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  • Lolita

  • By: Vladimir Nabokov
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,229

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
  • An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience

  • By Jim on 10-26-05

Nabokov! Jeremy Irons!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-12

I'd read Lolita on my own years ago but couldn't pass up the chance at hearing this as read by Jeremy Irons. It was worth it. From the infamous first line, Irons' rich velvety voice gliding over Nabokov's beautiful, stunning prose is a masterful combination.

Regardless of the exquisite language use by Nabokov, Lolita is a disturbing and tragic story. Not even the pleasantness of Irons' voice can disguise just how repulsive the narrator truly is. Yet, Nabokov writes Humbert Humbert with depth and even (a little) room for sympathy. Likewise, Irons captures this and gives HH a sense of humanity.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Patricia Highsmith

  • Selected Novels and Short Stories
  • By: Patricia Highsmith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 27 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

The remarkable renaissance of Patricia Highsmith continues with the publication of Patricia Highsmith: Selected Novels and Short Stories, featuring the groundbreaking novels Strangers on a Train and The Price of Salt as well as a trove of penetrating short stories. With a critical introduction by Joan Schenkar, situating Highsmith’s classic works within her own tumultuous life, this book provides a useful guide to some of her most dazzlingly seductive writing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Long before "Carol," I admired and respected Ms. Highsmith

  • By Peace on 04-11-15

Good interpretations

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

Reviewed: 08-11-12

What made the experience of listening to Patricia Highsmith the most enjoyable?

As a Highsmith fan, I'd already read most of these stories myself. I don't normally listen to stories but I got this Audible because in listening to another person read to you, you pick up different nuances to the story and somewhat of a different interpretation as well. That proved true here to great effect, although it can be a little jarring to have an idea of what a character sounds like in your head be different to that of the narrator's interpretation!

Did Bronson Pinchot and Cassandra Campbell do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I think audio narrators should stick to making voices for only characters of their own gender. Pinchot mimicking women's voices and Campbell mimicking male voices was, for the most part, unintentionally hilarious. While it was entertaining it took away from the listening experience and from the story.

Pinchot uses the same slow drag which made different characters' dialogue run together. Campbell was all right, though I was disappointed in her "Carol" (The Price of Salt) voice which came off a little too nasally and high whereas in the story it's described as sultry and dark.

Aside from that, the narration was just fine.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful