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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 6,310
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,139
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,106

    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

    Regular price: $22.60

    • Pale Fire

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
    • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 295
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 247
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 248

    A 999 line poem in heroic couplets, divided into 4 cantos, was composed--according to Nabokov's fiction--by John Francis Shade, an obsessively methodical man, during the last 20 days of his life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An amazing feat for such a unique novel

    • By RDSJ on 03-27-12

    Regular price: $17.95

    • Speak Memory

    • An Autobiography Revisited
    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 299
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 255
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 257

    Speak, Memory, first published in 1951 as Conclusive Evidence and then assiduously revised in 1966, is an elegant and rich evocation of Nabokov’s life and times, even as it offers incisive insights into his major works, including Lolita, Pnin, Despair, The Gift, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, and The Luhzin Defense.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • this inspired me to read Nabokov's novels

    • By meredith on 03-16-12

    Regular price: $26.60

    • Ada, or Ardor

    • A Family Chronicle
    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 82
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 76

    Published two weeks after Vladimir Nabokov’s seventieth birthday, Ada, or Ardor is one of his greatest masterpieces, the glorious culmination of his career as a novelist. It tells a love story troubled by incest, but it is also at once a fairy tale, epic, philosophical treatise on the nature of time, parody of the history of the novel, and erotic catalogue. Ada, or Ardor is no less than the supreme work of an imagination at white heat. This is the first American edition to include the extensive and ingeniously sardonic appendix by the author, written under the anagrammatic pseudonym Vivian Darkbloom.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Incest, a game the Whole Family Can Play

    • By Darwin8u on 08-12-13

    Regular price: $18.19

    • The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 31 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 51

    From Vladimir Nabokov, the writer who shocked and delighted the world with his novels Lolita, Pale Fire, and Ada, or Ardor, comes a magnificent collection of stories. Written between the 1920s and the 1950s, these 68 tales — 14 of which have been translated into English for the first time - display all the shades of Nabokov’s imagination.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • No discernable beginning or end to the stories.

    • By Madelaine on 01-22-12

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Gift

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    The Gift is the last of the novels Nabokov wrote in his native language and the crowning achievement of that period in his literary career. It is also his ode to Russian literature, evoking the works of Pushkin, Gogol, and others in the course of its narrative: the story of Fyodor Godunov-Cherdyntsev, an impoverished émigré poet living in Berlin, who dreams of the book he will someday write - a book very much like The Gift itself.

    One of the twentieth century’s master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg in 1899.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A complex and rich Künstlerroman

    • By Darwin8u on 11-30-13

    Regular price: $18.19

    • Wonderful Town

    • New York Stories from The New Yorker
    • By: Woody Allen, John Cheever, E. B. White, and others
    • Narrated by: Tyne Daly, Timothy Jerome, Joe Morton, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 36

    New York City is not only The New Yorker magazine's place of origin and its sensibility's life blood, it is the heart of American literary culture. Wonderful Town, an anthology of superb short fiction by many of the magazine's most accomplished contributors, celebrates the 75-year marriage between a preeminent publication and its preeminent context with this collection of 20 of its best stories from (so to speak) home.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great stories and readers, but technically sloppy

    • By Alison on 09-08-04

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Invitation to a Beheading

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 103
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 85

    Like Kafka's The Castle, Invitation to a Beheading embodies a vision of a bizarre and irrational world. In an unnamed dream country, the young man Cincinnatus C. is condemned to death by beheading for "gnostical turpitude", an imaginary crime that defies definition.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Nabokov's Strange Violin Playing in the Void

    • By Darwin8u on 10-28-12

    Regular price: $17.95

    • Despair

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
    • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 51

    Extensively revised by Nabokov in 1965 - 30 years after its original publication - Despair is the wickedly inventive and richly derisive story of Hermann, a man who undertakes the perfect crime: his own murder. One of the 20th century’s master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg in 1899. He studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, where he launched a brilliant literary career. In 1940 he moved to the United States, and achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Russian emigre candy dandy murderers R my weakness

    • By Darwin8u on 10-02-12

    Regular price: $18.19

    • Transparent Things

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
    • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    " Transparent Things revolves around the four visits of the hero - sullen, gawky Hugh Person - to Switzerland.... As a young publisher, Hugh is sent to interview R., falls in love with Armande on the way, wrests her, after multiple humiliations, from a grinning Scandinavian and returns to NY with his bride.... Eight years later - following a murder, a period of madness and a brief imprisonment - Hugh makes a lone sentimental journey to wheedle out his past...." (Martin Amis)

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Moments of absolute and immortal genius

    • By Darwin8u on 10-15-12

    Regular price: $10.49

    • The Luzhin Defense

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Mel Foster
    • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 36

    Nabokov’s third novel, The Luzhin Defense, is a chilling story of obsession and madness. As a young boy, Luzhin was unattractive, distracted, withdrawn, sullen — an enigma to his parents and an object of ridicule to his classmates. He takes up chess as a refuge from the anxiety of his everyday life. His talent is prodigious and he rises to the rank of grandmaster — but at a cost: in Luzhin’s obsessive mind, the game of chess gradually supplants reality.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Life and chess are such lonely battles

    • By Darwin8u on 11-13-12

    Regular price: $18.19

    • Mary

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
    • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    In a Berlin rooming house filled with an assortment of serio-comic Russian émigrés, Lev Ganin, a vigorous young officer poised between his past and his future, relives his first love affair. His memories of Mary are suffused with the freshness of youth and the idyllic ambience of pre-revolutionary Russia. In stark contrast is the decidedly unappealing boarder living in the room next to Ganin’s, who, he discovers, is Mary’s husband....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • There IS something about Mary!

    • By Darwin8u on 12-22-13

    Regular price: $13.99

    • King, Queen, Knave

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 30

    This novel is the story of Dreyer, a wealthy and boisterous proprietor of a men’s clothing emporium. Ruddy, self-satisfied, and thoroughly masculine, he is perfectly repugnant to his exquisite but cold middle-class wife, Martha. Attracted to his money but repelled by his oblivious passion, she longs for their nephew instead, the thin, awkward, myopic Franz. Newly arrived in Berlin, Franz soon repays his uncle’s condescension in his aunt’s bed.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A non-Euclidean German love triangle.

    • By Darwin8u on 04-01-13

    Regular price: $18.19

    • Look at the Harlequins!

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    As intricate as a house of mirrors, Nabokov’s last novel is an ironic play on the Janus-like relationship between fiction and reality. It is the autobiography of the eminent Russian-American author Vadim Vadimovich N. (b. 1899), whose life bears an uncanny resemblance to that of Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, though the two are not to be confused (?).

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Peek, Memory!

    • By Darwin8u on 09-11-13

    Regular price: $18.19

    • Lolita

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
    • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Disturbingly Wonderful

    • By Jefferson on 04-08-11

    Regular price: $20.24

    • Laughter in the Dark

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 46

    Albinus, a respectable, middle-aged man and aspiring filmmaker, abandons his wife for a lover half his age: Margot, who wants to become a movie star. When Albinus introduces her to Rex, an American movie producer, disaster ensues. What emerges is an elegantly sardonic and irresistibly ironic novel of desire, deceit, and deception, a curious romance set in the film world of Berlin in the 1930s.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Death is often the point of life's joke

    • By Darwin8u on 05-19-13

    Regular price: $18.19

    • The Enchanter

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
    • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    The Enchanter is the Ur-Lolita, the precursor to Nabokov’s classic novel. At once hilarious and chilling, it tells the story of an outwardly respectable man and his fatal obsession with certain pubescent girls, whose coltish grace and subconscious coquetry reveal, to his mind, a special bud on the verge of bloom.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Nabokov's black salad devouring a green rabbit

    • By Darwin8u on 10-14-12

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Selected Poems

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
    • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    These masterly poems span the whole of Nabokov's career from "Music", written in 1914, to the short, playful "To Vera", composed in 1974. The works are newly translated by Dmitiri Nabokov, and include "The University Poem", an extraordinary autobiographical poem in which Nabokov recalls his life in Cambridge, with its crooked alleys and age-old gates, teas at the vicar's and British girls. Included to are such poems as "To Russia" ("Will you leave me alone! I implore you!), the enchanting "Eve", and verse about America, sport, love, and poetry itself.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Better than most poetry collections

    • By Michael on 08-30-12

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The Real Life of Sebastian Knight

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, the first novel Nabokov wrote in English, is a tantalizing literary mystery in which a writer’s half brother searches to unravel the enigma of the life of the famous author of Albinos in Black, The Back of the Moon, and Doubtful Asphodel. A characteristically cunning play on identity and deception, the novel concludes “ I am Sebastian, or Sebastian is I, or perhaps we both are someone whom neither of us knows.”

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A dry run at big, complex themes

    • By Darwin8u on 12-08-13

    Regular price: $18.19

    • The Eye

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Fred Stella
    • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Nabokov’s fourth novel, The Eye, is as much a farcical detective story as it is a profoundly refractive tale about the vicissitudes of identities and appearances. Smurov, a lovelorn, excruciatingly self-conscious Russian émigré living in pre-war Berlin, commits suicide after being humiliated by a jealous husband, only to suffer even greater indignities in the afterlife as he searches for proof of his existence among fellow émigrés who are too distracted to pay him any heed.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Ego vero, ergo sum

    • By Darwin8u on 12-18-13

    Regular price: $18.19

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