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 have a passion for all things science, music, and outdoors. I am also a "crazy dog lady."
Bold, disturbing, passionate.
I felt as if the book was being performed by the author.
Many, but describing them would give away too much.
I love Jeremy Irons narration, but the subject matter is very disturbing.
It depends on the subject.
I loved the performance
Honestly, I couldn't finish the book.
Absolutely. What an incredible performance by Jeremy Irons. The combination of Nabokov and Irons is genius. There are timed when this performance left me speechless and shaking my head in awe.
Humbert Humbert. Nabokov's prose is absolutely flawless. Irons brings him to life.
Irons' accent, tempo, rhythm, and pauses. Humbert Humbert comes alive. The arrogance, the passion, the selfishness, the desire, the disgust. Most outstanding. Simply brilliant. By far the best audiobook I have every heard. Hands down.
Hard to stop listening.
The story of Lolita is sad, complex, and tragic. The reading was a bit too dramatic at times, but the story was so fascinating that I was compelled to listen until the end.
What can one say about this book, the writing, and the reader? Unlike anything I have heard before or ever expect to hear again. In short, a classic of the first order.
Jeremy Irons made this incredibly rich and complex story come to life. Without his narration, I would have never made it 15 minutes into this book. I loved how he really brought Humbert Humberto together. His flawless delivery of each word made this an easy complex book to listen to.
Whenever the main character became jealous, you good feel the rage through Jeremy Irons' delivery.
The main character. As I said, flawless.
Jeremy Irons already portrayed the main character in the movie version. The tag line would be "You will understand at the end."
BEST BOOK I'VE HEARD ON AUDIBLE.COM. Unbelievable performance. Truly award winning in my opinion. You won't be disappointed.
Irons's voice is perfectly fit for this story. His delivery truly brings out the chilling nature of the subject.
Had I had the time, there is a good chance I would have been able to listen in one sitting.
This is a profound work of literary fiction that gets to the (rotten?) heart of mid-20th century America. There are many layers of symbols and references to unpack - it makes me want to write an essay about the book and I haven't taken a college course in 20 years. The plot is not for the faint of heart or for the young, but Nabokov has complete mastery of the English language and of his characters, writing prose that often reads like poetry.
Irons's Humbert is spot-on and flawless. His portrayal of Dolores is not as strong: American ears can hear him straining to get the (American) accent right. His use of emotion and tone is precise and perfect, with Humbert's voice ranging from monstrous to sympathetic as required by the text. It is hard to imagine any actor who could be a better choice.
Growing up, Lolita was always one of those "taboo" books. After listening, I thoroughly enjoyed the performance. No swear words at all. Very well read. Not about a sexy young thing throwing herself around. Not really any sex in the book at all. I would recommend this to anyone willing to see a different point of view.
The story is told by Humbert Humbert'- a frustrated pedophile who finally has an opportunity to act on his impulses with Lolita, his landlady's 12 year old daughter. The man is despicable and awful and sick. I cringed as I listened to some of the passages. But the writing was so beautiful and astonishingly rich, it made up for the terrible events described in the book.
I can't say enough good things about the way Jeremy Irons narrated this audiobook. In fact, I think the book would have been vastly less engaging for me if I had read it myself.
Irons embodied the pedophile's character so convincingly, I'm not sure I will ever be able to watch him in another movie without thinking of Humbert Humbert.
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