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Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of my tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.

Savagely funny and hauntingly sad, Lolita is Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel. It is the story of tortured college professor Humbert Humbert and his dangerous obsession with honey-skinned schoolgirl Dolores Haze.

Determined to possess his "Lolita", Humbert embarks on a disastrous journey across an American landscape littered with fast-food diners, gas stations and lonely motels. Brilliantly evocative and bitingly satirical in its depiction of postwar America, Lolita still has the power to shock and beguile.

©1955 Vladimir Nabokov; (P)2005 Random House Audio

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  • G
  • 10-27-10

First class

Superb writing. Excellent narration. A great book. A disturbing and unsettling story however, at times revolting. One must not lose sight of the fact that it's fiction, not autobiographical.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-18

It is in top lists for a reason

If, like me, you have avoided this book because of what you think it is about, think again. Marvellous piece of literature brilliantly read by Irons.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-06-17

Mediocre

Mediocre novel in my opinion. bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla. bla.

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  • Hungrychics
  • 11-03-17

Very well written but disturbing.

Loved the literacy but didn't like the subject! Child abuse isn't really a topic I like to read about! Pervy old men everywhere...really! Probably!

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  • Angela
  • 10-18-17

Disturbing but worth the read

Disturbing read, but very well written and dare I say poetic in parts. The prose is fantastic and Nabokov uses just enough description to make the reader very uncomfirtable. It's not as graphic as, say The End of Alice, but if anything this makes it all the more disturbing.
Jeremy Irons does a very good job at narrating such a deplorable character.

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  • beverley foster
  • 10-04-17

Loved it

Unbelievably well written, a master piece from a man who's first language is not English. It's superbly narrated by Jeremy Irons and with the combination of the two, it makes this one of the best audio books you could possibly listen to.

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  • Cal
  • 07-19-16

Eloquent and challenging.

As the title says, the narrator is an eloquent and challenged, tortured man who's narration draws you in with morbid curiosity to his twisted journey.

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  • Bella & Nish Chirodian
  • 06-08-16

Lolita

Brilliantly written book. Amazing descriptive writing. Interesting topic to write about and somehow I felt quite sorry for the main protagonist.
Well worth reading or even better getting Jeremy irons to read it to you!

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  • Hayley W.
  • 05-26-16

Loved it

fascinated, amused and completely horrified all at the same time. I loved it. And Jeremy Irons was wonderful

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  • Mim
  • 05-26-16

Huh?!

If Jeremy Irons' narration wasn't fantastic, And if I hadn't set myself the rule of reading every book I start to the very end, I never would have finished this book! Disgusting story! But definitely well written and perfectly narrated.