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Lolita Audiobook

Lolita

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Publisher's Summary

When it was published in 1955, Lolita immediately became a cause celebre because of the freedom and sophistication with which it handled the unusual erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Vladimir Nabokov's wise, ironic, elegant masterpiece owes its stature as one of the 20th century's novels of record 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.

Awe and exhilaration, along with heartbreak and mordant wit, abound in this account of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America. But most of all, it is a meditation on love - as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation.

(P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Lolita is an authentic work of art which compels our immediate response and serious reflection, a revealing and indispensable comedy of horrors." (San Francisco Chronicle)

"Language is essential to Lolita, and Mr. Irons captures Humbert's voice perfectly. In the Random House audiobook, he read the novel with a sensitivity to the language that conveys all of Nabokov's humor, passion, and lyricism." (The New York Times)

"Jeremy Irons...commands the text with the grand sense of character and palpable eroticism it requires.... The combination of Nabokov’s prose and Irons’s performance carries listeners out of a seat of judgment into Humbert’s pure admiration for and desire to possess that archetypical fire-energy of a young girl. This horrifyingly beautiful story of wild obsession truly comes alive in this audiobook production." (AudioFile)

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    Michael Willman 02-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Read like Crime&Punishment or Telltale Heart "

    This is deeply taboo and masterfully written, true to the Russian greats. The pedophilic narrator assumes guardianship of a minor and sexually abuses her for years before she finally escapes. He convinces himself of her complicity and ruins her childhood with his obsessive delusions. It neither justifies nor glamorizes pedophilia. As in Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy, the author examines the human condition at its worst.

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    Kelli 01-25-17
    Kelli 01-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A creepy dose to the soul..."
    What did you love best about Lolita?

    I loved how beautifully it was written, despite the subject being hard to swallow.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lolita?

    The slow, creeping descriptions of the "nymphettes".


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think I was most moved by Lolita's dialogue throughout. The innocence, teasing nature matched with the sad and damaged girl who's childhood was stolen.


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    Chandra Owens 01-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Second reading and still, better than before."

    This book is one of my favorites, I must say Jeremy Irons reads it so beautifully. It's such a curious and disturbing story and I can't seem to put it down, even on the second reading. It's truly a masterpiece, beautiful and tragic.

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    Pinteroo 01-18-17
    Pinteroo 01-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow!"

    Trying to catch up on my reviews. And yet, I may still not be able to write about this one. I love Nabokov's canon and Lolita is an amazing piece of literature, its writing sings and sadly gets overlooked because of it containing a controversial topic. This offering, with Mr. Irons' narration captures everything I look for in audio book listen. I may come back later when I can find more words.

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    Sverre 01-16-17
    Sverre 01-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "spectacular narration, but story drags a bit"

    spectacular narration by Irons, but the story drags on near the end. Great stuff, still.

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    Alan C. Earing 01-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "disturbing, and deeply intriguing"

    I originally wanted to read about the psychosis of a sexual deviant, and to understand how such an atrocious subject matter could be lauded as great literature.

    I was disturbed by the pedophilia and pseudo-incest, but was intrigued by the language and character development... not so much of Lolita's, but of HH's descent into madness, and our accompanying him there with a seemingly justified rationale.

    This book scares me, not just because of the sexual deviants who are 'out there,' or of the clinically insane who could kill in cold blood, but that these people could be inconspicuous as handsome, educated, and well-spoken academics!

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    Michael Hefner 01-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing"

    The book is incredible. This performance by Jeremy Irons is literally the best I've listened too in 100+ books.

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    Jennifer Harralson 12-24-16
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    "brilliant"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lolita to be better than the print version?

    i not sure, i have not read the print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    lolita of course, she had to go through some tough stuff and still survived


    Any additional comments?

    i was hesitant to listen to this book but it was brilliant, i hung on to every word and really enjoyed this book, the person that read the book did a fantastic job and i highly recommend this book

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    Megan Mitchell Washington, DC 12-14-16
    Megan Mitchell Washington, DC 12-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth the listen"

    Beautifully wrutten, disturbing story. Well performed, I finished it more quickly than I thought I would.

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    Todd Sharp Plano, TX USA 12-11-16
    Todd Sharp Plano, TX USA 12-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent book and Irons performance is great"

    Irons was probably the perfect choice for Humbert. He's able to pull off the haughty attitude Humbert had toward the majority of people and things while occasionally drawing the reader far enough into his inner romantic fantasy to engender, for short periods, a sympathy of sorts. Humbert, directly referencing the reader and breaking the 4th wall, is indicative of Nabokov's intention and I think Irons pulls it off admirably.

    I haven't seen the movie adaptation with Irons, but I plan to now and sincerely hope that it lives up to this performance.

    The book itself is beautifully and wickedly written. The last few years, I've been working through classic works and this is one that I'm happy that I included. Humbert is an absorbing protagonist and his personal journey is engrossing. It's difficult to encapsulate succinctly how masterfully this story is told.

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