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)
A unique exploration of the dark and sometimes bright avenues compulsively traversed by one so human being. By turns repellant and heartbreaking, but always familiar, recognizable.
Gotta mention--as compelling as the disturbing themes are, Jeremy Irons' perfect (yes, perfect) reading, his mere voice, are so entrancing that I found myself losing track of the story. I kept awakening from the enchanting melodic dream he weaves amid the lush evocative prose.
It was about Pedophilia:( Very disappointing... > The book was recommended by listeners and is seen, in some circles a literary masterpiece, so I thought I would give it a try. I'm not seeing the masterpiece in it at all. One reviewer stated "If you can get past the topic it's really a great love story" WHAT? Granted, I couldn't ready the entire book, but at no point did I envision a love story coming from this book. If anything, I envision the story of how a grown man abused and little girl to fulfill some past lust that was unfulfilled:(
Again, reader was fine, topic was not
I had a very hard time getting past the fact that the grown man was fantasizing over a little girls. I think I stopped a chapter 3 or 4.
I can't believe anyone would publish such garbage. I kept waiting for the story to get better but it actually got worse. It is simply crazy rambling! I am giving it one star for the performance. If I could give the story a negative rating it would be a negative 5!
The well known story of a well-educated pedophile and the 12 yr old girl that becomes his life's obsession. Nabokov has the uncanny ability to write gorgeous prose about a vile subject. The reader will catch himself enjoying the narrator's wit and style only to be checked when another despicable act is casually mentioned. Acted superbly by Jeremy Irons.
Superbly read masterpiece. Oh Nabokov! Oh Irons! Listen again and again to this one because it will continually astound.
The readers voice is drawling and difficult to listen to.
Less quiet and boring voice
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I Liked it and hated it, didn't want to put it down or keep listening. It had the best narration I've heard in a while. On the whole the book was good, a piece of literary history with the Good, the bad, and the ugly, all wrapped up in to one.
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.
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