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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 7,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,773

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

Surprisingly good

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-09

I don't know what I was thinking when I thought about buying this one. The cover made me feel like a pervert. I saw the movie some years back and I remember not liking it. It was just a bad movie, in my opinion. Jeremy Irons was the main character in the movie and I found it interesting that he is the reader of this book. He has a pleasing voice and his talents shine here, much more so then when he played the role of the main character. The book is considered the #4 best written of the 20th Century and was ultimately the reason I was able to put away my initial disgust and ultimately buy it. A flimsy reason really, I know. I was surprised how much I liked it. The characters story was engaging in a pathetic sort of way. He is trapped by his own fatal flaw(everyone has them but his is certainly disgusting) and I have to admit it was fascinating to hear his thoughts, his justifications and in the end his regret. I found the overall story entertaining but I was at times repulsed by it. Still, I do believe in the general consensus that this is one of the best books of the 20th Century, even if the subject matter made me squirm.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Age of Innocence

  • By: Edith Wharton
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

Newland Archer, Wharton's protagonist, is charming, tactful, enlightened - a thorough product of this society. He accepts its standards and abides by its rules, but he also recognizes its limitations. His engagement to the impeccable May Welland assures him of a safe and conventional future, until the arrival of May's cousin Ellen Olenska.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterpiece of literary construction

  • By Darwin8u on 09-08-13

Love at its most repressed

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-09

What if you fell in love with someone you can not have, despite the fact that she loves you in the same manner. You're married but can't get a divorce to persue your love because in this time, your social standing is more important than your personal happiness. Crazy ! I know ! but this is the time period in which the story takes place. Amazingly well written, which perfectly describes the time period and the characters. I can understand why this book is regarded as one of the finest books of the 20th century.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • The Great Gatsby

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Alexander Scourby
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

The mysterious Jay Gatsby embodies the American notion that it is possible to redefine oneself and persuade the world to accept that definition. Gatsby's youthful neighbor, Nick Carraway, fascinated with the display of enormous wealth in which Gatsby revels, finds himself swept up in the lavish lifestyle of Long Island society during the Jazz Age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the right girl

  • By Gary on 05-15-09

the right girl

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-09

What would you do if you met the right girl at the wrong time. At the time she didn't know you from a hole in the wall. Then you "happen upon" enough money to get you noticed. Oh, yes this have changed for her, she's now in a loveless marriage but you still want her. This is the drama that unfolds amid the back drop of the roaring 20's. The prose in this book is amazing ! The word usage, the descriptions of all the people, the town, life in at that time. I felt transported back in time. I now know why Fitzgerald is so well regarded.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful