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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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    Hollis Chabuliabot 09-27-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Needs editing & a different reader"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    HH looks down on everybody and everything except Lolita. He is such a pompous ass I can't help feeling there is a lot of Nabokov in HH. Leaves me thinking that Nabokov, while very intelligent man, was mental midget in comparison to his estimation of himself, or a genius like Leonardo.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Vladimir Nabokov? Why or why not?

    Yes, I am interesting in reading what this author wrote beyond this book.


    What didn’t you like about Jeremy Irons’s performance?

    I did not like Jerry's narration. It's such an arrogant text to begin with, and Jerry only further intensified that posing.


    Was Lolita worth the listening time?

    Maybe, the book is a little long winded. Would be a better book at half the length.


    Any additional comments?

    A good effort. I would like to see the author trim the novel and make HH a more human character.

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    Wade Manns 09-24-15
    Wade Manns 09-24-15
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    "Perverted and vile, but touching in a way"

    I had to listen to this (or read it, but this was far more efficient for my time) as part of my Fiction and Film class at my university. A big part of my hanging on to it was Jeremy Irons' narration, which is pretty amazing; he's a great actor! If I could not buy this audiobook, I would have most definitely struggled; it is by turns haunting and wretched, soaringly beautiful and wretchedly ugly. My skin crawled at times, but I'm happy I listened all the way through.

    A very well-deserved $22.60 - I wasn't even miffed that there was no discount for owning the Kindle Edition!

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    James 09-23-15
    James 09-23-15

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    "Interesting insights into a mind"

    The book was interesting and had the feel of "Crime and Punishment" -- watching someone with a somewhat twisted mind descend further and further, an imminent train wreck.

    The narration was pretty good. However, the book periodically uses phrases in French that seem important at times. In a printed version, these might be explained in a footnote or appendix, but there's no such thing here so those phrases are simply lost.

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    Sophie Bielders EDINA, MN, US 09-18-15
    Sophie Bielders EDINA, MN, US 09-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great audiobook!"

    Exceptional production, Jeremy irons gives the audiobook a whole other dimension. I definitely recommend it

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    J. Schimpf Seattle, WA USA 09-11-15
    J. Schimpf Seattle, WA USA 09-11-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Utterly brilliant"

    Jeremy Irons' reading could not be better. The book is a masterpiece that stands alone but the reading brings it to life. A joy to listen to again and again.

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    Jackie Canada 09-11-15
    Jackie Canada 09-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful and grotesque"

    The writing is amazing and beautiful, and the story is morose and heart wrenching. Still it is a fascinating case study into his mind.

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    Temple Elliott 08-27-15
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    "Irons is Brilliant!"

    Enjoy Nabokov's rich language and characters read by one of the best....Humbert brought to life - amusing, oily, narcisisstic, and horrible....GREAT!

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  • "The idiots guide to pedophilia"

    This was probably written by an expert pedophile. This book teaches others how to become one.

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    Cornelis 08-25-15
    Cornelis 08-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Gets into your psyche like a Lovecraft Horror"

    Eerie narrator, captures Humbert Humbert as I imagined him. First time I've ever felt I could feel empathy for a character who identifies as a child rapist. I think I'm going to go watch a whole lot of BDSM triple x porn now to try and feel pure again.

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    Holly B 08-12-15
    Holly B 08-12-15

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    "Hmm... It is about a Pedophile."

    It is so beautifully written but it was at times hard to hear him talk about a child that way. Even though he didn't get overly graphic.

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