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
Beautifully read by Jeremy Irons, Humbert is endearing despite his monstrosity, happily is still as confronting if not more now than when it was written
"Awkward at start"
I felt really awkward at start listening to this. Considered quitting but listened to the end. It's Not for everyone. Not sure what I expected but the story was 3/5 for me. Beautifully written and read though. It was ok overall
"very interestingly twisted book,excellent narratio"
loved lolita. Amazing story that puts reader in a consrant battle between shock, disgust and sneaky curiosity. tje narration is absolutely excellent
"mesmerising macabre story"
loved this dark tale. recommend to anyone wishing for a well written tale on a dark subject
"A beautifully read but disturbing book"
The plot doesn't lend itself to recommendation but i might recommend it to friends I know well.
The treatment of Lolita by Humbert.
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.
"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.
"Superb narration by Jeremy Irons"
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.
Jeremy Iron's reading of Lolita is outstanding; he has found the perfect tone for the ironic, passionate and subsequently slightly neurotic mr Humbert.
Shocking, illuminating, tragic
A rollercoaster of uncomfortable emotions. Nabokov's writing is a joy.
Beautifully written and performed. Jeremy Irons is superb.
"My favourite audio book so far"
With some of the best writing there is and read by an actor of Irons' calibre, I knew I was in for a treat and this audio book didn't disappoint. Just beautiful.
To be honest, it's the beautifully rich prose rather than the story that I most like about this book.
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