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)
No I wouldn't, I have seen and heard true life stories that were much more shocking and scandalous than this.
The ending was no surprise.
I didn't think so.
intriguing, perverse, honest
The pure rawness of it.
Humbert Humbert of course. His American accents sound a bit odd but HH was always on point.
Sometimes it was disgusting, but that is kind of the point I suppose.
Jeremy Irons transforms the story of Lolita that any Nabokov fan would enjoy
First, let me say that Jeremy Irons is an absolutely AMAZING narrator! The life and emotion he gave to the perfomance was outstanding. It was like he was talking to you, not reading a book. His speed varied, his inflection was perfect and, of course, his accent is perfect. Even though the subject matter is absolutely disgusting he brought a life to this classic that enthralled me.
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
the real story got muddled in a lot of unnecessary details. the real story was not told at all. i felt i did not even know the main characters at the end of the book. more attention to the main characters and a more central plot is needed.
i did not know what lolita was thinking. and the main character was shallow (a pun but i mean that he did not come across as real).
not at all. i would not read the book. i would watch the movie tho.
the narrator was fine.
if i could know more about what was in lolita's mind, and what happened to her before her mother remarried, i mite like it better. the
I struggled to stay awake most of the time. This book is like my Grandmother's livingroom. All flowery, overstuffed and full of useless bric-a-brac. With the air way too hot.
I gave up in the end. Guess I can't return for exchange.
I did enjoy the movie.
This book is well written, but the subject matter was more than I could deal with since I worked with children who had been abused for many years. He is sick but to listen to him tell of his sickness is details was not what I call good listening. Sorry I bought this book.
Rationalization of why to go after young teens. Saw it more as porn that a work of art. Would not recommend it.
Even when the book itself is really good, the narrator's job is dissapointing.
I didn't go beyond the first 20 minutes of the program because I was about to fall asleep.
My recommendation: Go out there and buy the book. Do not spend your money on this audio.
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