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Lolita Audiobook

Lolita

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons portrayed this novel's nymphet-obsessed professor in a filmed adaptation, so it is not surprising he is able to negotiate Nabokov's dense, refined, and fiery prose with great facility. Irons' mastery reminds me of a conductor who studies a score for years and then knows innately how to communicate it to an audience, note-perfect from beginning to end. If you're looking for a fine example of great literature that comes across better in audio than it does on the printed page, you've found it. –Corey Thrasher

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)

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    Michael B Leawood, KS United States 07-09-16
    Michael B Leawood, KS United States 07-09-16 Member Since 2015

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    "I struggled a bit"

    I'm no prude but this was a strange topic to be reading about. The prose was elegant , descriptions brilliant dialog dated, but in keeping with the period. took me a few chapters to get used to the narrator's accent and timing, but once past that he was the best choice for the role

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    Deborah Winter Haven, FL, United States 07-07-16
    Deborah Winter Haven, FL, United States 07-07-16 Member Since 2013
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    Beautifully written; awesome performance by the narrator. Somewhat disturbing but a great read. Loved the French.

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    Kelly Colorado Springs 07-06-16
    Kelly Colorado Springs 07-06-16 Member Since 2016

    Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.

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    "Repulsive Perfection"

    I have read beautiful, comprehensive, enlightening reviews and will not try to reiterate what they have all said so perfectly. So, I have only three quick points to make.

    1. Jeremy Irons' narration is exquisite. He gives voice and life to Humbert Humbert. He allows the character to be creepy and likable at the same time. Somehow he allows the listener to feel compassion for and empathy with this horrid man.

    2. The story is disturbing, horrific and repulsive. It is a difficult book to read.

    3. The writing is sublime. Nabokov wrote a sad and sickening story with lyrical prose which reminded me how much beauty there is in language. Nabokov painted an ugly story in ethereal, stunningly beautiful words.

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    George Wyoming 07-01-16
    George Wyoming 07-01-16

    Mountainbiker, Skier, Riverman, Dzedo, Pizzaiolo

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    "The case for audiobooks. 5 stars!!."

    Jeremy Irons channels this book. Nabokov's love affair with the English language gets its ideal narrator. Irons has the voice and dramatic depth to bring the book to life, which is the highest compliment I can ever give a narrator. The plot of Lolita pretty much plays out in Part One. Part Two is less plot driven and this is where Irons' and Nabokov's respective talents come together in a symbiotic way. If you have tried and failed to read Lolita on your own, don't be deterred from giving the audio a try. Lolita is a masterpiece but not an easy book for most of us to read. Listen instead.

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    Scott Hotaling 06-25-16
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    "Poetic genius."

    This book is an exemplary and poetic work. While the story might prove somewhat disturbing for some listeners, the performance is superb and the novel itself is fascinating and captivating. I found it incredibly interesting to delve into the mind of the narrator, whose desires and ideals fall well outside the boundaries of normal sexuality and even sanity. Bravo.

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    WhineLover Palo Alto, CA 06-23-16
    WhineLover Palo Alto, CA 06-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Heavenly"

    Jeremy Irons is the perfect choice to read this great and disturbing work. Perfect for a long road trip

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    Jessica 06-18-16
    Jessica 06-18-16
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    "Remarkable performance; tremendous book"
    Which character – as performed by Jeremy Irons – was your favorite?

    Irons gave a rich performance that lent an authenticity to the creepy character of H.H. He oscillated between the lyrical speech of a poet and the ranting diatribe of a madman. It was repugnant and alluring, disturbing and beautiful.


    Any additional comments?

    I just adore an unreliable narrator...

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    Luciana Russo Vichino 06-13-16 Member Since 2015

    Love reading. Interested in books in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

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    "CLASSIC"

    Fantastic book very well constructed and Jeremy Irons reading it was just perfect. No wonder why this is a classic!

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    PMG California 06-13-16
    PMG California 06-13-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic performance."

    Hands down the best narrated audible book. Jeremy Irons is an amazing Humbert Humbert. You feel like he is really telling you his story - not reading a book to you. Yes, the topic is creepy and troubling but it is so well written and narrated that it makes you laugh and cry as well as squeam. I highly recommend.

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    brighidxo 06-13-16
    brighidxo 06-13-16
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    "Lo. Lola. Lolita."

    Lovely. The way H.H. describes his love for lolita is so breathtaking you almost forget it's so wrong. Who knew evil could sound so beautiful?

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