous in the result.

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