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  • Lolita

  • By: Vladimir Nabokov
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,770

Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece

  • By Erez on 05-29-08

Listening to this made feel like a perv...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-14

If you could sum up Lolita in three words, what would they be?

"What the eff?"

What could Vladimir Nabokov have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not much probably, but I guess that's the point. Don't get me wrong, this was a well-written book, beautifully written, in fact, but, dude, the subject matter and the details he'd go into about it was cringe-worthy.

Which character – as performed by Jeremy Irons – was your favorite?

I don't know. I was really paying attention to that, but he did an awesome job. Not having to do with Jeremy Irons' great performance, there is not one likable character.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not particularly, no

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Affinity

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 243

Named Author of the Year at the 2003 British BookAwards, Sarah Waters is the author of Tipping the Velvet, a New York Times Notable Book. Once inside the concrete walls of Millbank Prison, Margaret Prior, hired to speak with the female inmates, becomes all too aware that what she perceives to be reality may not be so. Bringing new ideas to her mind is the beautiful, but dangerous criminal Selina Dawes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and Rich in Detail

  • By Ilana on 02-20-15

Beautifully Bleak & Gloriously Gritty

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-13

Where does Affinity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's not the best, but it's way above average. It's not my favorite among Sarah Waters' work, but it's just because it's kind of a downer. Although, it's still beautifully written and well thought out. In my opinion, listening to Affinity is way better than listening to a book that was written in the era that this story actually took place.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Probably Margaret Prior, since practically all of the other characters are unlikable and wretched. I feel for her.

What about Juanita McMahon’s performance did you like?

The voices she gave the prisoners. They were an amusing contrast to the prim sounding narrator.

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

Going to a prison to find hope probably isn't the best idea.

Any additional comments?

I can't go into much detail as to why I enjoyed this book without spoilers. However, I will say that I think it's totally worth a listen. It's slow at first, but I think it works for the book because when things do get tense it makes a much more powerful impact. This book is like a Jack-in-the-box, except the music it plays would be bleaker. I highly reccomend this book! Especially to those who enjoy dark stories and mind trips. I mean, come on, it's a Victorian ghost story that mostly takes place in a dingy prison, what's not to like?

9 of 10 people found this review helpful