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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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    Karen Karolina Høisæter 04-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Mesmerising"

    The contrast between the beautiful way he writes and the horrible things he writes about, is absolutely wonderful. The narrator takes this to a whole new level!!

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    Mehdi 04-18-16
    Mehdi 04-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great!"

    Loved the story, the storyteller and the language in this book. However, it was some times hard to follow the story as an audio-book, especially if there were many things happening around me. I had to focus to get the most out of it. Inn all other ways it was a wonderful book!

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    Megan 04-18-16
    Megan 04-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "An Audiobook for the literary purist"
    What did you love best about Lolita?

    Lolita is a complicated novel. It exists within the cultural cannon and is accepted for its literary merits, however the subject matter will never be discussed with ease or comfort. Just when you have written off Humbert as the incorrigible madman that he is, the dynamic (and unreliable) narration pulls you back in. It's hard to distinguish the real from the surreal, the fantastic from the actual - and in the end it doesn't matter. Nabokov commands the English language and the landscape of the USA as if it were uniquely his own.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lolita?

    The road trip after retrieving Lolita from camp is full of memorable landscapes in the text and such evocative images of America during the 1950's. Nabokov plays with the concept of a very adult relationship and the realities of a young, teenage girl in a very humorous and irreverent manner however still draws on the darkness of innocence lost.


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

    Jeremy Irons is an actor - and I don't simply mean that he acted in the film adaptation of Lolita, but he acts in the audiobook as all characters with ease and subtlety of an artist. He emotes as Humbert, he is irreverent as Humbert, he is disgusting as Humbert, and he is sympathetic as Humbert. In reading the book it is easy to superimpose your own judgments on the character and miss some of the delicately woven trickery that makes this novel thrilling to read. I have never been so thrilled with language as reading this novel, hearing the audio spoken by Irons is an art to be consumed.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are someone who doesn't quite derive the same pleasure from an audiobook as a written text, the rich language of Nabokov is illuminated and made even more pleasurable by this reading by Irons. Read, re-read, listen, re-listen you will always find more in Lolita.

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    Ariodante 04-13-16
    Ariodante 04-13-16
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    "First wasn't sure"

    Wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this book specifically after finding out about the subject matter.

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    Andy Locke Amherst, MA, US 04-10-16
    Andy Locke Amherst, MA, US 04-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't let the preview fool you"

    The preview is from the prologue, which (thankfully) is in a different voice from the rest of the novel, which is lyrical, enthralling, and well worth your time.

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    Amanda 04-08-16
    Amanda 04-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "wasn't worth it."

    Pricy mistake. I regret this expensive purchase. It's incredibly rambling and annoyingly boring. Not worth the twenty word review.

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    annette 04-07-16
    annette 04-07-16
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    "Jeremy Irons reads Lolita - perfect"
    Would you listen to Lolita again? Why?

    Yes. Jeremy Irons is brilliant -- the nuance of this troubling tale is brought to life by Irons.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are no likable characters in this story. It is an exploration of wickedness, old school wickedness.


    Have you listened to any of Jeremy Irons’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Movies, yes, and this is my first Irons audiobook. I'll look for others.


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    Andriy 04-02-16
    Andriy 04-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic"
    What did you love best about Lolita?

    The story line


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ever changing human psyche. Raw and deeply sad


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

    I believe the he makes the protagonist more human. Though err, flaw and judged.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Dark corners of human mind


    Any additional comments?

    A sad classic

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    Daniel 03-30-16
    Daniel 03-30-16
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    "Incredible prose, dark humor"

    The contemptuous, petty HH buttresses cynical actions and self serving justifications with hyper vigilant attention to detail and cutting wit. A spectacle, beautifully narrated.

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    matthew j triolo 03-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Blown away. First review I've written"

    This book was so perfectly performed and perfectly written. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Just be prepared for the sensation of a family of metallic spiders crawling up your spine and making their nest in the hairs of your head.

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