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Lolita

De : Vladimir Nabokov
Lu par : Jeremy Irons
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    Lolita is more than a simple tale of an aging intellectual's relentless and ultimately destructive fascination for a 12-year-old girl, and Jeremy Irons masterfully captures both the text and the meaning of Nabokov's legendary source material. It provides a searing glimpse of the collision of two worlds, of man and girl, and of Europe and America. At times funny and other times cryptic, the story is best heard many times to capture its full flavor and meaning.

    Irons, who played Humbert in a screen version, delivers the text knowingly and with great insight into both Humbert and Nabokov as he defends his behavior. More than simply listening to the audio, you quickly feel yourself stepping into someone's mind, a disturbingly compelling place that you just can't turn your ears away from.

    Description

    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.

    Commentaires

    "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)

    "Jeremy Irons...commands the text with the grand sense of character and palpable eroticism it requires.... The combination of Nabokov’s prose and Irons’s performance carries listeners out of a seat of judgment into Humbert’s pure admiration for and desire to possess that archetypical fire-energy of a young girl. This horrifyingly beautiful story of wild obsession truly comes alive in this audiobook production." (AudioFile)

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    Lecture parfaite

    Jeremy Irons donne complètement vie aux personnages.

    Son français a un leger accent mais reste parfaitement compréhensible.

    Ce livre audio est peut-être la meilleure façon pour decouvrir Lolita

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    Oui!

    Oui, au choix de Jeremy Irons! Oui, à cette histoire qui ne cesse de m'impressionner, j'ai l'impression de l'aimer encore plus chaque fois que j'y suis confrontée. C'est la première fois que j'essaie l'audiobook, et je dois dire que je suis loin d'être déçue. Mais peut être que cela est du au fait que Lolita est, et reste malgré les années qui passent, mon livre préféré, écrit par mon auteur préféré.

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    Lolita

    Before embarking on that listen I'd recommend to look into Nabokov's background so as to better grasp his somewhat highbrow style. Anyway, what a villain that Humbert guy: a scheming stepfather, doting sugar daddy, possessive lover and finally a remorseful but vengeful man. Jeremy Irons's lively and apt narration for sure redeems some stuffy parts of the book.

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    True classic

    Ecouteriez-vous à nouveau ce titre ? Pourquoi ?

    So enthralling that I immediately read up on Nabokov and am now considering another of his novels.

    Avec quel autre livre pouvez-vous comparer Lolita ? Expliquez pourquoi.

    As gasp-inducing as Casanova's autobiography, and augmented by treacle-like prose worthy of (or perhaps superior to) Joyce.

    Qu'est-ce qu'a pu apporter Jeremy Irons de plus à l'histoire par rapport à si vous aviez lu le livre ?

    Irons hits the world-weary mid-Atlantic accent and mannerisms on the head. His delivery of the French passages is just a tad dodgy but nevertheless I give him 5 stars without hesitation. A virtuoso.

    Y-a-t-il eu un moment du livre qui vous a particulièrement touché ?

    The asides to the reader are particularly poignant.

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    I can only wonder at the scale of the scandal this book must have caused when first published. If it weren't so beautifully written some would no doubt argue that it should be banned today.

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    • Jim
    • 26/10/2005

    An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience

    I have tried to read LOLITA on several occassions, but for whatever reason--probably the dull, midwest monotony of my internal reading voice--have put the book down. I purchased LOLITA (read by Jeremy Irons) with a sense of trepidation (had I just bought something I would never finish?) The book is as impressive as the critics will tell you. Nabokov's language, his ability to fully render a scene, his mind-boggling vocabularly, and his characters--those desperate and beautiful and horrible creatures--are like nothing else in the canon of fiction. Add to this the luxurious experience of Jeremy Irons' voice and you end up with a book--a reading--that will make you shake your head in awe.

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    • Erez
    • 29/05/2008

    A masterpiece

    It took me a long time to convince myself to "read" this disturbing book, and as soon as I finished the audiobook I went out and bought myself a print version. This book is written with a mastery of language and a chilling insight into the depths of the human soul that make it a true masterpiece. And the narration... If ever there was a perfect match between book and reader, this is it.

    All I can say is: Get this book. You won't regret it.

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    • Yvette D Skinner
    • 28/05/2009

    Surprising good reading

    This book's subject matter is admitedly an unsavory one to most, however, it is considered in some circles to be a "classic" work and so I resigned myself to reading it. I am glad that I did. I was surprised at how completely I was drawn into the story. This book is very well written and deserving of the serious reader's consideration.

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    • Harold D. Doublename
    • 03/03/2008

    Perfection.

    I find it difficult to believe that any person could give Lolita less than five stars, and the audio performance by Jeremy Irons is beyond masterful. Yes, this is a disturbing book - it is meant to be. Is it pro-pedophilia? Emphatically not. Any person who sticks with the book to the very bitter end comes to realize the true theme of Lolita, and feels the sadness of a lost chance at redemption.

    In my opinion, there has never been a more beautiful, touching, shocking, and profound work of fiction than Lolita. Jeremy Irons as the narrator is just the icing on the cake.

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    • Sher from Provo
    • 29/08/2012

    A sad, sad book

    I just don't know what to rate this book. As far as the writing itself, it was beautifully written. But the story, frankly, made me a little sick to my stomach. It is the story of a pedophile who is so crazy about this 12 year old girl that he marries her mother so he can have access to her. You start to believe that Lolita welcomes this until she gets a good chance to run away, and then she is gone. By then she is more like 16 or 17. Well this man is certifiably crazy, although he puts on a great exterior. He is educated, handsome, extremely polite and thoughtful. In short, someone who would be attractive to most women, and certainly to young girls. My heart just breaks for Lolita, whose real name is Dolores. He just starts calling her Lolita. It somehow evolves from her nickname of "Lo" into the more seductive sounding Lolita. What she must have gone through!!

    Now with that said, I come back to the writing itself. Yes it is beautiful. It is even tastefully done. There are no graphic details other than a kiss, but of course it is extremely suggestive. It seems to me that it takes a lot more skill to suggest what is going on than it does to spell it all out. This book is tastefully written. I guess my heart breaks for Humbert as well. It is truly a sad, sad book. Haven't had something affect me like this since "Tess of the d'Urbervilles." I don't recommend either book, btw, not unless you are into heavy, sad but beautifully written books. I think I have to give this book three stars, sort of in the middle of things, because I sit the fence on it. I can't say that I'm sorry I read it, but it makes me sick to think about it very much.

    I am sure one of the reasons I continued with this book is Jeremy Irons' narration. He is, as you would expect, a fabulous narrator. It is easy to fall in love with him. So, fabulous writing, fabulous narration, but sad story equals at the very least an interesting book. I know I should give it a five if I were true to my formula which is, if a book changes my life, it is an automatic 5, even if I didn't like it so much. But something just prevents me from doing that. I will always remember this book, but I will never read it again.

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    • T. C. Pile
    • 07/12/2008

    Nabokov Narrated with Subtlety

    This audiobook is completely sustained by the superb and finely attuned narration of Jeremy Irons. While Lolita is and remains a classic of 20th Century literature, this production will allow you to see [hear] a completely new perspective. Irons takes you completely inside the mind of Humbert Humbert, and with skill and subtlety makes you loathe him and sympathize with him at the same time. His tremulous and unspeakable desire mixed with his engulfing shame, his cowardice and his bravery standing side by side, his disregard of social norms tempered by his utter need for secrecy -- all of these conflicts are roiling beneath the surface of the story as it unfolds. This is a performance that only the finest of actors could pull off.

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    • Victoria Wright
    • 12/07/2007

    Incandescent

    Nabokov's masterpiece, Lolita, is wistful, erotic, funny, sad, elegiac. Although it is about the passion of an adult male for a female child, it is, at its heart, a heartbreaking love story. With his glorious words (and wordplay), Nabokov paints portraits of his characters and their different longings and pain that are so real and so sympathetic, one is left breathless.

    Jeremy Irons, who was a brilliant Humbert in Adrian Lyne's movie, reads this book into your ear as if he is sitting beside you, wanting more than anything to make you understand how it all happened.

    Lolita is a work of art on the printed page, and also as an audiobook. But don't listen in traffic -- it deserves the listener's rapt, undivided attention.

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    • Parola138
    • 26/01/2011

    #1

    Some narrators read a book. However, this one is done with such great passion that I rank it as one of the top five, if not the top #1 for best narration. Though I feel that a book can do little to shock me, somewhat because of modern times and somewhat because I'm a morbid person... this book got under my skin and terrified me in ways that I don't think Stephen King could even touch on. Taking place some sixty years ago... I did not expect it to be as potent today as it might have been back then, but the writing is so good that this is a classic for a reason. Definitely a timeless book. The narrator is what makes it though.

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    • Jennifer
    • 29/05/2012

    Delightfully devious.

    Ok first of all, Jeremy Irons. Is. A. God. I would listen to him narrate the phone book to me, and not just because he's Jeremy Irons, but because he really and truly brings this book to life and I know he would make every name in the yellow pages ring with significance and meaning until I cried with the beauty of it all. His every intake of breath is part of the story, every pause is there for a reason, every single syllable is spoken in just the perfect way to put you inside poor Humbert Humbert's sad mind until you start mentally narrating your routine daily life with the same sinister intonations. I honestly believe Irons' narration is superior to his performance in Lolita the film because here you get frontal lobe seats to the nymphet obsessed HH just as Nabokov intended. Second, the story is, and has always been, one of my favorites. Its perversely delightful. All the wrong things happen in this story, and yet Nabokav does it with so much wit and frank honesty that you cant help but laugh out loud as HH details the seedy depths of his intentions and secret dreams. The writing is extraordinary!!! Nabokov submerges you in his prose and takes you to the intimate depths of a world where a pervert's fantasy becomes reality. This is truly a gritty experience that leaves you dusty from sitting between HH and Lola on their cross-country motel spree.

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    • Debra
    • 22/06/2006

    Disturbing but beautiful

    There is really nothing to add to all the wonderful reviews that have been written about this story and it's masterful narration. It is well worth the time to listen. My heart broke a million times over for little Dolores and I was shocked by how much sympathy I felt for the monster Humbert Humbert by the end of the story.
    Jeremy Irons is a masterful narrator. I loved every second of it. Even when I wanted to choke HH.

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    • paul
    • 13/05/2016

    English language mastered at length

    It is a long book. And you need to be ready to listen to the elegantly put thoughts of a pedophile for hours. But that is the core of its artistic value and what makes this book so courageos and impressive. Wonderful: the very elaborate language which Irons masters geniously, bringing the character(s) to life.

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    • Daniel Romero-Posada
    • 25/04/2021

    Exquisitely beautiful and disgusting

    Let's get matters straight: HH is an abhorent human being attempting to win the reader over to his side. He deserves nothing. Dolores almost never gets to exist in this book, HH's 'Lolita' is most of what we get...

    I can't say I could recommend this book, for although it is definitely one of the best-written books I have read, it has left me distraught. I both mourn Dolores and hate myself for falling for HH's beautiful narration. This is one of the great tragedies of literature. There is no love here. There is only lust and hate. Don't let yourself be fooled into believing this is a love story. It is not.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 09/06/2020

    great and komplex feelings

    to keep it as short as possible: i listened this book because of a youtuber called "philosophie tube" and i guess many younger listeners will too. he made a great little assey on it, a video titled "beauty in ugly times". so instead of repeating his views, i advise you to check this video out. i found this book very komplex and intriguing and I am happy that i have read it. jeremy irons is, comme usual, a great actor and he really sells this one. from humberts twisted view and urges, to his artistic core and beauty of mind (how he describes even moundane things as vividly as it where directly in front of you) itvreally comes across that humbert is suffering from his obsession. great story, told like a true one.

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    • Matthias Ruckenbauer
    • 08/07/2019

    Faszinierend und perfekt erzählt

    Nabokov's psychographic description of a man torn between his love to a young girl and the destructive lust that makes him abuse her told in a perfect mix of poetic melancholy and aggressive excitement by Jeremy Irons. A must have.

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    • SQS
    • 20/10/2017

    Probably the best book ever written

    The low tone quality made me enjoy the good speaker and increadible story a little bit less. I most likely will never again encounter such a wonderfully written book

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    • Melanie
    • 13/06/2022

    Fantastic!

    In my humble opinion, if you truly want to experience Lolita's full extent of poetic complexity, listen to an audiobook and when you do, this audiobook in particular. This novel has been called a "Love letter to the english language" for a very good reason. From the first to the last sentence, Nabokov plays with words and their sounds, painting a beautiful picture of the horrific events of this story, which is of course exactly what good old Humbert Humbert would have intended.
    Speaking of which, Mr. Double H is more played than spoken by Jeremy Irons, who has already portrayed him in the 1997 movie as well. I cannot think of any other actor who would be able to bring out the facettes of Humbert Humbert as he does, the arrogance, the narcissism but also the sorrow and regret he experiences in the novel as well while paying tribute to his eloquence and maintaining the rhythm of Nabokov's words.
    I have thoroughly enjoyed this masterpiece and will probably listen to it again and again.

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    • LR
    • 20/07/2021

    A paedophile is a paedophile even in literature

    I had to think of my girl grandchildren viewed and described this way and I was disgusted

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    • Pauline
    • 31/03/2017

    A classic you have to read/listen

    It is a classic and a great book: beautiful and perverse... complicate relation between both main characters.