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Lolita

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Vladimir Nabokov

Narrated By: Jeremy Irons

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: September 2005

Duration: 11 hours 29 minutes

Summary:

Awe and exhiliration--along with heartbreak and mordant wit--abound in Lolita, Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story 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. Most of all, it is a meditation on love--love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation.

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  • Edwin Jones

    At times titillating, but more often than not, profoundly disturbing. This book is incredibly well written, and Jeremy Iron's reading is nothing but superb. Like Shakespeare's plays, Lolita definitely benefits from being heard rather than read. It is written as a stream of consciousness, with the narrator jumping around from remembrance to remembrance, often going off on semi-related tangents before returning to what he was originally talking about. I would only recommend reading or listening to this book to people who are not uncomfortable with pulling on the skin of a sick individual and walking around for 10 hours or so.

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  • Anonymous

    Disgusting.

  • Anonymous

    This is a narsacisstic's dictation of his journey....horrible and horrible for the human soul. Not that the subject is taboo....the deplorable self absorbed, self importance....makes you want to punch him in the face. No matter how well written...it is blah. Weak...

  • agui

    The characters and story are complex and addictive. You get into the story and see all the discrepencies in how people think and act. I cant wait to read it again. Loved it.

  • Anonymous

    I did not get very far into the book at all, because the subject matter was so disturbing. It is primarily about a man's obsession with underage girls - going into way too many details of it. It made me sick. I would definitely NOT recommend. Don't rent!

  • Nathan

    I don't get the trick. People talk about this book being akin to the second coming of the New Testament but I just don't see it. The writing is pretty damn good but essentially it is about an old, perverted jackass who thinks pretty highly of himself.

  • Donna Gerard

    After Reading "Reading Lolita in Tehran" I decided to read "Lolita". I'm not saying it is not a well-written book. It is. The narrator is superb. But I could not stomach the content of the book. I felt dirty having this book play in my car. The thought of this vile, predatory character skulking after this ordinary seventh grader gave me chills, and not in a good way. I listened up to the part where Humbert got her alone, but I couldn't go on.

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