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Lolita | [Vladimir Nabokov]

Lolita

Savagely funny and hauntingly sad, Lolita is Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel. It is the story of tortured college professor Humbert Humbert and his dangerous obsession with honey-skinned schoolgirl Dolores Haze.
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Publisher's Summary

Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of my tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.

Savagely funny and hauntingly sad, Lolita is Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel. It is the story of tortured college professor Humbert Humbert and his dangerous obsession with honey-skinned schoolgirl Dolores Haze.

Determined to possess his "Lolita", Humbert embarks on a disastrous journey across an American landscape littered with fast-food diners, gas stations and lonely motels. Brilliantly evocative and bitingly satirical in its depiction of postwar America, Lolita still has the power to shock and beguile.

©1955 Vladimir Nabokov; (P)2005 Random House Audio

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  • G
    Pire sur SeicheFrance
    10/27/10
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    "First class"

    Superb writing. Excellent narration. A great book. A disturbing and unsettling story however, at times revolting. One must not lose sight of the fact that it's fiction, not autobiographical.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ken Inglis
    5/25/15
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    "Mesmerizing narration!"

    Over half a century on from its initial publication, this book still remains disturbing and shocking!

    Universally accepted as a modern classic, it is described as a tragic comedy. However, don't expect any laughs. The author creates a truly detestable anti hero who's relationship with the eponymous Lolita should leave no place for any emotion except revulsion. That you do feel empathy for him, towards the end of the book, is something that you may not thank the author for.

    The book is written in a self-consciously literary style. There is subtle word play and considerable use of French phrases and language which are impossible to fully appreciate in a rapid audio format. The plot is easily followed but feels contrived; with a final conclusion that I found unrealistic and a slight afterthought.

    Narration in this work is simply mesmerizing. Jeremy Irons gives a performance which is both urbane, educated and monstrous all at the same time. Igore his portrayal of peripheral characters, it is in his depiction of the central protagonist that his liquid voice resonates love, desolation and madness.

    This is not an easy audiobook to listen to. The subject matter is revolting. Linguistically, the book is knowingly high brow. There are sections of it written in French, which receive no translation!

    This is a clsssic though. It comes alive through Iron's haunting voice and will stay with the listener many weeks after.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GalaxianX
    5/8/15
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    "Tantalisingly sublime reading."

    All has already been said of this novel. I wish therefore to stray my adoration to the encapsulating and faultless narration of Mr Irons. So beautifully read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stephenodonnell
    5/1/15
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    "Irons is amazing"

    A classic - disturbing yet compelling listening. The choice of Irons as the narrator is perfect. I loved every minute of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss B Jackson
    4/3/15
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    "No, it's not just about a paedophile"
    If you could sum up Lolita in three words, what would they be?

    Scintillating, dark, lasting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lolita?

    The opening lines are masterful. Nabokov writing style is precise and evocative. His description of the building obsession is the most intense part of the novel.


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

    Jeremy Iron's voice fits perfectly with the character Humbert Humbert. I can't extract the two from each other.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Gloucester, United Kingdom
    3/23/15
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    "Some call this a classic..."

    ....But i wish i didn't waste a credit on it... not for me at all...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony James
    11/29/14
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    "Superb narration by Jeremy Irons"
    What made the experience of listening to Lolita the most enjoyable?

    Jeremy Irons' narration perfectly captures the monsterous Herbet Humbert while the author never lets you forget his humanity. The effect is chilling, in this disturbing and brilliant novel.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Molly
    8/13/14
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    "Hauntingly Beautiful"
    What did you like most about Lolita?

    Jeremy Irons' milky telling of Lolita really brings Humbert to life especially through the prosaic nature of the novel. At some points it almost feels like poetry. I also particularly enjoyed Irons' excellent comic timing which made Humbert the anti-hero he is destined to be.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eva
    Co. longford, Ireland
    7/23/14
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    "A new standard in audiobooks."
    Any additional comments?

    Possibly my most enjoyable audiobook experience so far. One of my favourite books, a tricksy slippery cheat of a novel, brilliantly read by Jeremy Irons. He captures Nabokov's coin-flip portrayal of HH as both a sympathetic character and the embodiment of cruelty with deceptive ease.
    I will definitely return to this to listen again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Annika
    Sweden
    7/21/14
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    "Fantastic performance"

    Jeremy Iron's reading of Lolita is outstanding; he has found the perfect tone for the ironic, passionate and subsequently slightly neurotic mr Humbert.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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