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Lolita Audiobook

Lolita

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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Philip
    Ireland
    6/27/13
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    "Beautiful and Brutal - Love without Love."

    This is a story about cruelty dressed up as love. This is a story of obsession.
    A man, Humbert Humbert, engulfs the life of a 12 year old girl, Dolorous Haze who he names Lolita.
    This is a story of child rape. After a series of events he ends up on the road travelling from motel to hotel to motel along the arteries of America with his little prisoner.
    This is a story of sexual obsession, repression, enslavement.

    This is also a book of supreme literary beauty and here we find the discomforting confrontation of the novel Lolita. That thing that repels every atom with its frank and twisted abdication of all moral norms while at the same time drawing the reader in to face their own pre-conceived moral certainties head-on.

    Never has a novel, albeit one written in the 1950's, challenged the reader on so many levels. To read with chilling repulsion of the crimes that are committed while simultaneously marveling at the power of language and literature, euphemism and èntendres, that prowl through this story, biting the willing hand off the reader and cleverly chucking little bombs into the narration that always leaves the reader dusting him/herself down and breathing out sharply.

    Jeremy Irons does this book a wonderful service and he certainly earns his corn here, putting in the performance of a life time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
    KnysnaSouth Africa
    7/1/10
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    "Captivating, brilliant"

    Captivating story, brilliantly read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • G
    Pire sur SeicheFrance
    10/27/10
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    "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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Crocker
    uk
    3/9/17
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    "superb performance from Jeremy Irons"

    This audio book is the perfect demonstration of the additional quality a narrator brings to the text, it is a performance that I would suggest is one of the finest I have had the good fortune to listen to, it enhances the book to such a degree that it is almost unimaginable to contemplate it in any other form, as to the book , there is a reason why it is constantly in the top 10 novels of the twentith century and though the subject matter was the cause of much controversy it is without doubt a seminal work of modern fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tamsin Goadby
    Oxfordshire United Kingdom
    1/24/17
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    "Disturbingly credulous"

    Jeremy Irons brings to life the disturbing story told by the credulous narrator, Humbert Humbert, of his attraction to 'nymphettes'; girls aged between nine & twelve, and his obsessive love for his landlady's daughter, Lolita. The prose is sometime a bit flowery and drawn out, but this is part of Humbert's character and worth ploughing through to hear the climax of this tragic story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R. J. Newell
    High Wycombe
    1/9/17
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    "Outstanding"

    Jeremy Irons really brings Nabokov's gorgeous prose to life here, whilst perfectly capturing the essence of Humbert. Couldn't recommend this enough

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zoot
    1/3/17
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    "Grim but excellent."

    This is a wonderfully written book from Vladimir Nabokov and beautifully performed by Jeremy Irons. Although touching a grim and brutal topic, it's also delicate and fragile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ed
    10/17/16
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    "Literary marvel read by a superb actor"

    One of the wonders of the literary world, Nabokov's ability in combining melancholy and humour is unrivaled evident through this novel. The intricate narrative is perfumed in prose. And J Iron's voice is the perfect match.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Imelda
    8/25/16
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    "Exquisite"

    After reading Lolita several times I decided to listen to the audio version - Nabokov's exquisite and provocative language is always a pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. Hewitt
    8/20/16
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    "Beautiful and well crafted."

    Mr Nabokov cleverly draws us in (and repels others) with the taboo, then takes us on a ride along with a suitcase full of dark and brutal humour to keep us entertained along the way. To clear up any misconceptions, In no way is this to be considered pornographic. It chronicles the temptations created by and pursuance of "Lolita" and digs down into the subtleties of human nature, the compulsion of desires, jealousy and relationships both good and bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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