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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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.
There may be a moment in the book when you find yourself sympathising with the main character, there will be a moment shortly after when you realise it and feel shocked that you did.
The characterisation is very good as is the pacing.
There should not be a film of this book. It is a wonderful book, it explores emotions and obsessions that are rarely dealt with, but, it is better left as a book.
Probably the most disturbing, thought provoking novel I have ever encountered.
"An absolute delight, much better than the film"
His reading is so good, I will now put books he reads at the top of my list
"Disturbing and chilling"
It's hard to 'enjoy' the manipulative and affected narrative voice, but Jeremy Irons does a fantastic job with Nabokov's chilling tale of a man's sexual and total obsession for his young 'daughter.'
"Beautiful prose, unpleasant subject"
Fantastic prose, story telling, character realisation and beautifully narrated. The book is a work of art, I will remember it long after stories I actually enjoyed have faded from my memory.
The subject matter makes this quite a dark and heavy read, where you cannot wish any of the characters well. I can't, with any honesty, say that listening to this was a pleasant experience, but I am glad I endured it.
I have probably enjoyed discussing the book with friends much more than the actual listening.
A thought provoking book which will stay with you, but not something I would want to re-read,
"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.
"Beautiful and Brutal - Love without Love."
This is a story about cruelty dressed up as love. This is a story of obsession.
A man, Humbert Humbert, engulfs the life of a 12 year old girl, Dolorous Haze who he names Lolita.
This is a story of child rape. After a series of events he ends up on the road travelling from motel to hotel to motel along the arteries of America with his little prisoner.
This is a story of sexual obsession, repression, enslavement.
This is also a book of supreme literary beauty and here we find the discomforting confrontation of the novel Lolita. That thing that repels every atom with its frank and twisted abdication of all moral norms while at the same time drawing the reader in to face their own pre-conceived moral certainties head-on.
Never has a novel, albeit one written in the 1950's, challenged the reader on so many levels. To read with chilling repulsion of the crimes that are committed while simultaneously marveling at the power of language and literature, euphemism and èntendres, that prowl through this story, biting the willing hand off the reader and cleverly chucking little bombs into the narration that always leaves the reader dusting him/herself down and breathing out sharply.
Jeremy Irons does this book a wonderful service and he certainly earns his corn here, putting in the performance of a life time.
"Fantastic book! So glad I listened & so surprised"
I bought this book because its a classic and a book you're supposed to read so I thought I'd give it a try. I'm glad I did, I was hooked from start to finish. Who'd have thought a book about paedophilia would be one of the best books I've read! Very well written and a very interesting perspective. Highly recommended.
"Enjoyable, well read"
I enjoyed this narration by Jeremy Iron's but the subject matter is rather disturbing. Still very enjoyable.
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