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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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    Luciana Russo Vichino 06-13-16 Member Since 2015

    Love reading. Interested in books in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

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    "CLASSIC"

    Fantastic book very well constructed and Jeremy Irons reading it was just perfect. No wonder why this is a classic!

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    PMG California 06-13-16
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    "Fantastic performance."

    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.

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    brighidxo 06-13-16
    brighidxo 06-13-16
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    "Lo. Lola. Lolita."

    Lovely. The way H.H. describes his love for lolita is so breathtaking you almost forget it's so wrong. Who knew evil could sound so beautiful?

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    Lorena 06-01-16
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    "this book made my heart hurt"

    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.

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    Mike Keith 05-26-16
    Mike Keith 05-26-16
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    "Awesome! AAA+++"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lolita to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read it.


    What other book might you compare Lolita to and why?

    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.


    What does Jeremy Irons bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not extreme but definitely moved in many different ways at different times.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book. I don't give such praise easily.

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    Amazon Customer 05-24-16
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    "Greatest work known to man."

    It captures the true feeling of a male... There is nothing so eloquently put as this work.

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    Amazon Customer SAN DIEGO, US, Canada 05-17-16
    Amazon Customer SAN DIEGO, US, Canada 05-17-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Lo and behold the air is thin around this book!"

    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.

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    Jessica Uran 05-10-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Tried to like it"

    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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    VICTOR MIRANDA 05-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "well done"

    everything about this was great. Especially the narrator he really told the story well. . This isn't a review. Not sure why audible has to be 20 words to say a few good thing.

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    Evan Morgan 05-06-16
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    "It Doesn't Get Better Than This"
    If you could sum up Lolita in three words, what would they be?

    I can not


    What other book might you compare Lolita to and why?

    No other


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ones with Humbert in them


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This is no way to review a masterpiece. Our Beloved N. would loathe this kind of formulaic review. Jeremy Irons does more than read Lolita, he is the only voice this book was ever meant to have. I wish we could know what Nabokov would have thought of this presentation.

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